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Architectural Wounds: Teufelsberg

Architectural Wounds: Teufelsberg AbstractThe decaying structure of the National Security Agency (NSA) Field Station Berlin recalls voiceless conflicts, political posturing, and grandiose magic. The structure stands atop Teufelsberg, a man-made “Devil’s Mountain.” Teufelsberg itself stands atop an Albert Speer-designed military academy. The NSA Field Station was silenced by the untimely arrival of notional peace. This site no longer indoctrinates young men with ideological manifestos, nor does it whisper airwave secrets for Allied Intelligence. The geodesic radomes are dormant, the Mountain itself a mere ghostly depiction of a spymaster’s lair – of now absurdist attempts at societal order, escapes and cycles perpetuated. This haunting architectural remnant is at once a resilient monument and an odd gestural specter. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architecture and Culture Taylor & Francis

Architectural Wounds: Teufelsberg

Architecture and Culture , Volume 4 (2): 8 – May 3, 2016

Architectural Wounds: Teufelsberg

Architecture and Culture , Volume 4 (2): 8 – May 3, 2016

Abstract

AbstractThe decaying structure of the National Security Agency (NSA) Field Station Berlin recalls voiceless conflicts, political posturing, and grandiose magic. The structure stands atop Teufelsberg, a man-made “Devil’s Mountain.” Teufelsberg itself stands atop an Albert Speer-designed military academy. The NSA Field Station was silenced by the untimely arrival of notional peace. This site no longer indoctrinates young men with ideological manifestos, nor does it whisper airwave secrets for Allied Intelligence. The geodesic radomes are dormant, the Mountain itself a mere ghostly depiction of a spymaster’s lair – of now absurdist attempts at societal order, escapes and cycles perpetuated. This haunting architectural remnant is at once a resilient monument and an odd gestural specter.

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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN
2050-7836
eISSN
2050-7828
DOI
10.1080/20507828.2016.1189213
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Abstract

AbstractThe decaying structure of the National Security Agency (NSA) Field Station Berlin recalls voiceless conflicts, political posturing, and grandiose magic. The structure stands atop Teufelsberg, a man-made “Devil’s Mountain.” Teufelsberg itself stands atop an Albert Speer-designed military academy. The NSA Field Station was silenced by the untimely arrival of notional peace. This site no longer indoctrinates young men with ideological manifestos, nor does it whisper airwave secrets for Allied Intelligence. The geodesic radomes are dormant, the Mountain itself a mere ghostly depiction of a spymaster’s lair – of now absurdist attempts at societal order, escapes and cycles perpetuated. This haunting architectural remnant is at once a resilient monument and an odd gestural specter.

Journal

Architecture and CultureTaylor & Francis

Published: May 3, 2016

Keywords: Teufelsberg; Albert Speer; Berlin; radome; Anthony Vidler

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