Saturday, November 29, 2014

Platz der Vereinten Nationen (Leninplatz)


Today this square (united nations square) looks very simple and quite and without a strong meaning, but before it was Leninplatz.

In the beginning here was standing the Landsberger Tor, then, after the end of the WWII this area was heavely destroyed (with the rubbish they built the 2 mountains of the Volkspark Friedrichshain just behind the square).
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Lenin in 1970, a completely new urban district with a newly designed Lenin Square.
The square is one of the outstanding examples of the socialist urban DDR (with one of the tallest residential buildings in East Berlin) and symbolizes the transition of the city with the old buildings on the lower Landsberger Allee with the Friedrichshain Hospital into a modern city center around Alexanderplatz.

The 19-meter high statue of Lenin stood on a circular base, 26 meters in diameter. The monument was made of red, Ukrainian granite.

In 1991 the statue has been removed, the demolition of the entire monument took several months until February 1992. Many people tried to stop the demolition or block at least, so that the work took longer than planned.
The 129 parts of the monument have been buried in the sand pit at Seddinberg at Müggelheim.

More infos: WIKI (german)

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Stasi: Operativ-Technische Sektor (OTS)

The buildings are just in front of the Berlin Hohenschönhausen (Stasi Prison).

The departments main task was the production of special intelligence technology. The OTS was responsible for the development, production and maintenance of every kind of espionage equipment including secret wiretapping devices, cameras, camouflage and monitoring instruments.

Are now part of the information area from the prison and are used as Art studios as well.

More infos: Studios ID

Thanks to Roberto Conte

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Fighting against the East Bloc: Hansaviertel (Tiergarten)

The Hansaviertel, between Tiergarten and Moabit, was one of the most devastated neighborhoods in Berlin at the end of World War II, so devastated to provide a unique opportunity for planners to rebuild an entire area from scratch.
In '53 the city sets an international competition for the design of a large residential area surrounded by green areas, to represent the supremacy of the West against the DDR construction project of Stalinalle (today Karl-Marx Allee).
It was completely rebuilt at the IBA (Internationale Bauausstellung - International Building Show in 1957).
Architects as Walter Gropius, Alvar Aalto, and Arne Jacobsen were invited to design and build the district in the style of modern architecture, along with various sculptors such as Henry Moore.


More infos: WIKI (german)
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/AA5Yl

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Lichtgrenze, the Berlin wall has blown off (9th November Celebration)


It looked a bit like New Year's Eve, when you get out on the street without being sure of where you will celebrate.
And then, as you walk, meet other people, and you realize that you're directed to the same point.
So at every intersection you are more and more, you become a multitude of individuals.
The 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Wall were held as a calm, relaxed and simple meeting with a wait of smiling people looking for a place to enjoy and rejoice together.
The anniversary was celebrated with not-perfect-choreography, a factor that has made it even more human, family, some balloons did not want to break away from the stand and others were caught, others have flown even in advance, accompanied by playful incitement of the public.
With the ideal wall that flew away, the city has recovered its unity and together returned home, with a historical interesting note that someone has pointed out: from the Oberbaumbrücke most of the crowd was directed towards Friedrichshain towards that East from which all ran away 25 years ago.

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