Hardt-Waltherr Hämer (1922-2012) was both architect and political activist. Besides designing landm…

Hardt-Waltherr Hämer (1922-2012) was both architect and political activist. Besides designing landmark buildings like the municipal theater in Ingolstadt, a brutalist masterpiece, he also engaged in the cautious urban renewal of many Berlin quarters: together with inhabitants he fought against investors and authorities who sought to renovate apartment blocks in a ruthless manner. Hämer was able to prove that a careful renovation would at the same time save money and preserve the greater urban context. “Stadt im Kopf – Hardt-Waltherr Hämer”, edited by Manfred Sack and published by Jovis Verlag in 2002, collects essays by friends and contemporaries like Werner Durth and Susanne Kippenberger that pay tribute to the life and work of Hämer. A very insightful book that also includes the documentary „Fünf Geschichte zur behutsamen Stadterneuerung“ on DVD.

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