Nine Urban Biotopes

Negotiating the Future of Urban Living


Berlin – Johannesburg – London -
Durban - Turin - Cape Town - Paris

In 2014, four European artists - Armin Linke, Antje Schiffers, Marjetica Potrč and Anthony Schrag - worked in South Africa while at the same time five South Africans - Athi-Patra Ruga, Dan Halter, Taswald Pillay, Terry Kurgan and Rangoato Hlasane - worked in Europe.

 

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CITY WALK to the political architecture of Berlin with Matthias Pabsch

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Posted by: stefan

Im Spreebogen, unmittelbar an der ehemaligen Berliner Mauer, treffen trennende und verbindende Elemente aufeinander. Noch immer lässt sich die Geschichte der geteilten Stadt an dieser Stelle ablesen, gleichzeitig prägen symbolische Brückenschläge das Bild. Darüber hinaus verdichten sich hier politische Bauten zu einer Architekturlandschaft, bei deren Errichtung die Möglichkeiten des demokratischen Bauens ausgelotet werden sollten. Das Thema Transparenz wurde in all seinen Fassetten durch dekliniert. Dennoch scheitert die Einlösung dieses architektonischen Versprechens meist an mehr oder weniger subtilen Barrieren.

 

In close proximity to the former Berlin Wall, on the peninsula „Spreebogen", elements of urban divisions and connections can be found side by side. Still today the area can be seen as case study for the history of the divided city, in spite of the numerous symbolic gestures meant to bridge the former gap. Furthermore buildings housing political institutions make up an urban landscape, in which theoretical concepts of democratic architecture have been pursued. The theme of of physical and mental transparency thereby played a decisive role. And yet more or less subtle physical barriers bring about the failure of this idealistic architectural concept.

 

'Entrance Gate to Chancellors Office Berlin' Copyright by Margareta von Oswald, Signs of the City, 2008

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