Compact Class in Berlin, 2020

  High-Deck Housing Development in Berlin Copyright: © Martin Pickartz  

April 14, to April 18, 2020

At the beginning of the summer term 2020 we are going to dedicate our time to the topic of housing development in Berlin in the 20th century. In the course of a compact class, directly on site, we will explore different kinds of housing developments. Starting with the garden city Falkenberg in Treptow-Köpenick, the focus will be on the rapid development of the modernist architectural movement in the 1920s and 1930s, influenced by architects as Bruno Taut, Martin Wagner, and Hans Scharoun. Following the modernist movement, we will further look into the housing development in the era of National Socialism. An additional emphasis will be on the developments after World War II. We are going to survey projects such as the Hansa-Viertel planned by Otto Bartning, the Unité d’habitation by Le Corbusier, or Gropiusstadt in Neu-Kölln. Besides, more or less known projects in West as well as East Berlin of the 70s and 80s will be of relevance for our studies. During our visits we will not just be content with a simple inspection of the residential area, but we will change perspectives and either enter in some buildings or have a look from above onto the structures.

This seminar is related to the corresponding seminar held during the winter term of 2019. The participation in both courses is recommended but under no circumstances a requirement for the participation in the compact class. This is a compact seminar on site, where the students are asked to organized transport and housing themselves.

Registration is possible, starting on January 16, 2020, in the administrative office in the Art History Department.