Berlin hypotheses

Map of Berlin showing parks and playgrounds that emerged due to buildings being destroyed in WW2

These drawings evolved around the question: Is it possible to draw a hypothesis?
By comparing a map from 1945 where building damage caused by the WW2 had been recorded, and one from 2010, different sorts of information could be extracted. Thus, the first hypothesis that was drawn answered the question: did the many parks and playgrounds in Berlin emerge due to war damage? The answer was, yes, the majority did.
Throughout the drawing process the drawings change. The initial strong logic of the hypothesis seizes towards the end of the series.

Some first iterations: Alternative arrangements of parks and playgrounds

Just like Berlin’s green areas changed because of the war, its network of streets changed too. Streets were moved due to both war damage and the aftermath of the war when the city was separated by the Wall. This ‘cinema ombro’ map shows Berlin’s changing street net.


Shadow map of different parts of Berlin

The last maps do not answer a hypothesis but have inherited forms and figures from the earlier maps. They can be seen as drawn hypotheses that differ in kind from the first ones.

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First sketches of the maps have been published in: Hougaard, A. K. “Drawing, Mapping and Haecceity.” Footprint 6, (2012): 37-59.