Future Obsolescence

These photographs were made in April and May 2016


Future Obsolescence #8054; Heizkraftwerk Wilmersdorf; 52°28’45” N 13°18’32” E; Berlin, Germany



Future Obsolescence #8852; Heizkraftwerk Lichterfelde; 52°25’21” N 13°18’44” E; Berlin, Germany



Future Obsolescence #7440; Kraftwerk Berlin; 52°30’43” N 13°25’22” E; Berlin, Germany



Future Obsolescence #7594; Heizkraftwerk Klingenberg; 52°29’12” N 13°29’50” E; Berlin, Germany



Future Obsolescence #65577; Reutter West; 52°32’5″ N 13°14’54” E; Berlin, Germany


Future Obsolescence was inspired by an irony. Germany has an international reputation for the production of green energy, but it is also the world’s third largest consumer of coal. The power plants in these pictures are located in Berlin residential neighborhoods. One can imagine that in the future these power plants will become obsolete. Perhaps they will be converted into museums, like the Tate Modern in London, or community spaces, or they may vanish from the landscape.

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