Visible and Invi­sible Borders
FH Erfurt
Prof. Dr. Reinhold Zemke
Stefan Andres
Fakultät Architektur und Stadtplanung

“When I talk to people in Germany, they often tell me how well I can speak their language consi­de­ring I have only lived in the country for about four years. I am aware, that they have good inten­tions, but what they are sugges­ting by this state­ment is, that I am not one of them. By compli­men­ting me for being well adapted to their culture they are invol­un­ta­rily buil­ding a barrier between me and them that I cannot over­come.” – Suliman Mardini, team member from Syria

Borders are various and some­times easily over­looked. They can either be physical or mental, visible or invi­sible. Within the frame­work of the summer school “Border­line City” we are exami­ning the dif-ference and the rela­tion between obvious and hidden barriers that are a part of ever­yday life in each city. In our inter­na­tional team, diverse under­stan­dings of barriers are brought toge­ther and form the basis for scien­tific work. Our project aims to raise awareness concer­ning barriers on an inter­na­tional level. There­fore, we are espe­cially compa­ring the coun­tries Germany, Turkey and Syria based on personal expe­ri­ences of our team members. Barriers within the coun­tries are consi­dered as well as barriers between them.