The Reputation of the Architects/The Call of the Architects
intervention at the intersection of public and private space
X-Apartments Suburbs, Märkisches Viertel, Berlin 2005
Märkisches Viertel at the northern outskirts of Berlin was built in the 1960s as a sulfsufficient district to house as many people as possible in as little space as feasable. The young architects, none of whom was experienced in city planning, were convinced that "whoever could build a house, could build a city just as well". Their futuristic tomorrowland in the middle of nowhere, the dream of a bright future, soon turned into a nightmare.
The location of our intervention were the high-rises of the architects Müller/Heinrichs which are crowned with studio-penthouses for artists who have never moved in. Stepping out on the roof you have a striking view of the surroundings. From this perspective the residential blocks transform into tectonic masses, dark shady gorges, and bare mountain ridges. Weatherbeaten footbridges across the roofs invite for a hike.
Visitors were provided with helmets and megaphones and guided to the edge of the roof. From here they shouted programmatic statements of the architects who have built the district. On six neighboring roofs assistents responded to the calls. Thus a soundcloud arose, echoing between the highrises and making the radical euphoria of the beginning audible again.
Guides: Marianna Bispo, Diego Ceresuela. Shouters from the roofs: Hanna Binder, Alberto Cobos, Víctor Dúran, Javier Santa Maria, Lucia Martinez, Berta Sola Sanchez, Torben Schomaker, Adela Bravo Sauras and all visitors.