urban love scars
Love stories have two things in common with utopias: desire and destruction.
Sexually attracted by an object, Eija-Riitta Berliner-Mauer literally married the Berlin Wall in 1979, acquiring then her new husband’s surname as her own. East Berliners trapped in a desperate survival, would find such schizophrenia from West-siders, not an object of praise at all. If Ms. Berliner-Mauer saw the Fall of the Wall in 1989 as a terrible disaster, meaning her husband’s death, Koolhaas once read the void of the Wall as a true piece of convulsive architecture, to be also introduced in London periphery and Joseph Beuys ironically proposed that the Wall should be made taller by 5 cm for aesthetic purposes. [Robert Sumrell & Kazys Varnelis in Blue Monday: stories of absurd realities and natural philosophies]
On the other hand, it is also understandable to be appealed to the amount of dreams and tensions that introducing an alien mega-structure in a city generates. Just one block away from the former No-man’s land in Berlin, an urban renewal plan from the 1950s failed to destroy part of today’s most vivid area of Kreuzberg (including Görlitzer Park and Oranienstr.) and replace it with a huge freeway. My last home would have disappeared in this plan, but still, I would not discard a possible wedding with a meandering highway…
[image1> Eija-Riitta Berliner-Mauer with the Berlin Wall via berlinermauer.se] [image2> 1950s plan to build a highway through 19th century Kreuzberg in Berlin via wrangelkiez]