Since the reunification of Germany in 1991, the restructuring of open spaces in the central area cities of former Deutsche Demokratische Republik (DDR), has disclosed a complex process of design and human and professional interaction involving questions such as cultural identity, preservation or disregard of local heritage and the assimilation of Western values. This paper (1) outlines the main factors underlying the design and the production of urban built environments in cities of the former DDR as a result of Western and Eastern German professional and human interaction; (2), brings to the debate how to preserve local urban and cultural identity representative of a past undesirable regime; and (3), takes as a case-study, the city of Lübz , in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Brendle: 1992), to discuss how the needs and values of a society in transition are expressed in the built environment, considering its ambiguous attitudes towards symbols from its recent past and its contradictions (preferences and rejection) towards Western aesthetic values.