Arno Specht’s book Geisterstätten: Vergessene Orte in Berlin und Umgebung (Haunted Sites: Forgotten Places in Berlin and Surroundings, Jaron Verlag, 2010) is a “search for traces and ruins of Berlin’s youngest history … a history and a past that has not been worked over in museums, where the history of the buildings and their inhabitants is narrated, but rather it is a history of coincidental traces, un-arranged and un-curated.” (p.5)
“Forgotten places are often also disappeared places. First they disappear from the everyday, then from address- and phone books, then from maps, and eventually from street signs.” (p.7)
The book documents the sites that have up to now managed to escape gentrification and re-appropriation that has transformed Berlin over the last 20 years. Former breweries, factories, sanatoriums, amusement parks and spy stations are as of yet un-accounted for, unsold, un-renovated.