Zukunft Bau: Pop-Up Campus 2022© M. Schillak
Thursday, September 01, 2022
Photo exhibition 'Ugly Ducklings'. Sustainability as a problem of aesthetics.
Future Building Pop-up Campus, RWTH Aachen University.
Vernissage: September 1, 2022, 6 p.m.
The most sustainable approach to architecture is always its preservation. However, reasons of usability or technical obsolescence are often not decisive for the demolition of a building, but also the appreciation of the aesthetics of a certain era. Especially the buildings of the 70s and 80s, the so-called "ugly ducklings", do not correspond to contemporary taste and are therefore often demolished.
The aim of the project was to make the architectural qualities of such buildings visible again by means of photographic representation and in this way to create a new, positive image.
The exhibited photo series by students of the Faculty of Architecture show eight buildings from the 1970s and 1980s that were tracked down in Aachen's urban space. The choice fell on objects that either were or are under discussion to be demolished, whose demolition has already been decided or that do not appear worth preserving in the general perception. Among them are prominent 'non-places' such as the bus yard, but also barely noticed residential buildings, administrative and university buildings and even a church.
The event is open to the public and will take place on the 5th floor of the Pop-up Campus, Theaterstrasse 92-94.