Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 7 pm
Immaterial production of Space and material World Heritage

Discussion with Thomas Flierl (author, Berlin) and Arno Brandlhuber (architect, Berlin), moderated by Christian Posthofen (Akademie c/o)

Nowhere, the relationship between architecture and ideology becomes more graphic than in politically, nationally, ethnically, ideologically or religiously divided territories. On a global scale, Berlin between 1945 and 1989 is unique for the ideological aspect of architecture. The divided capital, the double Berlin, required all the governmental, municipal, residential and cultural buildings twice. In each differing, yet mirroring form of the architectures, one can see the circumstance in itself and at the same time doubled in its specific ideological orientation.

In the eyes of the Hansaviertel Civic Association, the Hermann Henselmann Foundation and the Friends of Hansaviertel, the architectures of the doubles Hansaviertel and Karl-Marx-Allee represent an outstanding example of the rivalry between the two systems, which faced each other in Berlin. In July 2012, the Berlin Senate decided to follow this reasoning and propose Hansaviertel and Karl-Marx-Allee in the Standing Conference for Cultural Affairs as a candidate for the list of the UNESCO World Heritage.

The initiative World Heritage Double Berlin went public for the first time in September 2012 with its open history workshop as part of the exhibition “Between Walls and Windows - Architecture and Ideology” at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, proposing to make a list of all doubles which sprang from the architectural arms race. The initiative sees in Hansaviertel and Karl-Marx-Allee only one among many pairs and ascribes the same importance to such doubles as “Springer Tower/Leipziger Strasse complex,” “Volksbühne/Freie Volksbühne” “Humbold Universität/Freie Universität,” and also regards these as potential World Heritage Sites.