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Excursion to Brutalist buildings: Marl

Dortmund | 05/20/2017 | 11:00-17:00 h

The radical architectural style of Brutalism first emerged in Britain in the mid-1950s. Its hallmarks are unrendered concrete walls and exposed building materials such as metal, stone and brick. Today it is gradually disappearing from our city skylines, as the largely unlisted buildings are pulled down.

Germany's industrial Ruhrgebiet contains a number of important examples of Brutalist architecture. As part of The Brutalism Appreciation Society exhibition, we are organising two tours of the town of Marl.

Together with experts from the fields of art, architecture and urban planning, we will be exploring some of the region's fascinating Brutalist buildings and discussing a range of issues including what makes these so-called "concrete monsters" so special, their current condition and their preservation.

Our visit to Marl on 20 May will focus on Marl Town Hall and Hans Scharoun's school building.

The town of Marl saw rapid growth in the years after WW2 when its Town Hall, built by internationally renowned architects Johan Hendrik van den Broek and Jacob Berend Bakema, was built to form the heart of a new, modern town centre. Its two high-rise blocks were designed as suspended towers – the first of their kind in West Germany.

Marl's listed Scharoun School is one of only two school buildings in the world designed by the noted architect Hans Scharoun and built to his plans. When the building was scheduled for demolition in 2006, a group of committed residents, architects and urban planners campaigned for its continued use as a school building. Today it houses a music school and a primary school.

Our tour of Marl will be led by art and architecture historian Alexandra Apfelbaum. In conversation with HMKV Director Inke Arns we will learn more about the buildings and their significance in the Ruhrgebiet.

Alexandra Apfelbaum regularly works on the legacy of modernism in post-war architecture as part of the Ruhr Modernism project. She is particularly interested in the master plans of the period, which generally took into account urban planning and public space issues as well as the notion of "art-in-architecture".

Saturday, 05/20/2017 | 11:00-17:00 h
Meeting Point: 11:00 in front of Dortmunder U
Returning: ca. 17:00

Tour tickets are free but do not include the cost of bus and train tickets, which participants must pay for themselves.

A second tour of Brutalist buildings in Dortmund will take place on 8 July.

In parallel, we will be promoting our project to map Brutalist buildings in North Rhine-Westphalia by photographing the buildings and discussing their history. More information about the map project is available here.

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