Square of November 9, 1989, Berlin moment by moment

November 9, 1989 Square © 2011  sinai

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November 9, 1989 Square © 2011 P. Hausdorf sinai

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November 9, 1989 Square © 2011 J.E. Ouverkerk sinai

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November 9, 1989 Square © 2011  sinai

November 9, 1989 Square © 2011  sinai

November 9, 1989 Square © 2011 P. Hausdorf sinai

November 9, 1989 Square © 2011 P. Hausdorf sinai

November 9, 1989 Square © 2011  sinai

November 9, 1989 Square © 2011 J.E. Ouverkerk sinai

November 9, 1989 Square © 2011  sinai

In memory, the substance of 9 November 1989 consists of the sequence of strong individual moments.
Quotations embedded in the pavement recall these emotionally charged moments and events.

Motif
On the narrow strip of land on Bornholmer Straße, at the north-eastern foot of the Bösebrücke, a memorial space for 9 November 1989 is to be created, a memorial space for one day in other words.
Our proposal for the design of the square approaches the "moment" as a historical unit of time and as a motif of remembrance in the confrontation. Immediately, the 9th of November was addressed as a historical day. When looking back in memory, the day remains abstract as a unit of remembrance. It presents itself (like many before) as a flow of powerful individual moments, a building stream of unimagined news.
Many of the moments of this day belong to the frequently repeated canon of our media memory and are "retrievable" by a large part of the people in Germany, from Schabowski's "to my knowledge.... this is immediately, without delay" to the "madness" of late night. So far, they have not lost their emotional impact. The strong moments of this day are to mark the place.
And we want to imagine as the decisive moment of this night the, to our knowledge, undocumented moment when the first person detaches himself from this dense and swelling crowd and makes his way across the bridge.


Shape
The elongated, narrowing space is covered throughout with water-bound path surface, shade anthracite. Aligned perpendicularly with the relic of the Hinterland wall, rusting steel bands criss-cross the paving in a seemingly irregular manner.
In fact, their timing from east to west follows proportionally the chronology of the moments of 9 November 89. They are marked with hours and minutes and supplemented with verbatim quotations or text fragments. They concern events of the period from 9:00 a.m. to midnight.
Here the line runs for the moment of the instruction of the so-called "valve opening" (21:20) - at this time the first GDR citizen without exit papers could cross the bridge.


Space
The proposed spatial arrangement allows for an interplay between an area of commemoration, a central area of information and an area of contemplation. The entire space is also intended to be accessed sensually and contemplatively. The events of the day can be physically sensed in a short tour. The walk through the grove allows one to experience confinement and open expanse.

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Planning offices

SINAI Gesellschaft von Landschaftsarchitekten mbH
Berlin

Project period
2009 - 2011

Size
1.350 m²

Construction amount
0,3 Mio. €

Client
Land Berlin, Senatsverwaltung
für Stadtentwicklung

Address
Bornholmer Straße

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