Think of Berlin as lace: the streets and areas where things can move fast turn
against their nature to solidify into a structure that holds the city together.
Or think of Berlin as countless shapes placed next to each other: blocks that
assert the autonomy of small islands. Think of building these islands up in
an ocean of currents, or scratching them away in the soil. Imagine that this
lace-like structure is as rational as a cartesian grid, as if each quadrant was
part of an equation. Consider the stresses placed on each of the structural
segments, and the correlation of that stress to size.
This project is about making the drawings that are missing from history
books, and revealing the forces that have shaped the built environment
around us. In Berlin, historic walls dating back to the city’s beginnings have
been the strongest forces to form the physical environment, even if they
have now vanished from view. The drawings in this book are a personal
dialogue, analysis, and interpretation of historic texts and maps dealing with
the walls. They are printed in only a few scales (represented by a circle in the
bottom right corner of each drawing), so it is easy to compare drawings.
They draw distinctions about being inside and outside a city, highlight the
way borders connect uses, locate now demolished walls in the present-day
fabric, and extract the edges and resounding impacts of physical walls. By
using cartographic and architectural notations as a form of text, the
drawings confront physical space, and ask questions about our world.
About the book
With texts by Olaf Briese
and Anna Kostreva
English / German
Softcover, 18 × 25 cm
160 pages, colour
Berlin: A Morphology