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Berlin Maps
FAKT (Jonas Tratz, Sebastian Felix Ernst)

Over the past century, Berlin has undergone countless transformations, marked by rapid growth, destruction, and survival and halting revival as a Siamese-twin city. This last phase was characterized by stagnation or even shrinkage, which strengthened Berlin’s unusual polycentric settlement form, with no clear core. The changing dynamics of antagonistic political forces forged a variety of spatial characteristics and abnormalities.

The 18 chapters offer an atlas of the special, strange, or undiscovered phenomena of the German capital: natural and artificial mountains, escape tunnels and enclaves, swamps and moors, the four walls, and much more. The book presents architectural geography, urban history, political upheavals, scenic spaces, and curiosities with relish in newly drawn maps and detailed illustrations.

Bio FAKT as a young berlin-based firm is involved in research, built architecture and the artistic field. Both Jonas Tratz and Sebastian Felix Ernst are native Berliners and part of the group of four co-founders of the architecture firm FAKT. Together they taught at the DIA Institute of Architecture (FH Anhalt), where they explored new concepts for Berlin‘s periphery. 2019/2020 FAKT was invited as fellows of the German Academy Rome, Villa Massimo.

February 2021, German/English, 88 pages, 310 mm x 180 mm Softcover, thread binding

Title Berlin Maps
Authors FAKT (Jonas Tratz, Sebastian Felix Ernst)
Editors Andreas Ruby, Ilka Ruby
Publisher Ruby Press
ISBN 978-3-944074-36-8