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Sleeping on top of the highway

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Schlangenbader Str. 25

Schlangenbader Straße 25

14197 Berlin

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The „snake“ was regarded as future-oriented housing utopia but simultaneously also as tremendous planning failure already during the time of its construction. Built between 1973 and 1980, the colossal estate – with a total length of 1.5 kilometers – built on top of a highway was possible only due the island situation of West-Berlin. Housing scarcity, the exceptional political status, and a unique funding landscape (Berlinhilfe), enabled innovative pilot project, which, however, also did not lack controversy. Back then, the 1200 housing units at the estate were the most expensive social housing supply in the whole city. In the 1980s, mayor of Berlin Richard von Weizsäcker once declared: “If the devil wants to do any harm to the city again, then he initiates the construction of another ‘snake’.”
On this walking tour we find out about the urban and architectural genesis of the urban utopia, that has been listed as heritage site in 2017. We will explore the everyday life of the estate’s inhabitants on top of a highway and will ask the question: pilot project or fiasco?

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Schlangenbader Str. 25

Schlangenbader Straße 25

14197 Berlin

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