The buildings constructed in East Germany after the Second World War are often dismissed as drab, Soviet-style, prefabricated blocks of cement. But the architecture of the German Democratic Republic was created with an eye toward modernity and efficiency, and heralded the birth of a new country and a new economic and social system. Hans Engels has traveled throughout East Germany to photograph iconic modernist buildings that survived demolition. From movie theaters, high-rises, and restaurants to museums, convention centers, and transit stations, these buildings have all stood the test of time. While the philosophy that drove their design may be outdated, their retro appeal is stronger than ever.
East German Modern
Author: Hans Engels
Published: August 30,2019
I kept saying to myself, "Oh well, I'll do some music this weekend", and then I wouldn't, I'd be too tired and I'd say, "Oh, I'll do it next weekend", and then I wouldn't do it, so I just gave it up after a while. It was exactly what I knew a job would be like - not horrible enough to make you want to get out, just well paying enough to make you comfortable and to keep putting things off. Brian Eno as quoted in David Sheppard's 'On Some Faraway Beach: The Life and Times of Brian Eno