1.1  airfield tempelhof

GER / 2013

The image series is exploring notions of nationalism. 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 to the start of World War I. In 1909, Armand Zipfel made the first flight demonstration in Tempelhof, followed by Orville Wright later that same year. As part of Albert Speer's plan for the reconstruction of Berlin during the Nazi era, Prof. 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, are still known as one of the largest built entities worldwide, and have been described by British Architect Sir Norman Foster as "the mother of all airports". Today, the airfield is a public space for recreation, it does not show signs of its historial references and impact on site.

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