What better way to start your usual Saturday morning, but by a B_Tour around the Plattenbauten of bleak Lichtenberg ? Our guide for this urban Ausflug was Bram Esser, a philosopher who defines himself as an explorer of the everyday – a fact which was verified quickly enough.
Our small group was lead through the complex maze of Plattenbauten in Lichtenberg. Typical of East Germany, these prefabricated massive buildings were designed, according to the communist ideal, to free the houses from the bourgeoisie and, therefore, help people living in them get more modernist ideas. Starting off in the basements of a former public building then turned into a squat, our oblivious guide took us through a sacrificial altar, the 'Made in China' River (understand : the labyrinthic alleys of the Dong Xuan Center), to finish by running out of an industrial complex. In between, our tour was agremented by comments and additions of some locals, wondering what – on earth – we were all doing, exploring this neighbourghood.
As the presentation of the tour warned us, boring was never so exciting ! Go see for yourself tomorrow :
B_TOURS, international festival of urban tours, 26.06.-28.06.2015 in Berlin. Find the whole program here.