Lenne Dreieck


Martin Schmitz:

"We are here right next to the so-called Lenne-Dreieck (Lenne-triangle), which is actually not existing any more today, we are also next to the Potsdamer Platz. There are buildings today on the Lenne-triangle and we are here at the border of the Tiergarten, in the middle of Berlin. I have been passing here by bycicle for 25 years now, it is the perfect way to the centre...there are a lot of invisible and visible things going here, which interests me a lot at the moment.
This space is not organised like one may expect for a town centre, however, it evokes landscape images. At the same time, it waits for its historical reconstruction as it is a part of the axial structure of the Tiergarten, this will happen soon after the contruction of the tunnel which will reduce the traffic in this area.
There is an overlapping of landscape ideas, topoi, in this place - it evokes Lueneburger Heide in the centre of Berlin. This is a New York central park image, highrise housing neighbouring a landscape image. I do not know if I will be able to understand this after the historical reconstruction....this was a wilderness before, but now, with the new town behind, I can read this as a landscape - this is a rather funny condition.
when I go to the reconstructed parts I feel that I can not really understand what they want to tell me, the y follow an idea of order which is not really working any more in the city. Another interesting aspect of the Lenne triangle is that it has belonged to the German Demoncratic Republic until 1988, it was situated in the West but it belonged to the DDR, the Federal Republic bought it for 70 Million German Marks. Before 1988 this place was occupied by people, they foundet an independent republic in the middle of Berlin. The police chased the people after the government had exchanged the territories and the people occupying in the place fled to the East of the wall. They had breakfast there and went back to the West on a  different checkpoint, so this is already a first story of the fall of the wall.
As planners we are now confronted with the fact that everything has to explain itself, we do not perceive towns in a sequence any more, instead we a dropped out at specific points. The special aspect here is that a piece of wilderness has re-indentified itself as a landscape because of the new town quarter which has developed at its side...the image of wilderness with spontaneous paths is something we may remember from our childhood and thus, people may be able to understand it. What happends when we reconstruct structures from the Wilhelminina era? People will not understand it."

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Monumentenbrücke / Kreuzberg


Ina Peter:
"The bridge we are sitting on is the border between Kreuzberg and Schöneberg, both are quarters of Berlin...if you follow the tracks with your view you see the core of Berlin, which has been changing a lot in recent years...I could observe these changes every day since I've been living here for a long time now.... I have taken you here because this is one of the very few spaces close to my flat from where you have a wide and open view. There are very few places of this kind in Berlin because this is a very flat territory. However, I am not part of the center here but...beeing able to observe and at the same time at a distance to the centre, this is what I like about htis place. This is a privilege: a wide view. I observe it everyday while going to the tram, it is may daily walk, I could take a shorter  way but I don't do it. This view relaxes me a lot as it shows me the distance...there is always something special about bridges, also in Prague and Vienna, the Danube bridges, they have these wideness. By the way, historically, this space is of significance as it was supposed to be the place for Hitler's monumental central axis for Berlin, which has never been realised...."

Finding a chair

Finding a chair on a sunny late summer afternoon in Berlin. Finding the perfect relation of weight, character, stability and prize. However: this is our choice. Good luck for the next 3000 kilometres - what was your name again?