In times not so long ago, urban highways and elevated roads were symbols of modernity. They were celebrated as marvels of transportation technology which will tackle the mass motorization in the latter half of the 20th century.
Ludwigshafen am Rhein was one of the first German cities to implement the American way of car-centric urban planning. Starting in 1957, two elevated roads were built to bypass the crowded roads of the city below and to guarantee the free flow of motorized vehicles. As a result, the inner city of Ludwigshafen is now encircled by a closed system of elevated roads. An average of 40.000 cars pass these roads each day. Under this heavy traffic, the former symbols of progress show decay, they started to crumble and are expensive to maintain. They are now a thing from the past, not easy to get rid of and thus still shaping the urban fabric.
I am interested in how these massive pieces of carchitecture constitute space and spatial experiences. With a focus on the immediate surroundings of the two elevated roads – the non-descript places directly underneath or around, that only exist as consequences of the road above – my work explores the atmosphere of these places and questions the contradictions between a car-friendly infrastructure and liveable cities.
2015-2018. inkjet prints, sound