In the 1950s and 1960s, Rotaprint AG regularly published issues of Rotaprint Nachrichten, the company newspaper. Produced at the headquarters on Gottschedstraße in Berlin Wedding, its purpose was to keep employees and customers abreast of company developments. The successive expansion of the Gottschedstraße site into a modern company headquarters is chronicaled in Rotaprint Nachrichten, which also featured a contemporary, modern design. The nearly fifty issues that were published focus on the success of the company during the time of the economic miracle, the advancements of the printing technology and the Rotaprint printing presses, but also the precarious situation of the company in what was the then the “island status” of West Berlin.
ExRotaprint revives this tradition: the ExRotaprint Nachrichten is published in irregular intervals and reports on new on-site developments and our urban policy goals.
#1 Das Baudenkmal, 2008
18 pages, German, 21 x 29.7 cm
The architecture of the Rotaprint complex served as the inspiration and driving force behind ExRotaprint. The first edition of ExRotaprint Nachrichten introduces the architectural monument of the “Rotaprint factory,” officially listed since 1991, and architect Klaus Kirsten.
#2 Das Baumaßnahmenspiel, 2010
Poster with texts, German, A1 folded on 21 x 29.7 cm
For the tenants and fans of ExRotaprint.
It presents the impending renovation of the ExRotaprint site as a board game:
Four players can either take the financing path, the master plan path, the fire protection path, or the monument-protection path, and learn at individual stations along the way what is necessary, unavoidable, unyeilding, or wasteful, and the hurdles and challenges of consolidating the site and its construction.
#3 Das Modell ExRotaprint, 2011
32 pages, German, 21 x 29.7 cm
The issue on the conception of ExRotaprint.
This edition lays out the political circumstances at the time of purchase, the processes within the group, and discusses the objectives and solutions for the long-term perspective of our project development. Heritable building right and nonprofit status as a legal configuration, financing, self-organization, the utilization concept, and the role that heterogeneity plays for the tenants’
project are outlined. Download here (3,6 MB)
#3 The ExRotaprint Model, International Edition, 2011
32 pages, English, 21 x 29.7 cm Download here (1,6 MB)
#4 Die letzten Rotaprint Nachrichten / die ersten ExRotaprint Nachrichten, 2012
40 pages, German, 21 x 29.7 cm
Featuring original press articles, this edition reflects on the decline of the Rotaprint company in the 1980s and the failed efforts to resurrect the abandoned site in the early 1990s. Flipped over, the issue presents articles from ExRotaprint’s early phase, the struggle to purchase the property, and the success of the ExRotaprint tenants’ initiative.
1st part: Press articles from 1986-96 on Rotaprint, 2nd part: Press articles from 2006-09 on ExRotaprint
Extrablatt ExBrache, 2012
4 pages, German, 21 x 29.7 cm
The supplement ExBrache takes a closer look at the former Rotaprint city block. Rotaprint defined the entire city block between Gottschedstraße, Bornemannstraße, Uferstraße, Wiesenstraße and Reinickendorfer Straße for over eight decades. After the production halls to the south of ExRotaprint were demolished the interior area of the block remained empty for a long time. The discount supermarket chain Lidl and the municipal housing association Gesobau have since made their own marks. On the remaining parcels, ExRotaprint is working to develop a socially inclusive project for affordable housing.
#5 Wie funktioniert das Erbbaurecht? 2014
24 pages, German, 21 x 29.7 cm
Heritable building right for dummies. This issue explains with drawings and texts the instrument of the heritable building right, the legal separation between land and buildings, the mortgage requirements, duration of the contract, and reversion. It highlights the advantages and the possibilities for shaping urban development policy and why we decided to go with a hertitable building right. Heritiable building right forward ho! Download here (1,3 MB)