Tempelhof: From Airport to Park

Komm Tanz mit Mir


The park is variously referred to as the Tempelhofer Park, Tempelhofer Feld and Flughafen Tempelhof (Tempelhof Airport). The official website uses the brandname of the defeated commercial project, Tempelhofer Freiheit.

The attempt to squat the airport failed but the 100% Tempelhofer Feld civil society movement garnered enough signatures to push for a referendum that succeeded in keeping the whole space a public park.

‘Excavating Tempelhof Airfield: Objects of Memory and the Politics of Absence’ is a paper by anthropologist Maria Theresia Starzmann from McGill University, Canada, that seeks “to critically engage with German post-war politics of memory through a study of material culture”.

Community gardens serve multiple purposes of drawing and creating community, engendering creativity as well as greening urban spaces within the framework of a local commons (joint-ownership).

Experienced: 19.06.2009 || Recounted: 06.06.2014

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