"Ich habe mich nie eingeengt gefühlt"
Publication and exhibition
Eisenhuettenstadt is GDR's first planned city, located in East-Germany near Frankfurt Oder. In the early 1950's,
this new city was built near an iron-hut to supply housing for up to 55.000 people.
While other planned cities were mostly build with readymade "Plattenbau"-segments, Eisenhüttenstadt's city structure is more crafted and differentiated.
It appears almost like a condensation in fixed-matter of the GDR's vision for the life in idealism of the new socialistic man, as the GDR used to nurture it in the 50's. The citizens
often used to identify themselves with this, until the fall of the berlin wall in 1989.
After crucial political and economical changes, Eisenhüttenstadt is nowadays confronted with completely other circumstances, way of lifes and ideologies.
The publication and exhibition "Planstadt Eisenhuettenstadt" is meant as an possibility for an recognizing and understandable approach to this field of tension. Therefore, we questioned what's to be found aside of stereotypic choices, because everyday life is of course going on in UNO's worlds biggest surface monument.
As authors we wanted to document the present status quo of Eisenhüttenstadt, cross the axes of the planned city,
walk on it's borders, and collect experiences of the citizens for an deeper, self reflected discourse
on the relation of man and architecture on this special place.
Publication and Exhibition-Concept in collaboration
with Tobias Keinath
Co-author Ben Kaden
Fotographic Assistance by Marija Heinecke.
Mentoring by Markus Artur Fuchs & Prof. Matthias Siegert DESIGN PF
The exhibition took place during the annual semester presentation at Pforzheim University, Faculty of Design,
on 13.07 - 14.07.2012.
SUPER GROTESK HÜTTE - selfcut type family in 3 weights, see project-post for further details.
We'd like to publish this publication and are currently looking for an edition.
ADC Award 2013 Bronze - "Student-Book"
MFG Award 2012 Acknowledged - "Debütanten"
DDC Award 2012 - "Zukunft"
Link to Microsite: Planstadt-Eisenhüttenstadt.com