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In July, UNESCO delegates voted to add six modernist housing estates in Berlin to the organization's list of more than 800 World Heritage sites. Among the new listings are Hans Scharoun's 1934 Ring Estate.

In July, UNESCO delegates voted to add six modernist housing estates in Berlin to the organization's list of more than 800 World Heritage sites. Among the new listings are Bruno Taut's colorful Falkenberg Garden City, completed in 1916.

Another apartment block belonging to Scharoun's Ring Estate, which currently has about 2,800 residents in total. The balcony balustrades on this building were renovated during the 1980s.

Completed in 1930, Bruno Taut's Horseshoe Estate is anchored by a large U-shaped building. The apartments had access to both private and public gardens.

Clay Risen is the managing editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas. He has written about architecture for Metropolis, The New Republic, and Slate.

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