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Elena Markus and Nick Förster

Die Agentur für Architekturarbeit

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Technical University of Munich, Arcisstr. 21, Munich, Germany
Elena Markus and Nick Förster founded the Agentur 2018 with the research project SiedlungsRequiem exhibited in the art gallery Lothringer13 Halle in Munich last year. Elena worked as a curator at the S AM Swiss Architecture Museum in Basel. Since 2014, she has been teaching architecture theory in Munich. Nick studied architecture in Munich and Aarhus. He worked with Raumlabor and participated among others in the project Lückenfülle for a temporary use for an empty site in Munich in 2016.

SiedlungsRequiem


The harmonious end of a consensus machine

SiedlungsRequiem


The harmonious end of a consensus machine
»The individual becomes smaller when entering the temple of community.« Hannes Meyer
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  • Systemic changes

The history of the architectural, urban, and social phenomena of siedlung (en: settlement or housing estate) can not be considered separately from the ideological movements, social changes or technical innovations of the modern era. Welfare state housing policy, alienation and volksgesundheit, prefabrication and standardization, cooperative movement and paternalism etc. are DNA sequences of this ambivalent term.

The siedlung: an architectural vessel for a variety of community living experiments offered once an ideal projection surface for utopian fantasies, reformist attempts and philanthropic ideas. However, the utopian core of the idea, its pedagogical mission, determined the fate of the siedlung. In the research and exhibition project SiedlungsRequiem we reflected critically the phenomenon by means of four structures: a monumental mausoleum dedicated to the progressive objectives of the siedlung and by the art objects entitled altar, machine, and ground.


SiedlungsRequiem


The harmonious end of a consensus machine

SiedlungsRequiem


The harmonious end of a consensus machine
»The individual becomes smaller when entering the temple of community.« Hannes Meyer
File under
Type of project
  • Systemic changes

The history of the architectural, urban, and social phenomena of siedlung (en: settlement or housing estate) can not be considered separately from the ideological movements, social changes or technical innovations of the modern era. Welfare state housing policy, alienation and volksgesundheit, prefabrication and standardization, cooperative movement and paternalism etc. are DNA sequences of this ambivalent term.

The siedlung: an architectural vessel for a variety of community living experiments offered once an ideal projection surface for utopian fantasies, reformist attempts and philanthropic ideas. However, the utopian core of the idea, its pedagogical mission, determined the fate of the siedlung. In the research and exhibition project SiedlungsRequiem we reflected critically the phenomenon by means of four structures: a monumental mausoleum dedicated to the progressive objectives of the siedlung and by the art objects entitled altar, machine, and ground.



Idea by

Elena Markus and Nick Förster
Die Agentur für Architekturarbeit
Technical University of Munich, Arcisstr. 21
Munich
Germany
Elena Markus and Nick Förster founded the Agentur 2018 with the research project SiedlungsRequiem exhibited in the art gallery Lothringer13 Halle in Munich last year. Elena worked as a curator at the S AM Swiss Architecture Museum in Basel. Since 2014, she has been teaching architecture theory in Munich. Nick studied architecture in Munich and Aarhus. He worked with Raumlabor and participated among others in the project Lückenfülle for a temporary use for an empty site in Munich in 2016.