Vom Todesstreifen zum freien Raum / From Death Strip to Freespace
Ed. by Architekten, GRAFT / Birthler, Marianne
The publication for the German Pavilion at the 2018 Architecture Biennale in Venice
A chapter of German history and a worldwide socio-political development
Editors: the German politician Marianne Birthler and GRAFT Architects
Aims and Scope
In 2018, Germany will have been unified for 28 years, which is exactly as long as the inner German border existed (1961–1989). In the German Pavilion at the 2018 Architecture Biennale in Venice, GRAFT Architects Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit, together with German politician Marianne Birthler investigate the effects of the separation and the process of healing as dynamic, spatial phenomena.
The accompanying publication focuses on outstanding urban design and architectural examples of the former inner German border that engage with the issues of separation and fusion. One focus is on the former Berlin Wall. Numerous essays by architects, urban designers, and political scientists examine the urban manifestations of this development, which can also be seen elsewhere.