The Political Church

The Political Church

THE POLITICAL CHURCH calls for the necessity of a productive space of conflict and contemporary architectural tools
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In orthodox liturgy not only architecture and the interior of a sacred place but moreover its outside and immediate environment play an important and symbolic role. Originally planned as Serbian-Orthodox Church of Christ the Savior in the very heart of Prishtina, its unfinished and ruined structure resides as dark reminder in an urban no-mans land.
Where once six mighty oaks should have told the story of God's creation, KFOR soldiers put up a solid barbed wire fence in a 50-meter radius that would protect the unfinished church from attacks.

That informal radius around the ruined cathedral was passed on and is still readable while casting spatial relations that should be the arena for a vital critical debate.
This research therefore focuses on a productive use of heritage as necessary tool for future engagement. All research is focused on connecting existing narratives in the position of an uninvited outsider that instead of taking sides tries to connect various opinions.

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Martin Pohl with: Konrad Angermüller (graphic design), Mathias Schmitt & Michael Ott (SCHMOTT, photography) and Michael Kraus
Martin Pohl is a german architect. Educated at the Bauhaus in Weimar and Waseda University Tokyo he has been the chief-editor of HORIZONTE – Journal for Architectural Discourse, a renowned independent publication which has been awarded and exhibited worldwide. He has collaborated with Studio Miessen Berlin on the spatial design for the Estonian Pavilion at the 55th Art Biennale in Venice as well as Sou Fujimoto Architects in Tokyo.

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