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THE POWER OF MEMORY through the INDUSTRIAL ARCHEOLOGY by BERLINO EXPLORER

“The sites have memory. They remember everything. The memory is etched in stone. It is deeper than the deepest waters. It is like the sand of the dunes, which is constantly changing. “ WIM WENDERS

This time I have the pleasure to welcome an interesting article and discussion by Zuleika Munizza, responsible of BERLINO EXPLORER, about INDUSTRIAL ARCHEOLOGY.

It’s an argument that touches me personally because from the photographic and architectural standpoint is often a source of inspiration for my work. Just because these places transmit texture and surface memories of people who have lived.

Zuleika said: “What is industrial archeology and because in Germany there is great attention and interest in dell’Industriekultur, literally Corporate Culture?

The industrial archeology was born as a branch of classical archeology at the time of termination of the phase of the industrialization process in Europe, explores and examines all the evidence related to this process since its origins, which are identified at the end of ‘700 , before the industrial revolution.

As discipline of study, I.A. born in the first half of the fifties in England, for deepening the knowledge of the history of past and present production, taking into analyzing the archaeological traces generated in the places, where these processes beginning from the second half of the eighteenth century, phase just before the Industrial Revolution, to the present day.
Certainly a different way of reading the city and its changes, It’s performing paths of industrial archeology, to get to explore interesting areas which survive in old factories; then last time the city is reclaiming these places, to promote activities permanent or temporary, cultural and not.2012-12-30 14.32.28

The Industrial Archeology, as well as architecture, are a perfect way to read the hidden traces of history.

Berlin is full of wonderful architectural industrial volumes , but despite their productive function often become reason for specialized architects to represent, through the majesty of the design and the attention to detail, the importance of the historical moment.

hese fascinating structures, are now like giants who wake up in the middle of a city and are changing dramatically the urbanistic situation, especially in Berlin, as well as in all cities with a significant past production, then you can see contemporary skyline near these volumes of the past.

In Germany the Gründerzeit, the stage of economic development of the nineteenth century (the second industrial revolution) corresponds to that historical period in Central Europe, during which the bourgeoisie acquires the role of cultural guide, assigning new tasks to aesthetics, especially in the field of architecture and all manual arts, which leads to the development of an eclectic art forms already existing.

In Berlin, in the heart of the city, the production leaves in the urban structure the signs of the passage of a flourishing economy that, for historical reasons well known to us (for example World Wars) stopped abruptly.

The activities take up again after the official division of the country and the process reconverts; in different cities of the German Democratic Republic, as in Leipzig for example, after the reconstruction of the early post-war years, we can see the rebirth and revival its productive capacity.

2012-12-28 13.06.24Process in East Berlin will be slower than in other parts of East Germany; the reconstruction of the city, burned to the ground for almost 85% of its totality, is the obvious priority; rebuild homes and fabric of the city, are the starting points for the revival.
The pride of the industrial productivity during the Democratic Republic is Leipzig, with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of utopia community, then collapses beneath the weight of almost total ddisposal of its factories, now mostly abandoned.

Here in Leipzig, as in all industrial cities, the working-class community is very active in the trade unions in defending the rights of workers, and even more so during the communist regime.

From these movements born Friedlichen Revolution, the peaceful revolution of autumn ’89, (the famous “protests fo Monday”), decisive events that herald the final failure of the DDR (founded by another, ironically, officially Oct. 7 ’49) .”

Then BERLINO EXPLORER has began the discovery of Leipzig area. I am very happy to deal  this topic on my blog and I hope very soon to come back to talk about. Stay Tuned!

http://www.berlino-explorer.com/

Info and Contact:

Zuleika Munizza

Frankfurter Allee 5
10247 Berlin

telefono: | email: z.munizza@berlino-explorer.com

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BERLIN AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE by BERLINO EXPLORER!

   I’m always very glad to be able to talk about the project developed over the years by a dear friend.
Exactly one year ago I had the pleasure to know Zuleika, she led me to the discovery of unusual corners of the city.

Therefore I’ ve had the opportunity to know her project called BERLINO EXPLORER and especially the passion which she pursues  together her collegue Francesco.

Berlino Explorer was created in 2009 with the aim to analyze and show artistic and architectural aspects of Berlin’s districts, in particular during the last years of fast change that has interested the capital city of Germany.

They organize all year long guided tours, thematic excursions on various topics and explorations of urban issues inherent in contemporary architecture . Their goal is to observe the transformation in the urban landscape of Berlin, a city in “constant evolution.”

The purpose of their tours is to tell the history of the city, focusing on the personal stories of people who live or have lived in Berlin and analyzing anecdotes, useful to better understand the complexity of the events occurred in the last hundred years.

556528_221653871295041_472385097_nOne of the most interesting experiences to have in Berlin is walking around its neighborhoods: hidden streets, numerous parks, unimaginable courtyards… along the way there is the frequent discovery of self-managed spaces, still saved from the gentrification phenomenon, which have been imaginatively reinvented full of art and culture. The paths to explore Berlin, in fact, represent an excellent opportunity to visit the downtown areas of the current German capital—places focused on culture and creativity.

The tours will explore the neighborhoods of Berlin which, since the fall of the Wall in ’89, have assisted in the major alterations of the city: one of them is the multi-ethnic Kreuzberg36 , with his busy streets and his alternative life. From a complicated history of border neighborhood to a new development as artistical center of the new Berlin in the 1990s.

Travelling from the former West to the East, there’s the peculiar Prenzlauer Berg: a busy neighborhood composed by busy streets and hidden corners, trendy places and old locations where is still possible to feel the difficoult past of Berlin. And, furthermore, the place in the city where were located a lot of famous breweries, ready to tell their beautiful history.

181076_302546623205765_1567320588_nThe last (but not least) neighborhood is the “rebel” Wedding, a former thermal center at the gates of Berlin who became a thriving industrial center. Wedding’s productive courtyards are still there, witnesses of a past and ready to become centers of a new artistic streak.

All this tours will address paths punctuated by stories that intertwine past and present times, to show how the city’s identity takes social, cultural, and political shape and how the contemporary is still in movement.

I know Francesco and Zuleika since one year and I can truly say that there is no one else that will show you the city as they do.
Then I highly recommend their tours
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http://www.berlino-explorer.com/

Info and Contact:

Zuleika Munizza

Frankfurter Allee 5
10247 Berlin

telefono: | email: z.munizza@berlino-explorer.com

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