Ludwigshafen am Rhein was one of the first German cities to implement the American way of car-centric urban planning. According to this approach, the free flow of cars on city streets has to be guaranteed by restricting other road users or by adapting the urban infrastructure to the need of motorised vehicles. Starting in 1957, two elevated highways were built to bypass the crowded roads of the city below. As a result, the inner city of Ludwigshafen is now encircled by a closed system of elevated roads.
The still ongoing project “Landscape of the Car” examines how this kind of carchitecture influences public space and the way we experience the city.
As part of the project, this series of 12 images about the “Hochstraße Nord” was exhibited at Stadtmuseum Ludwigshafen in 2017.