Chair of Building Physics and Building Constructions

Projekt Plattenvereinigung

Plattenvereinigung was named Werkstatt N-Projekt 2012

Plattenvereinigung is a research and educational project for testing sustainable behaviors and cultural forms bringing together actors from science, education, industry, trade and art to develop a universal culture of sustainability.

The project supports sustainable development education and makes sustainable thinking and acting tangible in the context of resource protection and an understanding of history. At the same time the project promotes a culture of recycling for the whole of society.

A pioneering and fully disassemblable and reassemblable recycled building was constructed as a medium and meeting space from reused prefabricated building components (in German “Platten”) from both East and West Germany, consciously integrating the importance of history and narratives into current discourse on sustainability in urban development, building culture, production and consumption. The building was developed in partnership with the Chair of Building Physics and Building Constructions at TU Berlin. Trainees and students were also included in the process to help design experimental teaching sites within the construction.

Plattenvereinigung uses the components of once visionary building cultures from East and West Germany and current urban redevelopment thinking as an opportunity to pursue a multifaceted and critical examination of future forms of coexistence and the challenges of a post-fossil future. The creation of a common architecture through a “historical” and unique re-use of materials (taken from the Olympic Village in Munich and residential blocks in Frankfurt an der Oder) helps make history and the meaningful use of resources a tangible and sustainable experience. The aspects that make it visible and tangible as a medium are thus an integral part of the building’s structural and thematic elements.

As such, it serves as both an object of study and a workshop for versatile professional, cultural and socio-ecological education and communication formats.
The formats pursued in the building include teaching sites, vocational, subject-specific and general education seminars, workshops, lectures and discussions, specialist research, theater, art projects and interactive offerings for general audiences, as well as daily information work in the media and on site.

Plattenvereinigung is funded by the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU) as a project for vocational training and public discourse on resource protection using the example of a model mobile recycled building in Berlin and is supported by a number of passionate, high-profile partners.

The building was initially housed in the Peter Behrens Hall at TU Berlin from January 2010 until May 2011. Its interdisciplinary program during this phase consisted of specialist and cultural events in a building-within-a-building format.

In May 2011, it relocated to Berlin’s Tempelhofer Freiheit (formerly Tempelhof Airfield) where it continued to offer a wide-ranging program until the end of October 2011 with funding provided by the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb).

From November 2011, the building was used as a space to develop pioneering projects and for participative sports at a new location at Tempelhofer Freiheit.

History and provenance of the East German and West German building components

OLY 72
The West German components were part of the famous student bungalows at Munich’s Olympic Village. The bungalows were originally built as accommodation for female athletes participating in the 1972 Olympics. They were then used as student housing, achieving their popularity not least through their colorful, individually painted facades. The bungalows were torn down as part of a general refurbishment of the village in 2008, before being faithfully reconstructed as a student village using new components. Some of the elements from the original bungalows were then selected by zukunftsgeraeusche in 2008 for reuse in the Plattenvereinigung building.

PH 12
The East German components were taken from the PH 12 modular residential buildings in Frankfurt an der Oder. The ensemble of buildings consisting of two detached highrises, known locally as “pistol castle,” were demolished as part of the Stadtumbau Ost rebuilding project. As with other demolition projects, the upper stories were removed floor by floor. This made it possible to reuse pre-fab elements from the demolished buildings.

Partners and support

Deutsche Bundestiftung Umwelt (DBU), Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (bpb), Berufsförderungswerk Berlin-Brandenburg, Bildungsverein Bautechnik, Fachgemeinschaft Bau Berlin-Brandenburg, Oberstufenzentrum Knobelsdorff-Schule Berlin, Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin, TU Berlin - Chair of Building Physics and Building Constructions, TU Berlin - Chair of Didactics, UdK Berlin - Architecture, Design and Building Construction, Bundesinstitut für Bau-, Stadt- und Raumforschung (BBSR), Deutscher Werkbund, Architektenkammer Berlin, Architekten für Architekten, Bauindustrieverband Berlin-Brandenburg, Bauteilnetz, Berufsverband Bildender Künstler Berlin, Deutsches Historisches Museum, GdW Bundesverband deutscher Wohnungs- und
Immobilienunternehmen, GrünBerlin Park und Garten GmbH, KIT Universität Karlsruhe, Kompetenzzentrum Großwohnsiedlungen, Kunststoffe Berlin, plattform nachwuchsarchitekten, Schaderstiftung, Tempelhofer Freiheit, workstation Ideenwerkstatt e.V, Zukunftsbau - Lehrwerkstatt Baerwaldbad, Betomax GmbH, BMK Brandenburg, BSW Berleburger Schaumstoffwerk, DEGASATD GmbH, EVENT CONSULT GmbH, Dipl.-Ing. E. Hönninger Bauunternehmung, ESCO Metallbausysteme, firestone, Fischer Befestigungstechnik, Grammer Solar, Dr. Grau GmbH, Hörmann, IKEA Stiftung, Tremco Illbruck, Kärcher, LMB Löther Maschinentransport Berlin, MC Bauchemie, Müller & Sohn, Pohl, Rockwool, Sika Deutschland GmbH, Stahlhandel Peters,
StoVerotec GmbH, Wohnungswirtschaft Frankfurt Oder, and many others

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