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0132 Option Lots
Berlin, 2010-, Brandlhuber + Emde, Burlon; Elsa Beniada, Tobias Hönig, Cornelia Müller

In the 1980s the GDR - parallely to the rediscovery of the city as a place of residence in West Germany (keyword "careful urban renewal") - urban voids have been “filled up” with prefabricated buildings. On these boundaries of existing buildings and new structures, voids remained because of the different geometries: serial structures on the one side, old buildings on the other side. These “gaps” were covered with fake facades. Brandlhuber+ discovered and mapped 58 of these niches in Berlin-Mitte. These "option lots" show the potential of  "places of urban indeterminacy", since they have no economic relevance in classical terms. Therefore the  Berlin option lots refer to Gordon Matta-Clark’s “New York's Fake Estates: the narrow strips of land auctioned in the 1970s, which resulted out of inaccuracies in land surveying and town planning.

(Text: Anh-Linh-Ngo & Achim Reese)