Before the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989, we were invited to speculate about the city’s future. As part of an overall scheme between of the axes of Mehringplatz to Bahnhof Friedrichstrasse and Brandenburger Tor to Alexanderplatz, the falling of the Wall offered new possibilities for regeneration. We considered both the expansion and the repair of the city, ranging from corridors of development to ‘Wall-zone’ building programmes.
The focus of our vision was the Alexanderplatz. Because it represents one of the few attempts to go beyond typical 19th Century urbanism, we decided to leave it free of homogeneous commercial development, to stand in poignant contrast to the vulnerable line that used to demarcate Berlin’s division. A series of diagrams shows possible development of these newly released territories. Corridor cities project into the landscape, and new geometries inhabit the former ‘dead zone’, sometimes rectilinear yet slightly out of sync with the existing order.
In our eyes, the Wall zone could become a linear park. Where were once a concrete ribbon wall and no-go zone, we would lay down a strip of park, decorated with buildings.
Vogue Magazine (UK)
This large-scale painting for British Vogue continues our exploration of views into London’s urban character.
The work presents our most radical shake-up of the metropolis in both diagrammatic and pictorial terms within a single painting – and it should be judged by this radicalness. We studied the open spaces, rail, road, water and air routes and borough layout, and restructured the entire plan. As the brush moves over London from the west, strands converge, stretch and continue towards the east. These strokes cut new section-lines of air and area for what we believe could be new sites for buildings, for it is the very intersection of vertical structures to the ground where public activities would be intensified in this new plan.