POWER SPACE VIOLENCE. Planning and Building under National Socialism


Using numerous models, plans, photographs, films and other contemporary documents, the exhibition shows planning and building during National Socialist rule from 1933 to 1945. It examines building and biographical continuities and ruptures up to the present. In doing so, it refers not only to the German Reich but also to the occupied territories in Eastern Europe and draws comparisons with other countries during this period. The racist practices of inclusion and exclusion, which were highly charged ideologically and propagandistically, determined who was allowed to live and how – and who had to die and how. 

The show is based on the results of a research project commissioned by the BMWSB and responsibly supervised by the Independent Historical Commission and the curatorial team. In addition, the Akademie der Künste offers a programme of events with a daily film series (documentaries and artist films from 1961 to 2019), concerts, discussions and readings, as well as guided tours, staged readings and activities for children, young people and adults.

Further events within the framework of the exhibition 

Exhibition Opening
Tue 18 Apr, 7 pm
Welcome: Klara Geywitz, Jeanine Meerapfel
Introduction: Benedikt Goebel, Wolfram Pyta, Regina Stephan
Free admission

Symposium on the State of Research
Wed 19 Apr, 10 am – 9 pm
With researchers & members of the UHK
€ 6/4

„Böse Bauten“, Scenic Reading
21 – 23 Apr, 1 & 3 pm
€ 3

Condition and Terrain, Film & Talk
Wed 26 Apr, 7 pm, Hanseateweg, Studio
Director: Ute Adamczewski, D 2019, 118 Min.
€ 6/4

Film Programme Black Box
Tue – Sun 12 – 7 pm
Free admission



MACHT RAUM GEWALT. Planen und Bauen im Nationalsozialismus 

Unabhängige Historikerkommission (UHK) in cooperation with the Akademie der Künste, Berlin (Hg.) 

352 pages, ca. 420 illustrations € 20

ISBN 978-3-88331-254-5 (DE)
ISBN 978-3-88331-255-2 (EN)



An exhibition by the Independent Commission of Historians (UHK) “Planning and Building under National Socialism“ in cooperation with the Akademie der Künste, Berlin, federally funded, supervised by the Federal Ministry for Housing, Urban Development and Building (BMWSB), and represented by the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR).

Members of the Independent Commission of Historians (UHK): Wolfgang Benz, Tilman Harlander, Elke Pahl-Weber, Wolfram Pyta, Adelheid von Saldern, Wolfgang Schäche, Regina Stephan

19 Apr — 16 Jul 2023

Tue – Sun 11 am – 7 pm

Free admission

Curator’s Tours
16 July, 4 pm
€ 3

Guided Tours for blind and visually impaired visitors
4 July, 5 pm
Free admission


Tel.: (030) 200 57-1000
E-Mail: ticket@adk.de