Monday, September 8, 2014

Open Day: Inside the power of Deutscher Bundestag

Last year we've been Inside the Air Ministry Building (Reichsluftfahrtministerium), this year we've been inside the Paul-Löbe-Haus and Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus, where usually is not possible to enter and to take pictures.
This year, for the Tag der Ein- und Ausblicke, it has been possible to visit both the buildings, together with the Reichstag Building. The aim was to let the people get in touch with the political parties,organizing tours, talks and different activities inside the two buildings.
The Paul-Loebe-Haus and Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus form through their architecture a unit by matching the River Spree contours of the roof edge and the bridge on both sides of the Spree connects the two buildings. The architect of both houses referred to the bridge as "Leap across the Spree" (Sprung über die Spree). The connection of the building from east to west symbolized the unity of East and West Germany (the Berlin Wall ran across the build area).
Inside the Bibliothek des Deutschen Bundestages, the ceiling is adorned with a rotating blue neon tape by Italian artist Maurizio Nannucci with a spell that is based on a quote from Hannah Arendt: "Freedom is conceivable as the possibility of action among equals / Equality is conceivable as the possibility of action for freedom."

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Breaking the Circle: The new life of the Biotürme (Lauchhammer)

There was a time in Berlin when in every courtyard there was hills of coal, when the Kohlenmann was bringing them and then everyone was going to put their in the keller. And then the infinites trips from there to the apartment, everyday bringing down the ashes and bring up new coal.
There was a time when East Berlin was smelling of coal.
This time is passed, although apparently there still some appartments in East Berlin where the heating is still running with coal. Just one year ago a friend was living in an appartment in Prenzlauer Berg.
The funny story is that the same friend, some years ago, was telling me about a special place, south east of Berlin, close to Dresden, where strange industrial towers where still up and there were going to be converted after a long decadence.
Just recently I've managed to go Lauchhammer to have a look at the Biotürme, built by the DDR in the 50's to produce different coal-related materials and also the black coal bricks used in the houses of East Berlin.

Today the area has been totally removed and just the bio-towers are still up. Restored, it's now possibile to have a guided tour inside one of them that has been cleaned from the residuals and the strong smell, to the top where some artists have made some actions and build some landings on the area.

Special thanks to Roberto Conte

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