Unbuilding Walls – Exhibition Catalog

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Project type
Publication
Time
2017–2018
Ob behalf of
Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community
Preface
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier
Publisher
Birkhäuser
Language
German / English
ISBN
978-3-0356-1613-2
Year
2017 - 2018

In 2018, Germany will be reunified for 28 years–exactly as long as the inner German border wall (1961–1989) existed. In the German Pavilion at the 2018 Architecture Biennale in Venice, GRAFT architects–Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit–together with the German politician Marianne Birthler take this parallel as an opportunity to explore the effects of division and the process of healing as a dynamic spatial phenomenon.

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This accompanying publication examines prominent examples of urban and architectural design that have arisen along the course of the former border strip since the reunification and address aspects of division and integration. Special focus is given to the site of the former Berlin Wall. In a series of essays, renowned architects, urban planners and political commentators examine the urban and social manifestations and implications of these developments. The publication also responds to current debates on nations, protectionism and division. As the world grows together, walls are increasingly being discussed and built that divide people from one another.

With contributions by: Marianne Birthler, Axel Klausmeier, Michael Cramer, John Kornblum, Thomas Krüger, Michael Pilz, Scilla Elworthy, Wolfgang Tiefensee, Jochen Sandig, Hans Stimmann, Kristin Feireiss, Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz, Thomas Willemeit; and interviews with Daniel Libeskind and Bruno Flierl.

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GRAFT Unbuilding Walls Catalogue 01
GRAFT Unbuilding Walls Catalogue 01
GRAFT Unbuilding Walls Catalogue 01
GRAFT Unbuilding Walls Catalogue 01
Editors
Marianne Birthler, Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit
Project management
Nora Zerelli
Editorial Team
Felix Torkar, Nora Zerelli
Illustration editing and research assitence

Marta Busnelli, Julia Dorn, Laura Harnisch, Ameli Klein, Verena Otto

Editorial supervision and project management (Birkhäuser)
Henriette Müller-Stahl
Copy Editing
Michael Wachholz
Production
Amelie Solbrig
Graphic Design
Christian Schärmer, Rein Steger, Max Schmieding, Maria Martí Vigil
Lithography
Oriol Rigat
Translations
GER/EN: Julian Reisenberger, EN/GER: Roland Pawlitschko
Transliterations
Amy LaBranch, Helena Reiners
Paper
110g/m2 Amber Graphic
Typefaces
Akzidenz Grotesk, Exil71
Printing
DZA Druckerei zu Altenburg GmbH
Catalog photos
Max Schmieding, PROXI.ME