für die Wiederherstellung des Stadtkanals e.V.
Fax: 0331/270 55 38
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Excavating the future
is obvious to anybody who walks through the old centre of Potsdam:
one can assume the existence of preserved remnants of the defunct
City Canal. "Search-diggings" in June 1999 as part of
the first building lot served to secure still existing structures.
the auspice of the local Office for Redevelopment of
Potsdam (Sanierungsträger) the
Northern part of Yorkstrasse has been converted into a new road.
Old cobblestone pavement gave way to a modern tarmac street of medium
proportions. All pipelines for water, sewage, gas, and electricity
had to be renewed. Long-awaited digging started when two rows of
maple-trees growing in the Canal's bed had been cut down on 22 November
1999 under the protest of the local Campaign agains Draft, Forced
Services and the Military. Traditional emperor linden trees were
planted instead in March 2000 to create
the old aura. The first stage of the City
Canal's excavation is in full swing.
is nevertheless a beginning in hesitatation. The Canal is filled
with 50.000 sqm. of earth and debris. If all goes according to plan
with the local re-developer, the partial excavation of a 120 meter
Canal stretch until the beginning of
the BUGA 2001 (Federal Gardening Show 2001) shall most likely create
a "lawn solution" situated 120 centimeters below
the upper edge of the quay walls.
of this detailed
planning, popular opinion reaches
the Promotion Association
for the Reconstruction of the City Canal in support of an inundation
of the first and all consecutive building lots. May canal water
flow again until the BUGA 2001 ...
total composition of the old centre of town, including the Town
Castle, shall be resurrected. By unearthing the old CityCanal the
City of Potsdam shall experience a tangible revaluation
of quality concerning inner-city life.
Lacking, however, are appropriate data to enable the enterprise
to be put into a wider planning context. Services shall emerge under
the Potsdam top-address 'Am Kanal', cafes,
art rooms and various markets on
both sides along the newly created Canal.
We are inviting visions and are looking to the Netherlands where
the City of Amsterdam presently manages a mere number of 160 canals.
City Canal is coming
is apparent: something is moving at the construction site in the
heart of our city. Following the excavation of the canal base
and its evaluation groundworks have continued aiming to finalize
the tackled section until the beginning of the BUGA 2001 (Federal
Gardening Exhibition). No doubt, the support of many shall be
required to conclude the work in perfection. By facing the task
to support this enterprise, the Promotion
Association for the Reconstruction of the
City Canal has plans for special activities to boost incoming
donations for the Canal. It is on this line that the Association
cast iron canal pillars as PR space
interested sponsors and co-builders
to have their names engraved indelibly
Siegfried Benn, Chairman of the Association, comments: "Twothousand
German Marks (about 1000 EURO) seem appropriate as a minimum sum
in the BUGA year for such a chance to permanently secure unforgettingness."
the occasion of the Promotion Event which took place at the Hotel
Mercure on April 17 an original cast of a canal pillar plus a
true original recently discovered by the well-known Potsdam architect
Christian Wendland was presented to the public. By reserving the
first inscripture to the recently deceased architect Rainer Globisch
the Association intends to honour the tireless fighter for the
reconstruction of the historic city centre.
Eleven cast-iron pillars to the Canal have spontaneously been
acquired by sponsors during the event.
The historic canal pillars shall be visible for all after the
event in shop exhibits and in public rooms. People who want to
support the Association by offering suitable exhibition space
should kindly contact the office directly under the address: Friedrich-Ebert-Str.
24 Tel.: 2705539 / Fax 2705538.
Willing spenders should express their intent soon since between
Friedrich-Ebert-Strasse and Staabstrasse being the first section
of the City Canal there are now only 109 pillars left for the
2000 / Promotional
assembly plus press conference taking place on April 17, 2000
in the 'Hotel Mercure'. Invited are personalities belonging to
local public life, members of the media, and people who have shown
by means of their activities that they are in favour of the City
Topics: Introduction of an original railing post. The canal designing
process and marketing for the year 2000. The Ladenberg-Bridge.
Bridge festival, Rotating exhibition of railing post. Change of
name at tram stop to "At the Canal". The Strauss Verlag
presents its newest pictorial edition
and a postcard serie .
2000 / Establishing of contacts with canal administrations Amsterdam
2001 / Construction of a genuine remake, i.e. the erection of
the legendary Ladenberg Bridge in
order to enable the touristic public to discover the Canal's construction
terrain by strolling along. Thanks to co-operations with local
banks and private investors.
2001 - 2002 / Possibility of an official tender for further developments
regarding canal projects:
design forms and options for commercial use of the Potsdam City
the auspice of Ministry of Culture, Chamber of Industry and Commerce,
Chamber of Architects, Association of German Interior Designers,
Potsdam University etc.
INTERESTED PARTIES PLEASE
who is interested in our work
and wishes to receive further information
kindly contact :
Förderverein zur Wiederherstellung des Stadtkanals
in Potsdam e.V.
Tel 0331-2705539 Fax 0331-2705538