Thursday, 21.02.2019, 09:30–16:45

Underground Architecture Revisited

International conference
20–23 February 2019 at Berlinische Galerie

Architecture of modernity below ground. The international conference Underground Architecture Revisited will focus on the architectural design of underground stations of the second half of the 20th century in Europe. Transportation architecture very much characterises the appearance of our cities and also functions as place of identification for its users. Due to modernisation pressures in the large cities, infrastructures of post-war modernity are threatened by disfiguring alterations and loss.

The international conference wishes to provide a comparative stocktaking of this building task underneath our metropolises, a topic so far hardly ever dealt with. It also wishes to be an interdisciplinary exchange of experience between heritage conservation / heritage research with their experience in practical conservation on the one hand, and the companies, the operators and users of modern underground lines on the other hand. In accordance with the European Year of Cultural Heritage the conference wishes to address the experts as well as the interested public, and to sensitise both groups to the relevance and qualities of this young architectural heritage.

Thursday, 21. February

9:30 am

Welcome - Birgitta Müller-Brandeck, Administrative Director Berlinische Galerie and Christoph Rauhut, State Curator and Director of the Berlin Monument Authority

Modern Underground Construction and Historic City - Moderation Christoph Rauhut, Berlin

Underground as Inverted Modernity. Historic City and Underground - Martin Murrenhoff, Berlin

Heaven under West Berlin - Verena Pfeiffer-Kloss, Berlin

10:30 am


11 am

The Metro as an Art Space. Towards a New Mobility Planning - Venetsanaki Charikleia, Athens

Vienna. Interdependence of Underground Architecture and Cityscape - Ralf Liptau, Vienna

12 pm

Lunch Break

1 pm

Underground Construction in the Soviet Union - Moderation: Frank Schmitz, Hamburg

The Moscow Underground of the Soviet Time: Its Architecture, Cultural Significance and Sacred Symbolism - Viktoriya Sukovata, Kharkiv

Post-war Metro in the former USSR. Values and Significance - Natalia Dushkina, Moscow

The Architecture of the Tbilisi Metro Stations. Past and Present - Nato Gengiuri, Tbilisi

2:30 pm


3 pm

On the Way to the Modern City - Moderation: Verena Pfeiffer-Kloss, Berlin

Fritz Trautwein and the "Wandsbek Line". Underground Stations as Variations of a Basic Theme - Sabine Kock, Hamburg

Testimonies of a Large Construction Site. Munich's Aging Underground Stations - Andreas Putz, Munich

4 pm–4:45 pm

Workshop Discussion - Moderation: Friedhelm Haas, Architektenkammer Berlin; Martin Renz, BVG, Rainer Fisch, Landesdenkmalamt Berlin and Peter Peternell, Wiener Linien

Organised in media partnership with and in cooperation with Bundesstiftung Baukultur, Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG), Berlinische Galerie – Museum für Moderne Kunst, Fotografie und Architektur, Architekten- und Ingenieurverein zu Berlin, Architektenkammer Berlin, Baukammer Berlin as well as


Conference programme

February 2019