- It does have a certain appeal—but only from a bird's eye view, with the inner-city traffic gliding swiftly around the large, oval island. Surrounded by a ring of faceless high-rises, a huge fountain springs from the centre of the roundabout, spurting water high into the heavens. In the 1950s, urban architecture was all about creating open spaces for open-minded cities. Once considered a jewel of modernism, Ernst-Reuter-Platz is nowadays regarded as an urban-planning catastrophe. A relic of the days when cars were deemed more important than people.
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