Once upon a time in the East Light came into being, sun set a dozen hours later.

Time elapsed.

Time then started anew. January 6th, 2014

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Sommerzeit vorbei, die Herbstfarben nähern sich, gefeiert werden Geburtstage : herzliche Glückwünsch zu Ehrentagen, Glück und Gesundheit und G_ttes Segen! Unterrichtsausfall und Nicht-Betreuung von Schülern sind ein Manko. Erfahre das fast wöchentlich mit allen Nachteilen für Kind und Eltern. Es bleibt genug zu tun im Bildungsbereich, einer wichtigsten Grundlage unseres Landes. Im Kakao- und Kaffeehaus Nussknacker, Gutleutviertel, erläutert Architekt H.R.Hiegel, begleitet von einer bekannten Stimme aus dem Off, aus dem Viertel, drei Lichtprojekte, Topos und Utopie zugleich, ein Werkstattrückblick auf 32 Jahre Hiegel Architekten. Und dann auch noch Henscheid.

Lumi14-3_300QkkArchitekt in Frankfurter Seitenstraßen, Kunstwerk III des Verborgenen: Die Vollidioten vorgelesen von H.R.Hiegel, weiter auf der Suche nach Walter Benjamin in den Achteln und Vierteln Frankfurts. Henscheids Klassiker „Die Vollidioten“ sucht in Frankfurter Seitenstraße nichts Poetisches. Dort, wo normalerweise jeder hinwegsieht, entdeckt auch er keinerlei Kostbarkeiten, keine Kunstwerke des Verborgenen (Lothar Ruske). Die FAZ aber ordnet den u.a. pardon- und Titanic-Autor ein, „unvergleichliche Leistung des Humors“ erbracht zu haben. Der Überraschungsgast wurde im März bekanntgegeben, es handelte sich um gleich zwei Personen. Aus Lambsborn und auch Büsch. Der Hinterpfalz, eine Ansiedlung mit 800 Bewohnern und einem 80-Seelen-Dorf im tiefen Siegnerland. Der Campanile-Architekt H.R. Hiegel liest drei völlig unbekannte Passagen und will so dem Berliner Flaneur à la Walter Benjamin in Frankfurt, am Main, mit E. Henscheid weiter Vorschub leisten. Willkommen bei »Frankfurt liest ein Buch«! »Deutschlands wunderbarstes und sinnvollstes Lesefest!«  (Alexander Cammann, DIE ZEIT).

Border rhetoric

Sidewalk Stumbling Stones. Presentation 4. Stumble Stones: Passion in Architectural and Urban Borders
Aspects of architectural / spatial rhetoric from RSA 2014 panel paper, San Antonio, Txs, US

Thank you to the RSA body for inviting me. Vielen herzlichen Dank, Steven Katz, for all the friendly motions, notions, successfully fending off friendly fire, letting pleasant heat instead come into my heart. It is an enormous pleasure to be here with you in this nice place with all of you interesting and kind people. Empathy. Ladies and gentlemen, I am just an architect, please let me get away with not talking theory. Finding myself in a state of abstraction, I will give you some insight though into artistic and craftsmanlike imaginations. Albeit on a far away abstraction level full of emotions and irritating borders. So do get unsettled. 1. awareness This is where I come from right now, where I have been living the last three decades, Karlsruhe: picture of Karlsruhe city plan It´s going to celebrate its 300st birthday next year – come and join the party !! I met Steve on the top of the Westside Triangle, Karl Street hitting Stephany Street. Then walking along Kaiserstrasse, Street of the Emperor, in the city centre. We found this. I will come back to the content later on: Is a border a threshold, may it lead to new fields and areas of being, awareness, dimensions, aesthetics ?
In the paper today, I try to point out with a couple of archaic pictures to and quests for aspects of architectural rhetoric.
Let us return to this issue in a minute. Refer to the wuthering heights in a dozen.     KarlsruhePlan1Specific view of the City Plan of Karlsruhe, founded in 1715. The border: No fancy folklore [ˈfəʊkˌlɔ:r] , just solid autonomy. The pictures show stones on the ground, stumble blocks. Names of people. All of them deported and murdered. The man in the middle is Erik Mooushsam, Erich Mühsam , cousin of my Jerusalem born friend David. Davide. More questions raise related to the border as a down to earth curb, separating pavement and street. Motorcar and pedastrian. The artist Gunter Demnig, grafting stumbling stones – Stolpersteine – into the borders of sidewalks. 2. enemies of maieutics Are we „giving birth“ by answering intelligently proposed questions? StoneNathan
While the vast majority of Stolpersteine commemorate Jewish victims of the Holocaust, others have been placed for Sinti and Romani people, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, black people, Christians opposed to the Nazis, Communists and Resistance people, military deserters
Though, coping with palimpsests, written information, erased, rewritten, notions of overlay and interpenetrating levels of aesthetic reception will be scrutinized – by me ? By you ! Buy yourself three spectacles !`

What kind of stories is a border able to tell, which sagas are visible, intangible? Gaston Bachelard`s “Poetics of Space” and Leon Battista Alberti`s thoughts about architecture could be calm anchors leading to questions, more slides illustrating the session. Sorry, I have forgotten all of them !

3. palimpsest but youStoneFlowerContrast noticed the difference, did you? I`ll go back:

Just this one, a site plan familiar to friends of Big Apples.  scheme I drew up a couple of years ago because the director of the house asked me to do so. Long before Teju Cole wrote on the Open City and its border aesthetics [esˈθetɪks] – a prose that reminds all those who have read it. No objective way to escape the hermeneutics of Oevermann .
Or the refreshing bordercrossings as described by T.J. Boyle .

Well, here we are with new borders on sidewalks of GermMühsamStein1an cities. European cities !
For a couple of years stones are being installed by Gunter Demnig, the artist as previously mentioned, crafty grafts into the borders of sidewalks specific locations where enemies of the Nazi Regime, Jews, Gipsys, Intellectuals, Jehovah`s Witnesses, Christians, Social Democrats, were taken out of their homes or businesses for deportation. Any foes and any gimps?
Nowadays stones, inserted into the pavement in front of houses are being polished by citizens, copy.ing palimpsests, interpenetrating borders of aesthetic [esˈθetɪk] reception.
What remains tangible and could be scrutinized
is the tragic versus the shiningforth. Smooth borders? Ugly ones?

Inside Café Einstein.
Walking along Kurfürsten Street in Berlin recently an idea came to my mind, me acting like a flaneur in an ideal city. Perfect Plato.MühsamBild1

Working on a joint scheme with Israeli sculptor Micha Ullman who engraved such an enormous monument into the grounds of Berlin, Bebel Square, green loggias came into my mind, a set of
Walter Benjamin streets.
Border transgressing angels above blue sky. You can see the Ullman generated partly underground Karlsruhe pyramid in between the two Hiegel generated towers. Its on this slide. You see ?
Swiss architect Luigi Snozzi talking about Architecture as a way of putting up resistance, just 3 weeks ago . Put up resistance ! I`ll revisit this argument in a minute. With some motion pictures.

All of a sudden my left sided knee hurt like hell – a flash of lightning. Without any additional physical warning I had to stop and when I looked down to my feet there was a golden stone, 3 times 3 inches. I had overstepped a border. No, not just one, I traversed a couple of them. Many borders.
1. ONE. My mind was in literal poetry, now in sublime quest of Walter Benjamin, his angels.
Walter Benjamin, as you certainly know, fleeing from the Nazis, tried to cross a border. Between France and Spain. He did not succeed.
He committed suicide instead. What a tragic non aesthetic border story.


2. TWO. Present and past were not separated any more. The golden stone, Stolperstein, a stumble block, was engraved with figures, dating from of the last millennium. And it all happened on June 8th, 2013.
The music plays: “Take a walk on the wilde side” by Lou Reed.

3. THREE. A certain aspect of, a kinsman of rhetoric, Maieutics , grew bigger in size, overwhelming and disorganizing perceptual layers of the walking man. What had happened? To explain the situation we have to go back to landscapes around ancient Athens. Temples then were situated according to a wide range of parameters. Accesability, outlook, relation between municipality, the polis, the stoics.
As the architects Alison and Peter Smithson pointed out in their book “Without rhetoric ” the intensity of optical transmissions dramatically changed in the first half of the 20th century. Speed, pace, the way of walking. This again has a dramatic impact on how we tackle borders.
American architects couple, renowned Denise Scott-Brown and Robert Venturi came to more enlightenment with their classic book “Learning from Las Vegas”.
Only recently overcome by a new edition of the Ten Books on Architecture by Marcus Vitruvius Pollio . Just to remind you: Rhetoric is an inherent aspect of architecture. I leave you alone with these two images.

4. repetition, scale and pace


Like all communication, architecture consists of codes, meanings, semantic shifts, and syntactic units. You know, this is an architect sharing his ideas with you right now! As all of you know, namechecked Maieutics is a pedagogical method based on the idea that truth is latent in the mind of every human being due to innate reason but has to be „given birth“ by answering intelligently proposed questions, or naming fields of concern.
Just show you some more elements of a familiar vocabulary, all of them being constituent parts forming borders, forming rhetorical elements.
One more example of my work as an architect.


(Campanile, only the pic, no motion yet )

Living and studying in London, me stumbling into the urban hubbub of Frankfurt on the river Main, Germany, in the year 25 25, or so, two years later, doing drawings for a school to be built soon afterwards, teaching simultaneously at the Städel School and the AA, Architectural Association in London. The German Architecture Museum bought my drawings, 71 sheets, the model of a highrise I designed and which was published in Japan and Italy. New York based Rizzoli had put a preliminary study shortly before – in a book on modern architecture. They asked me to draw plans for a huge skyscraper which turned out to become an enormous stumbling stone. Never put into practice.
Los Angeles Times published a huge article on the person who stalled a monstrous idea contra and hostile to mine. Recently her letter to the editor of FAZ, Frankfurter Allgemeine, on her city district was headlined:
“Rufmord” – calumny, character assassination. No borders – only rhetoric.
“The urban space was a shambles. Maybe it´s like saying “next year in Jerusalem”. Two wonderful teachers at the Bezalel Academy in the Holy Land asked me to talk about the tower and its proportions and enter into a discussion with their students. They said, hey Sugar, take a walk on the wild side. And sudden Stumble Stone , you wish your tired feet were fireproof .

NOW: click on middle of pic … trailer starts !
insert 1.20 min Youtube Campanile version Pachelbel

After finished music:


To be continued next year.
Golden stumble stones on the floor, on the sidewalk, no boardwalk when the sun beats down, not walking on the wild side with Lou, not on the blanket with your baby, but walking in your own pace and your own memories. Not Nathan the Wise but Nathan Simon born 1872, deported to Gurs at the age of 68, murdered at 70. This is the stone seen with Steve when at Kaiserstr. 201, Karlsruhe. Suddenly stumbling, you wish your tired feet were fireproof .


NOW: click on tiny black rectangle the trailer starts !

Wish, your tired feet were fireproof (forth line; Rolling Stones): youtube.com/Rolling Stones – Under The Boardwalk

Yes, as the Rolling Stones put it, we might apply this to more sound … and substantial ones, apply it to Stumble Stones: “wish your tired feet were fireproof” !
Thank you so much for your patience! Dankeschön, thanks for listening to a paper on Sidewalk Stumbling Stones.


Wild side: Lou Reed – Walk On The Wild Side  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUntj4z3v0w

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