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Old January 25th, 2015, 09:44 PM   #41
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ELH, are you working with the city design and planning departments? Your ideas and insights should be exposed to those in decision-making positions.
Hi Keepthepast,

no, I work in the psychiatry, but have an idea for an occupational change, hopefully within few years.

I once tried to get into the architecture study in Oslo, but didnīt pass the admission test. However, I have had interest in architecture and urban aesthetics for a long time.

......an yourself?
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Old January 27th, 2015, 02:14 AM   #42
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Hi Keepthepast,

no, I work in the psychiatry, but have an idea for an occupational change, hopefully within few years.

I once tried to get into the architecture study in Oslo, but didnīt pass the admission test. However, I have had interest in architecture and urban aesthetics for a long time.

......an yourself?
Like many, a stalwart for architectural preservation, resurrection, and beauty. Have worked on design/review boards and sadly know the powers that be are often inept and clueless. When I say I support preservation, that's for only the good stuff. I'd gladly bulldoze some of the horrors that are thrust upon us.
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Old January 27th, 2015, 09:37 PM   #43
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FRAMING IN THE "NEW CITY HALL"

The new city hall was build just into the 20th century.

Hereīs how it looked upon completion. Note specifically the two flanking buildings and the houses across the street from its front.

Photo at the historical museum of Hannover, found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CFsQrQMwEw

The one flank has lost its framing element, the other has gotten it replaced with a modernist building housing the same museum as the old classical building did before. Across the street are one of the worst examples of post war city planning.

Adaption of photo by Hans Blossey, found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CCAQrQMwAA

The area is marked with an orange circle on the below map. Build around 1900, it lies outside of the historical "Altstadt" (old-town). Still, it has a classicalistic architectural reference frame worth preserving, in my opinion.

Adapted detail of map found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CCoQrQMwAQ

Here is a model showing the pre-war situation in more detail.

Photo by Falko Haase, found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...P8BEK0DMFM42AQ

The Kestner-museum flanking the city hall to its west before the war.

Photo found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CFkQrQMwEw

The Kestner-museum flanking the city hall to its west at present. I wonīt deny is has something to it, especially at night, but the question is if this is the right location for this building.

Photo found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...d=0CMQBEK0DMDQ

Another, current overview. As visible, more than one building could deserve to get demolished.

Photo found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CCIQrQMwAA

These are some of the proposed plans to the area. As far as I understand, however, no concrete projects are poised to get realized as of yet. My suggestion would be reconstruction of the historical "frame" of the city hall. At the very least, I would have rebuild the eastern flanks of the city hall the way it was. Regarding the front across the street, a modern, urban facade of high quality could be just as good as a reconstruction - and anything will be better than what stands there now.

Adaption of visualization by "Büro Drecker", found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...d=0CPEBEK0DMEM

Finally another picture of the city hall from its sunny side.

Photo by "Digicopter", found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CCAQrQMwAA

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As the former seat of the dual monarchy of Great Britain and Hannover, it would surely be great if the city could bring back its former regal architectural glory. So many of the post war structures that are now 50-60 years old are under scrutiny everywhere in terms of their future usefulness or that they should be removed. Let's hope Hannover opts for removal rather than upgrading the post war crap as Dresden is doing in the Neustadt area.
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Old January 29th, 2015, 09:57 PM   #45
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THE "FLUSSWASSERKUNST"

The Flusswasserkunst, along with the Garnison church and other buildings, are among those structures that survived the war, but were moronically demolished in the wake of its end.

I cannot good imagine why - maybe people had a sense of everything being lost "anyway", the task of reconstructing the city as it used to be appearing too immense. Maybe they wanted to look forward only and forget that there had been a past - I really donīt know.

Anyways, here is the flusswasserkunst the way it looked. Additionally to having palace functions, It functioned to regulate the river Leine:

Photo found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CCsQrQMwAw

Its location is within the orange circle on the below map:

Adapted detail of map found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CCoQrQMwAQ

Here is a historic photo of the Flusswasserkunst in its urban context. To the left is the old royal palace, the Leineschloss, which currently houses the legislative body of lower saxonyīs state government. In the background is the cupola of the "new city hall".

Photo found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...=0CAYQrQMwADhk

This is roughly the same view as of today, without the Flusswasserkunst

Photo by Pixel-Painter, found ba: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CCAQrQMwAA

Here is an old photo of the Flusswasserkunst seen from the other side.

Photo found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CC8QrQMwBQ

The slot where it can be rebuild:

Detail of photo found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CCAQrQMwAA

An artistic depiction:

Painting by Dimitrij Czepurnyi, found at http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...d=0CJcBEK0DMCQ

The Flusswasserkunst and the Leineschloss as seen from the cupola of the "new city hall":

Photo found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CCIQrQMwAA

A very rough approximation of how the Flusswasserkunst would fit within the current cityscape.

Photo found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...d=0CPEBEK0DMEM
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Old January 29th, 2015, 10:36 PM   #46
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Thanks for the continued review. It's interesting to see how even the so-called 'non-sexy' cities of today had past lives that were filled with architectural grandeur. That whole area including Hannover, Braunsweig, Hildesheim, etc was a jewel of medieval as well as Grunderzeit buildings.
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As the former seat of the dual monarchy of Great Britain and Hannover, it would surely be great if the city could bring back its former regal architectural glory. So many of the post war structures that are now 50-60 years old are under scrutiny everywhere in terms of their future usefulness or that they should be removed. Let's hope Hannover opts for removal rather than upgrading the post war crap as Dresden is doing in the Neustadt area.
I have good news for you, keepthepast! The Welfen Schloss, or in english castle just has been fully reconstructed. To top it off: With private money!!
The Volkswagen foundation was in need of some congress centre. So they rebuild the castle where the british royal family came from head to toe. The congress centre was to big for the castle, so they put some of it underground to make it work. It works perfect! The park was still there, just without castle. The centre can be rented. On 200 days a year Volkswagen will rent for schools and seminars and the rest 165 days other people can rent. It was just finished recently and is totally booked out five years in advance!!

I did put up on Berlin Stadtschloss reconstruction a list with all 10 recent schloss reconstructions in Germany and the way it was paid for to encourage britain and other countries to do the same. It can be done!
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Thanks for the continued review. It's interesting to see how even the so-called 'non-sexy' cities of today had past lives that were filled with architectural grandeur. That whole area including Hannover, Braunsweig, Hildesheim, etc was a jewel of medieval as well as Grunderzeit buildings.
Thanks yourself for the interest!
Yes, you are right that the whole area is a bit underrated. Braunschweig (Brunswick) is half the size of Hannover, but was also a royal city with former capital status. Hildesheim suffered the worst architectural losses, I guess, but has had a few interesting rebuilding projects.
I also immensely like the relatively "nearby" towns lining the northern foot of the Harz mountains: Goslar, Wernigerode, Quedlinburg, above all. They all came virtually unharmed through the war.

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LEINEINSEL

The Leineinsel (Leine island) is a topic which will require more posts. I posted photos showing the urban aesthetic of the Leineinsel in page 2 of this thread, so I wonīt waste much space repeating that here. Rather, I will view the Leineinsel from a city planning perspective.

First one single pic to remind once more what the issue of reconstruction concerns.

Photo found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CCYQrQMwAg

Then the location of the project within the map detail of the old-town (orange circle)

Adapted detail of map found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CCoQrQMwAQ

This model of the war destructions to the area shows the Leineinsel (within the red circle) and the lane of the road for which so much of the cityīs oldest history was made flat and (hopefully not final) history (the thin black lines).

Adaption of photo posted by "Erpel", found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CCAQrQMwAA

This shows the role of the Leineinsel in the medieval city-layout of Hannover. It was an integral part of the city from the very beginnning.

Map posted by "Erpel", found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CCAQrQMwAA

This is a loose proposal of rebuilding the Leineinsel as a modern city square. I find it to be completely mal-placed. There is enough space in Hannover to widen the modern city center in other directions. The Leineinsel has great historical importance and should be left like it is now (as a main traffic artery) until some later generation realizes the full value it has. If build out at present, historical re-construction will be made impossible for the next 50 - 100 years, which would be a great shame.

Image by "Agence Ter", found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CCAQrQMwAA

This proposal digs out "a" (not the historical) Leineinsel and makes it into a park. I like it, but this location is not about city re-development making the city "nicer". Every city does this and if Hannover gives up this location, it chooses to reduce itself to being like "every other city".

Photo found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CCAQrQMwAA

A "horror-scenario". That someone can even think of using THIS location for THAT is unconceivable. Then better keep the road, someone may have better ideas in 20 or 30 years.

Image by KSW, found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CCAQrQMwAA

My suggestion is, as mentioned before, rebuilding of the Leineinsel the way it was. Yes, it is a huge project, but other cities like Dresden and Frankfurt are managing projects this scale and larger. One could do like in Dresden, rebuilding everything faithfully as of the exterior, yet with modern interior functionality. The choice is one of what Hannover choses to be. If it choses to be "nothing" it will be because its lacks the self-esteem. My hope is that Hannovers self-esteem wil inflate to the point of embracing this kind of ambitions. I believe it would pay off tenfold in the long run.

Adaption of photo posted by "Erpel", found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CCAQrQMwAA

One suggestion could be to allow reconstruction step-wise. This would make the investment less time-intensive. I would start with these buildings lying across the Leineschloss. It can be build without shutting down the main street currently running across the area of the Leineinsel and without actually digging out the island. It could singlehandedly "frame in" the Leineschloss to the west in a manner giving the city another little piece of its own authentic history back.

Adaption of photo posted by "Erpel", found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CCAQrQMwAA

Off course, a solution to the trafic problem must be made concrete if the whole Leineinsel is to be rebuild. Maybe I will come back to that specific topic in a later post.
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"Every city does this and if Hannover gives up this location, it chooses to reduce itself to being like "every other city".


What is pathetically discomforting is that urban designers often "think" they are creating uniquenesses with their cookie-cutter approaches to urban renovation. It begs the question of 'what's wrong with them?'

Unfortunately, the international/bauhaus/modernist/contemporary ideology in architecture and city planning has indeed made much of the world look like one great big shopping mall...with a Walmart on the edge.
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I have good news for you, keepthepast! The Welfen Schloss, or in english castle just has been fully reconstructed. To top it off: With private money!!
The Volkswagen foundation was in need of some congress centre. So they rebuild the castle where the british royal family came from head to toe. The congress centre was to big for the castle, so they put some of it underground to make it work. It works perfect! The park was still there, just without castle. The centre can be rented. On 200 days a year Volkswagen will rent for schools and seminars and the rest 165 days other people can rent. It was just finished recently and is totally booked out five years in advance!!

I did put up on Berlin Stadtschloss reconstruction a list with all 10 recent schloss reconstructions in Germany and the way it was paid for to encourage britain and other countries to do the same. It can be done!
Yes, with the rebuilding of Herrenhausen all palaces having served the former regents of Hannover are intact:

The 2009 rebuild Herrenhausen palace:

Photo found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CCIQrQMwAA

Its garden:

Photo by Webb Aviation, found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CCIQrQMwAA

The old Leineschloss in the city center, currently legislative branch of state government:

Photo found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CCMQrQMwAA

Riverside view:

Photo found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CDIQrQMwBQ

The 19th century Welfenschloss, currently University of Hannover:

Photo found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CFYQrQMwEA

Ditto:

Photo by Christian Haase, found at http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CCIQrQMwAA

Lastly the Marienburg lying south of the city, along the road to Hildesheim. Build in romantic, neo-medieval style in the 19th century.

Photo by U. Schlesner, found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CCUQrQMwAQ

Seen from below.

Photo by Claus Hoffmeister, found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CCAQrQMwAA
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Marienburg remains a residence and Princess Caroline and husband Ernst August use it for at least one of their homes.
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REBUILDING THE SYNAGOGUE

The Synagogue was the first token of Hannover destruction, since it was the first architectural victim. Since its destruction followed from within, rather than outside, it would be a symbol of the ressurection of the entire city if it got rebuild.

It would also be a great symbolic act towords the innocent, jewish victims of nazi crime within the city. It would be an expensive project, just to give away to descendants of its historic owners. This kind of gesture is only valuable if it comes as an initiative from within.

Purely architecturally, the Synagogue outshines many churches in Hannover, which lacks a major cathedral. The synagogue, however, was architecturally inspired by a church, namely the Kaiserdom in Aachen. Rebuilding it in Hannover would give much back also to the city itself.

The Synagogue before its destruction:

Photo at the historical museum of Hannover, found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CCQQrQMwAA

Here after it burned and half demolished.

Photo by Wilhelm Hauschild, found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CEcQrQMwDQ

This is the location of the Synagogue within the old-town (within the orange circle).

Adapted detail of map found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CCoQrQMwAQ

The interior of the synagogue:

Photo found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CCIQrQMwAA

The Synagogue seen from the air within its urban habitat.

Photo at historical museum of Hannover, found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CCIQrQMwAA

The Synagogue (encircled) in the city not yet destroyed by aerial raids.

Photo by "Hetresi", found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CCMQrQMwAA

A very detailed map of the area as it was before the war. The green circle marks the empty spot where the Synagogue used to stand, indicating the map cold date to the Nazi era.

Image found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CCAQrQMwAA

A depiction of a rebuild Synagogue:

Image found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CCAQrQMwAA

And the interior:

Image found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CCIQrQMwAA

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LEINEINSEL TRAFIC SOLUTION

For the SSC co-users who haventīs read this thread before, Iīll introduce the topic once more:

After the destructions of WWII, this island in the river Leine (red circle) and adjacent old-town architecture was not rebuild. Instead, a major street was build right across a section of the most historical part of the city center (thin black lines).

Adaption of photo posted by "Erpel", found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CCAQrQMwAA

What the city lost was that shown in the next four pics.

Photo found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...d=0CNkBEK0DMDs


Photo fround at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CCMQrQMwAA


Original owned by Kunstverlag Karl Bernhard, found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...d=0CNABEK0DMDg


http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=http%3A%2FPhoto posted by Bernd Sperlich, found at: %2Fmedia05.myheimat.de%2F2012%2F01%2F12%2F1944670_web.jpg%253F1326359789&imgrefurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.myheimat.de%2Fhannover-calenberger-neustadt%2Fpolitik%2Frechts-der-diskutierte-abschnitt-zwischen-leineschloss-links-hinten-und-beginenturm-nicht-sichtbar-um-1930-m1944670%2C2375958.html&h=600&w=367&tbnid=WxlwWn-ZkqjHcM%3A&zoom=1&docid=YnsVtW1Jl7-MOM&ei=NH3OVKjIMKuV7AaC74G4BA&tbm=isch&iact=rc&uact=3&dur=383&page=6&start=129&ndsp=31&ved=0CIoBEK0DMCw4ZA

If wanting to rebuild the historical Leineinsel and the adjacent, riverside architecture (within orange circle), the main hurdle is where to lead the trafic presently going through the area.

Adapted detail of map found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CCoQrQMwAQ

My suggestion would be a tunnel-system. Underground portions of the road system is marked red, portions above gound orange.

Adapted detail of map found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CCoQrQMwAQ

This photo shows the formerly single road coming out of two tunnel openings (blue), as also shown on the map above. The red line marks the perimeter to the left of which no major road system will be needed, thanks to the tunnel.

Adapted detail of photo by Jens Bludau, found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CCIQrQMwAA

The goal would be that the view from the top of the city hallīs dome once more could be this,

Photo found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CCIQrQMwAA

.....instead of this.

Detail from Photo by Henry Arlit, found by: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...d=0CNQCEK0DMGM

This would have the positive side effect that the center of the city would be felt to grow. Today, the road "Leibnizufer" works as a barrier letting you feel youīve reached the western rim of the city center proper. This wasnīt so in the past, and if rebuild as here suggested, the city center would be felt to grow back into its original size.

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Similar problems exist all over Germany. Notably in Dresden, the St Petersburger Str cuts the Allstadt off from the environs to the east where there once was lovely integration by foot, bicycle, auto, trolley, and bus not to mention all the buildings that provided a continuity to the east. But, higher speed, large volume traffic movement was more important to planners who usually are not the ones who live within the frameworks they dictate.
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Iīm going to recircle the topics of the old-town with some variation and progression, for exposure reasons. Iīm sure there are plenty of other ideas for the rest of the city center and other parts of the city, but for now I keep focusing on the old-town.

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The two city squares of the old city hall and the market church are marked orange on the below map. I have next framed that core area with a perimeter (also orange) to the north and east. The perimeter envelopes the building mass visible from that core market area, mostly "cheaper" looking, post-war architecture.


Adapted detail of map found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CCoQrQMwAQ

I would suggest all buildings within the drawn perimeter to be rebuild as of 1938. If the market area could be "closed in" with an authentic historical frame like that, it would be a major improvement to the experience of the area.
Here is the area as it looked before the war:

Photo at historical museum of Hannover, found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CCAQrQMwAA

And from another angle and greater distance, as depicted in a city model.

Photo by Falko Hasse, found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CDUQrQMwBg

The same view, in another city model, showing the war destructions inflicted upon the city.

Photo by Falko Haase, found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CDUQrQMwBg

This is present. The green marked building mass is that building mass which both borders the market area and which is post war.

Photo by Webb Aviation, found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CCAQrQMwAA

Taking the original photo again, the marked buildings are those that would have to be rebuild to heal the market & old town-hall area as seen from within.From my point of view, it would be one of the most important projects Hannover could undertake, next to restoring the Leineinsel.

Adaption of photo from historical museum of Hannover, found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CCAQrQMwAA

Finally 3 pics t show that the area is no lost case even if half the artwork is still missing.

Photo by AxelHH, found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CCIQrQMwAA


Photo by "photo.ua", found at: https://www.google.de/search?q=Hanno...-241458802.jpg


All rights "Landeshauptstadt Hannover", found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CC8QrQMwBQ
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My idea is that if the city also prioritzed the old-town, the amount of investment needed to restore it to most of its former glory would be handleable. It would be a very big investment, yes, but if attention is not diverted to further projects, it would be doable - as proved by cities like Dresden and Frankfurt.
The further, contemporary development rest of the city should be let to private initiatives - as that is how cities organically grow. The old-town, however, is important, because its intactness is what links the city to its past. A city without past is a city without standard. Restoring the old-town would raise the "standard" of the entire city. Itīs an investment in the future.

The medieval, fortified city:


This is todays city center. The blue line marks, but just approximately, the perimeter of the medieval city boundry. The orange areas are the areas which presently can be felt to be an "old-town". Just a small portion of even the medieval city area.


Old-town of today I.


Old-town of today II.


This is a pre-war map. It lets me mark (green) what I think should be rebuild as of 1938, to heal the old-town. The blue perimeter again roughly marks the boundaries of the medieval, fortified city.


If all those areas got rebuild, the old-town would be bound together and expanded into a coherent, compact and bigger whole. Still just a portion of the medieval city, but at least a more considerable and coherent chunk of the present city center.


The old-town to be (again) I.


The old-town to be (again) II.


The old-town to be (again) III.


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Old February 15th, 2015, 12:27 AM   #58
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This is a part of the historical city fortification before the war.

Photo found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CCAQrQMwAA

...and in the 60īs, as viewed from a distance across the area of the planned, new road.

Photo by LHH, found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CCIQrQMwAA
What's the building next to the tower btw? It seems like it would be one the more easier things to rebuild? Reconstruct the roof and you're halfway there.
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What's the building next to the tower btw? It seems like it would be one the more easier things to rebuild? Reconstruct the roof and you're halfway there.
It houses the historical museum of Hannover. Itīs the place where you can see the city models of which I have posted photos here. Some of the historical photos too.

I think they used the fundaments of the old building and it has a similar kind of facade material. Ironically, the historical museum lies in a post-war building within the old-town (or right next to it, depending on definition), but that would be easy to change if there was a decision to.

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I want my most pramgmatically directed ideas to be given a little more exposure, in case someone in projecting or decision making position could happen to catch on. Hence, a recycling of this post.

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Adaption of photo posted by "Erpel", found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CCAQrQMwAA

What the city lost was this:

Photo found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...d=0CNkBEK0DMDs


If wanting to rebuild the historical Leineinsel and the adjacent, riverside architecture (within orange circle), the main hurdle is where to lead the trafic presently going through the area.

Adapted detail of map found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CCoQrQMwAQ

My suggestion would be a tunnel-system. Underground portions of the road system is marked red, portions above gound orange.

Adapted detail of map found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CCoQrQMwAQ

This photo shows the formerly single road coming out of two tunnel openings (blue), as also shown on the map above. The red line marks the perimeter to the left of which no major road system will be needed, thanks to the tunnel.

Adapted detail of photo by Jens Bludau, found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...ed=0CCIQrQMwAA
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