In the Ruhr area, but also in many other European cities and regions the 1950s to 1970s were an exceptionally innovative time for economy, culture, technology, and society. All over Europs new schools, universities, town halls, churches, department stores, and housing estates were built. These structures were built for a better future. Now they are the heritage of the past. It is now time to embrace this heritage!
On 5 December 2019, the three-part project documentation for the Big Beautiful Buildings campaign "Architecture of the 1950s to 1970s in the Ruhr Area. When the future was built." will be published at the publishing house Kettler, Dortmund.
On 28 November 2019, mythen der moderne, under the artistic direction of Pia Janssen, will transform the town hall in Oberhausen into a venue for "The Voice of the City". This participative theatre and music project is based on the voices of the citizens of Oberhausen, which were recorded in advance in a "Story Box".
The Musiktheater im Revier (MiR) celebrates its 60th birthday on 15 December 2019. In 1959 the "New Gelsenkirchen Theatre" opened as a synthesis of architecture, visual arts and music based on the joint designs of Walter Ruhnaus, Harald Deilmanns, Ortwin Raves and Max von Hausens. The democratic concept of the open, glass foyer, the lines of sight to the city, the combination of architecture and fine arts as the cultural centre of the Gelsenkirchen working-class city was visionary - and still is today. The MiR is celebrating its anniversary with various events in honour of the building, which was named the Big Beautiful Building in 2018.
Am 17. Juni 2019 erscheint das erste Buch der dreiteiligen Projektdokumentation zur Big Beautiful Buildings Kampagne: „Architektur der 1950er bis 1970er Jahre im Ruhrgebeit. Als die Zukunft gebaut wurde“ im Verlag Kettler, Dortmund.
Nachkriegsarchitektur bewerten, erhalten, sanieren und nutzen – Beiträge zu Bautechnik, Architekturgeschichte und Denkmalpflege
With „Welche Denkmale welcher Moderne“, editor Wolfgang Sonne publishes a book on the confrontation with the architecture of the 1960s and 70s. The new publication, published by Jovis Verlag, is dedicated to the discussion of post-war architecture and its monumental value. On the basis of a series of case studies, this volume deals with monument debates about late modernism.
In the new publication "Faith in the Great in Modern Architecture. Grossstrukturen der 1960er und 1970er" author Sonja Hnilica systematically presents for the first time the theoretical discourse on large-scale structures. The publication, published by the Swiss publisher Park Books, opens up new perspectives for dealing with the much reviled giants and addresses the topicality of the debates on large-scale construction.