Dencity

Title:
Dencity
Date:
2019
Specifications:
Series of 5 photographs
105 x 150 x 4 cm

Because of its peculiar history, Berlin has a scattered and fragmented urbanism, with eclectic assortment of architecture. The city has plenty of space to build and live in. On the contrary, Tokyo, for example, one of the most densely populated cities of the world, reveals a strongly condensed urbanism. Japanese architects have therefore built very narrow houses using all the available space; certain buildings are no more than two to three metres in width. The photograph series Dencity transposes this reality to the wide streets of Berlin.Indeed, each picture represents a block of houses crammed into a single building where only the entrance doors remain.
In a frenzied race to build at any cost, property developers are now the main agents of cities’ transformation. This seems to often happen in the indifference, of political powers. Berlin is perhaps the most striking example in Europe of this high-speed urban mutation; building sites are coming out of any leftover space. This series of photographs suggests that Berlin has become as populated as some Asian megacities. Like quick snapshots taken from a car crisscrossing the city: another clue that implies rapid urban transformation.

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