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Ferropolis
Ferropolis: City of Iron. Manifestation of a region undergoing change





 


1991
The idea is born for an excavator museum
 
 


1992
The vision for the »City of Iron« takes shape
A design for Ferropolis emerges from a diploma
 
 


1993
Five enormous historical excavators for open-cast mining are preserved as the future core of the »City of Iron«
 
 


1995
An activity day with the excavators being moved officially toward their later positions
Dec. 14: the »City of Iron« is founded by the Minister for Economic Affairs of the Land of Saxony-Anhalt
 
 


1996
Excavators are in position, the arena is constructed
 
 


1997
The project is confirmed as an EXPO project
Ferropolis GmbH is founded as the future owner
The topping-out is celebrated on September 19
The Freiherr-vom-Stein-Prize is awarded to theinitiators of the Bauhaus project
 
 


1999
The logistics are completed
Millennium celebration on December 31 in the »City of Iron«
 
 
 
 

Ferropolis

city of iron
 
Five enormous excavators for open-cast mining used at Golpa-Nord pit bear testimony to the end of a machine dream once euphorically cel-ebrated at the World Fair in Paris in 1900.

Ferropolis, the fragment of a new city in the middle of a desert created by open-cast mining, is both an ominous monument and symbol of the extensive exploitation of the countryside and the ecological consequences of doing so.
However, the »City of Iron« also represents a new start in dealing with nature and the countryside. It is an attempt, at the end of an epoch, to create new perspectives for a landscape depleted by industrial exploitation. It is also an attempt to find answers to what are currently two of the most frequently asked questions: where is structural change in the region leading, and what will a post-industrial cultural landscape look like?
Hence, Ferropolis has become the symbol of a path chosen for this century, a manifestation   of a region undergoing change, a region in which diverse interests, experiences and hopes are reflected in a project that is a region of correspondence for EXPO 2000.
 
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»City of Iron«
 
project management:
Martin Brück, Rainer Weisbach
partners / external management:
Lausitzer und Mitteldeutsche
    Bergbau- und Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH
EXPO 2000 Sachsen-Anhalt GmbH
Landkreis Wittenberg
Stadt Gräfenhainichen
Ferropolis Bergbau und Erlebnisbahn e.V.
Anhaltinische Braunkohlesanierungsgesellschaft mbH
Jonathan Park, Architekt; London, GB
Iris Reuther, Björn Teichmann,
    Büro für urbane Projekte; Leipzig
Ian Ritchie, Andreas Hoffmann, Inger-Johanne
    Tollhaas, Architects; London / Berlin
Büro Kiefer, Landschaftsarchitektur; Berlin
Consultinggesellschaft für Umwelt und
    Infrastruktur mbH, Halle
 
 

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