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Trip

Berliner Luft

Berlin
10.04 14.04 2002
Berlijn en omgeving
Berlijn
Germany

The city of Berlin is an emotionally loaded city, a mystical metropolis. The images of Berlin are burned into our collective memory. Berlin is a city with an ‘Earth-shaking’ history in a country with a horrific past.

(autotranslated) The city of Berlin is a loaded city, a mystical metropolis. Berlin images are burned into our collective memory. Check Point Charlie? The airlift to Tempelhof? The East German soldier jumped over the barbed wire? J.F.Kennedy: “Ich bin ein Berliner”? The embrace of Brezhnev and Honecker? The people and the fall of the wall? The Judas kiss Gorbatschov-Honecker? The transitional figure Egon Krenz? Whether the book burning in ’33? The Olympics of ’36? Jesse Owen? Leny Riefenstahl? Crystal Night of ’38? Adolf Hitler? The destroyed Reichstag, the destroyed city?

Reichstag - Norman Foster, 1992 bruno vanbesien

Berlin is a city with an “Earth-shaking ‘history in a country with a horrific past. The trip to Berlin is impossible to ignore the facts and history. Our trip will have a historical, urban and political dimension, including contemporary architecture, the binder will be. The projects and achievements of today’s construction (-woede) can not possibly be understood without the historical interpretation. And there are some built in Berlin! At the time when Berlin Bonn decided to be in Berlin to a building boom arise that apparently no longer has to stop.

Some argue that Berlin is bankrupt, but the city is a tower crane, building site, construction site and there seems to be no immediate end in sight. Architecture Competitions and projects remain but are planned or going into execution. During the preparation trip we had every time the feeling we get to early 2 to 5 years. I’ll give a few examples of projects that we can not see: The memorial to the Jewish victims of Peter Eisenmann, the Dutch embassy by OMA, the French Embassy by Christian de Portzamparc, the Academy of Gunter Behnisch, Topography of Terror by Peter Zumthor. Either in execution or shut down discussion. And there is still so much more to come, it really makes no sense to wait. Perhaps we should compare Berlin with the latest computer, mobile phone or Internet. You better wait to have the latter, but if you keep waiting.

It is also important to have quickly experienced the demolition that the GDR has caused bumps in the area where the wall stood. It is important to see with their own eyes how one feverish manner that will restore wound … or close scorch? A comparison of the Potsdamer- and Leipziger Platz in the period just before the fall of the wall and today his hallucinatory.

In May 1987 we were there with Archipelago once before. Following the IBA Bauausstellung 87. The hallucinatory contact East West … the wall … historic architecture paradigms of Schinkel, Scharoun and Mies Van der Rohe, Ahrend, Mendelsohn, Le Corbusier … besides the IBA projects by Hollein, Grazzi, Krier Rossi , Ungers, Eisenman, Hertzberger and Kolhoff … were when the architectural motifs. The city has become another city. Some itims from the first trip (Mies Van der Rohe, Scharoun) come back into play, but the mileage hungry Siedlungen and IBA projects are not …

(for now) four major themes.

  • West and East Berlin *
    The wall and its history, the familiar and less familiar distinction between East and West. The history of the city and its urban development. We think of the Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden, the Museum Island, the Palace of the Republic, Alexanderplatz, Check Point Charlie, Bernauerstrasse and the remnants of the Berlin Wall.
  • the new constitutional Berlin *
    The new political heart of a united Germany in Berlin, in the district of the Bundestag, the official residence of the German Federal Chancellor and the Reichstag. The construction and growth of various embassies that are moved along.
  • the power and violence of capitalism *
    On an unimaginable way they are busy Potsdamer Platz and Leipziger Platz building filled with a mixture of semi-commercial and purely commercial buildings. Offices, mega-cinemas, prestigious hotels, etc …
  • the architectural history of the 20th century *
    We think a beautiful piece of 20th century architectural history back to a fairly concentrated place

There are obviously a number of buildings that do not fall within this straitjacket and that are situated further outside the center, but still on our program. As you still sees plenty for those four days, and then we have not yet thought about the Siedlungen Bruno and Max Taut, Poelzig Fritz Higher, Scharoun, etc ..

People with literary interests, who would like a taster of how the atmosphere like there must have been in the East German part of Berlin we can recommend a wonderful book: “Stille Zeile, number six” of Monika Maron published by Atlas. A beautiful and yet poignant farewell and reckoning with the GDR.
Gallerie Lafayette - Jean Nouvel, 1996 bruno vanbesien
Tour guide: Wim Supply & Gery Vandenabeele

Programme

Jüdisches Museum – Daniël Libeskind, 1999
American Business Center – SOM & Philip Johnson
Quartier Schützenstraße – Aldo Rossi, 1998
GSW Büro – Sauerbruch-Hutton, 1999
TAZ Gebäude – Gerhard Spangenberg
Bürokomplex – Axel Springer
Kapelle der Versöhnung – Sassenroth & Reitermann, 2000
Bundeskanzleramt – Axel Schultes & Charlotte Frank, 2001
Reichstag – Norman Foster, 1999
Botschaft den Nordischen ländern – Berger & Parkkinen, 1999
Mexikanische Botschaft – Francisco Serrano & Teodoro, 2000
González de León, 2000
Schweizer Botschaft – Diener & Diener, 2000
Österreichischen Botschaft – Hans Hollein, 2001
Britische Botschaft – Michael Wilford, 2000
SONY Center – Helmut Jahn & Murphy, 2000
Daimler Benz – Hans Kolhoff & Renzo Piano, 2000
Richard Rogers, Rafael Moneo & Arata Isozaki
Galerie Lafayette – Jean Nouvel, 1996
Peek & Cloppenburg – Gottfried & Peter Böhm
Mercedes World – Lamm, Donath & Partners
DG-Bank – Frank Gehry, 2001
Handelskammer – Nicolas Grimshaw, 1998
Neue Nationalgalerie – Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe, 1968
Kulturforum
Philharmonie – Hans Scharoun, 1963
AEG-Turbinenhalle – Peter Behrens, 1909
Bauhaus Archiv – Walter Gropius, 1979
Velodrome – Dominique Perrault, 1999
Krematorium Treptow – Axel Schultes & Charlotte Frank, 1999