2016 to 2019 Translocation

  Collage to translocations of building facades. Copyright: © Jan Richarz

Translocation as an Instrument of Urban Design

This project addresses some of the key topics and touches on a broad variety of subjects in architecture and urban planning and combines them with various questions within the field of cultural heritage sciences. Its main purpose is to take a close look at the use of translocation of buildings and segments in German urban design throughout the 20th century and especially after World War II. By using real historic materials and even complete buildings from different cities and their surroundings they attempted to create city centers that appear historic. These efforts were made to bring back or preserve parts of the cultural landscape. Most historic districts of German cities had been destroyed by war and one way to reconstruct a similar cityscape was translocation.

In Germany a discussion about the reconstruction of districts has been taking place since cities like Frankfurt and Potsdam recreated their historic centers. The discussion, however, neglects translocation as a tool to reconstruct cityscapes, mainly because there is no existing study that outlines and investigates the topic


Team and Funding

Prof. Christian Raabe

Jan Richarz M.A.

Funding: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)


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