Mensadebatte and Beethovenhalle Initiatives - Weimar and Bonn - Germany
The Weimar-based initiative Mensadebatte and Initiative Beethovenhalle from Bonn are models for successful “information and sensitizing campaigns” that have grown out of civic engagement.
In Weimar, the so-called Mensa am Park (built in 1982) was to be demolished to make room for a new Bauhaus Museum.
The Beethovenhalle in Bonn (built in 1959), which has been under historic preservation since 1990, was also facing demolition.
In both cases, the documentation of the qualities of these exemplary postwar buildings and the highvisibility debate surrounding them halted the demolition plans and sparked a process of reevaluation.