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A life in four hours: Berlin

Narrative 1:
Bruno Flierl narrates.
Listener: Thomas Heise


Photo: Stefani Bürkle

Flierl was born in 1927 and was held as a prisoner of war by the French forces for three years. He studied at the College of Visual Arts in West Berlin and went to East Berlin in 1951 to work at the German Bauakademie in the Institute of Architecture and Town Planning. For a short time, he was chief editor of Deutsche Architektur and later worked as a lecturer at the Humboldt University. Flierl formulated a theory of architecture that examined “not only the social dimension of the spatial, but also the spatial dimension of the social”. In 1982 he was branded a “counter-revolutionary” and was relieved of all functions in the trade association. Since 1984 he has been working as a freelancer.

Recent publications: Berlin baut um. Wessen Stadt wird die Stadt? (Rebuilding Berlin: Whose city will it become?) 1998, Gebaute DDR. Über Stadtplaner, Architekten und die Macht (Construction in the GDR – Town Planners, Architects and the Authorities) 1998, Hundert Jahre Hochhäuser. Hochhaus und Stadt im 20. Jahrhundert (A Hundred Years of High Rise Building – High Rise Building and Cities in the 20th Century) 2000.

“Essentially, you aren’t interested in the present, but rather in observing the past from a future standpoint. This is what you generally have to work towards.” Thomas Heise in an interview in 1992.

Films include.: Wozu denn über diese Leute einen Film (1980), Das Haus – 1984 (1984/UA 2001), Imbiss-spezial (1989), Eisenzeit (1990), Stau- jetzt geht`s los (1992), Barluschke (1997), Neustadt (2000), Meine Kneipe (1999), Vaterland (2002), Der Ausländer (1987/2004).

Wednesday, April 21th, 21.00 Uhr – 1.00 Uhr, Bar, Karl Marx Allee 36, in the former beauty parlor Babette, in the opposite of the cinema International