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Black Box BER 

About the Berlin-Brandenburg airport and other large construction sites 

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Black Box BER
About the Berlin-Brandenburg airport and other large construction sites

How Germany obliterates its future with buildings

Hardback 160 pages
Language German
Format 18.8 cm x 12 cm
Editor Meinhard von Gerkan
Publisher QUADRIGA
Price EUR (D) 14.99
ISBN 978-3-86995-060-0

The Berlin-Brandenburg “Willy Brandt” airport (IATA code BER) has the reputation of being Germany’s most embarrassing construction site. The media contain derogatory comments, citing construction defects, design errors and chaotic decision making.

In May 2012, the clients showed the red card to the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) because they had identified the architects as being responsible for the failure to meet the deadline for the airport opening ceremony. The architects were sacked and taken to court. After months of icy silence, Meinhard von Gerkan is now speaking up for the first time, commenting on the circumstances of the termination of contract, the reasons for the failure, the general problems involved with building airports and on the question why large construction projects such as the BER, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and Stuttgart 21 face such difficulties in Germany.

He discusses the BER disaster in the context of large international projects and describes a way out of the crisis.