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After Place 1: Südgelände


Bohland & Schremmer Verlag
After Place 1: Südgelände
James Clancy

48 pages

‘After Place’ is the title of a series of future books which looks at: What becomes of a Place after its function is obsolete. The first book deals with a place called Südgelände which in its past life was part of the switch yard in the south of the city. Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände was part of the switch yard Tempelhof, a typical wasteland of a railway area. In the 19th century and in the first half of the 20th century the switchyard used to be one of Berlin’s most productive railway systems. After the end of World War II the status of Berlin as a divided city and in particular the Berlin Blockade lead to the loss of importance of the switch yard which eventually resulted in its decommissioning in the early 50s. On the ruderal abandoned area a natural oasis developed only in a few decades. Birches and grasses overgrowing the old tracks, an old steam engine waiting at the edge of the forest to take us back to the location’s past and our own childhood explorer’s spirit. “Brückenmeisterei”, engine hall, water tower and switch table…all are witnesses of the moved past of Südgelände and now integral components of the After Place.