The large East German prefabricated apartment buildings, known as ‘Plattenbau’ (compound of ‘Platte’ – panel and ‘Bau’ – building) on one hand were a cheap way to solve the country’s housing shortage, on the other hand they corresponded to the political understanding of socialistic living. Even though these apartments were considered highly desirable in GDR, since 1989 decreasing population and modern housing led to high vacancy rates. Many of the apartment buildings, at some places even entire living areas, are being torn down.

With her accessible architectural sculpture ‘Grabungsstädte’ (eng.: excavation) the German artist Dagmar Schmidt reminds of a time when these areas were filled with life, and she points to the problems of the changing social space.
She used the walls of one torn down building, the original footprint of six three-room apartments and refurnished them with concrete furniture. Like this Dagmar Schmidt created a beautiful metaphor for the disappearing substance of thousands of people’s homes.

* Lo escribe Nora Schmidt y lo encuentro en la página daily tonic


2 comentarios:

  1. yeah! eso si que es literal...
    me parece que esta obra expresa muy bien el desacuerdo de la gran parte de la arquitectura moderna con su entorno...
    y como la industrialización ha hecho de la vivienda una autentica maquina de vivir, que responde y determina, casi con frivolidad cada pequeño acto de cotidianidad...

  2. Si. Literalmente físico...
    Me encanta lo de "auténtica máquina de vivir...".
    Guardo la frase y vuestro blog para irlo ojeando..