katharina balgavy

3.1  the airfield 


Berlin’s airfield Tempelhof was first officially designated as an airport in 1923. The site was used as a parade field by Prussian forces, and by unified German forces from 1720 until the start of World War I. As part of the Architect Albert Speer's plan for the reconstruction of Berlin during the Nazi era and World War ll, Ernst Sagebiel was ordered to replace the old terminal with a new terminal building in 1934. The airport halls and the adjoining buildings, intended to become the gateway to Europe and a symbol of Hitler's ‘world capital’ Germania, which are still known as one of the largest built entities worldwide, have been described by British Architect Sir Norman Foster as ‘The mother of all airports’. The image series is exploring notions of nationalism and the exclusion of historical information on site. Today, a vast landscape and landmark including an inactive airport, it does not show signs or descriptions of its historic events and impact on site. 

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