From Oct. 19-23rd, I will lead an urbanism + art workshop at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar with artist + art historian Lisa Glauer, architectural historian Philippe Schmidt, and artist, urbanist, and art historian Emily Verla Bovino. The workshop will center upon the management and erasure of collective memory in urban space. Participants will include a range of international students with backgrounds in architecture, art, and urban design. During the week, I also will present a lecture about recent related projects.
Weimar carries with it great nationalistic pride- as home of Goethe, Schiller, and Nietzche's work. Weimar was also the nearest city to the concentration camp Buchenwald. Needless to say the small town carries with it a history much larger than it's size- and I am glad to be presenting this workshop with scholars who are familiar with its historic and physical landscape.
Atrium Shopping mall in Weimar, Germany. The site of the Atrium was a former Gauforum, a Nazi rally site. There is no mention of this history at the Atrium- however, the large field outside the shopping center is gated from public entrance- creating an impenetrable void.
Gauforum Nazi Rally, May 1938. Image: weimar-historischefotos