WORKSHOP OF THE SUBPROJECTS C3, C4, D1, D2 AND E1 – TYPIFIED GDR STRUCTURES AS HISTORICAL SOURCES OF ENGINEERING DESIGN
The highly industrialized construction industry of the GDR produced highly typified load-bearing structures on the basis of standardized construction elements, which in turn were combined in type buildings and used on a mass scale.
A three-day workshop at the Bauhaus University Weimar with the participation of the subprojects A1, C3, C4, D1, D2 and E1 of the SPP 2255 was dedicated to the phenomenon of state-led building typification on East German territory. Away from the classical history of architecture and urban planning, the focus was on the technical-constructive side of building in the GDR and the preservation of the surviving architectural evidence of this.
To kick off the workshop, the technology historian Senior Professor Dr. Thomas Hänseroth addressed the cult of progress and technology in the GDR in his evening lecture, which also decisively shaped the building industry of the socialist state.
The lecture provided the contextual background for the second day of the workshop, which was dominated by lectures and intensive discussions.
While a first block was devoted to various typified structures, a second block focused increasingly on the structures of typification in the close interaction between research and industry. A third block focused on how typified structures from the GDR are dealt with today. On the one hand, their retrofitting was examined on the basis of numerous practical examples, and on the other hand, the handling of the mass-produced, large number of structures in terms of the preservation of historical monuments, which is accompanied by a number of challenges.
On the third and last day of the workshop, the participants went on an excursion to explore selected type buildings in and around Weimar. Here, not only was it possible to understand the content of the previous day using concrete examples, but also to discuss questions of the current use and retrofitting of historical GDR type structures.
The physical well-being was not neglected thanks to the dedicated support of student assistants. An aperitif in the Atelier on campus provided a suitable setting for getting to know each other and for intensive discussions, which were continued on the second evening under the impressions of the insightful lectures in the legendary Residenz Café.
The contents of the workshop will be published in the series “Forschungen zum baukulturellen Erbe der DDR” (“Research on the Architectural Heritage of the GDR”) by the Chair of Historic Preservation and Architectural History at the Bauhaus University Weimar, edited by Prof. Hans-Rudolf Meier.
The workshop will take place from 29.-31 3. 2023 at the Bauhaus University Weimar. A one-day excursion on 31. 3. will explore selected type buildings.
Only a limited number of places are available.
Registration is requested by 31 1. 2023 at email@example.com.
SPP 2255 „Kulturerbe Konstruktion“
Workshop in Weimar
29 – 31 March 2023
Wednesday, 29 march – evening lectures
8:00 – 19:00
The Cult of Progress and Technology in the GDR
Thomas Hänseroth, TU Dresden
followed by aperitif
Thursday, 30. march – lectures
9:00 – 9:15
Welcome / Introduction
Block 1 – Typified structures
9:15 – 9:45
Typification in MLK trusses
Annkathrin Heinrich, TU Braunschweig
9:45 – 10:15
Basics and diversity of typification of steel halls in the FRG
Leonhard Wesche, TU Braunschweig
10:45 – 11:15
Space frameworks in the GDR – from the system to the type structure
Richard Blum, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences
11:15 – 11:45
Typified nailboard binders in the GDR
Iris Engelmann, Bauhaus University Weimar
Block 2 – Structures of typification
13:00 – 14:00
Series-produced supporting structures of the GDR timber construction:
Overview of all series-produced load-bearing structures for the purpose of classifying the nail constructions in the overall context of GDR type timber construction.
Kurt Geier, Engineering Office for Wood and Construction Holzhausen GmbH
14:00 – 14:30
The wall-skeleton construction method or: How do I combine different type structures?
Konrad Frommelt, BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg
15:00 – 15:30
From type to mass? The VEB Metalleichtbaukombinat between plan and everyday construction
Volker Mende, TU Bergakademie Freiberg
Block 3 – Preservation of historical monuments
15:30 – 16:30
Typed load-bearing structures of hall buildings of the GDR in today’s everyday building life
Volker Mund, engineering office Bauen GmbH Weimar
17:00 – 17:30
Inventory of type buildings of the GDR modernism in Thuringia
Sabine Guzowski, Clemens Peterseim, Thuringian State Office for Monument Preservation Erfurt
17:30 – 18:00
Monument conservation of the masses? Selection for type buildings of the GDR
Mark Escherich, Lower monument protection authority of the city of Erfurt
joint dinner in Weimar
friday, 31 march 2023 – Excursion
8:15 – 15:30
Visit of type buildings of the GDR
Programm des Workshops