Johannes Göderitz

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Johannes Göderitz (born May 24, 1888 in Ramsin ; † March 27, 1978 in Braunlage ; full name: Johannes Gustav Ludwig Göderitz ) was a German architect , town planner , construction officer and university lecturer .


Johannes Göderitz, son of a mine director, attended high schools in Halle (Saale) and Wittenberg between 1899 and 1908 . He then went to Berlin and studied architecture for nine semesters at the Technical University of Charlottenburg .

His professional career began as a government construction manager ( trainee lawyer ) at the Oberpostdirektion Berlin . After working in the military building administration and in the Potsdam district government , he was drafted into military service from 1914 to 1918. While working on the Western Front , he was wounded.

After the end of the war, Göderitz returned to Berlin, where he initially worked as a government builder ( assessor ) for the senior executive committee. At the instigation of Bruno Taut , Magdeburg's city planning officer , Göderitz joined the city of Magdeburg in 1921 and was initially a member of the Tauts team. In 1923 he was appointed municipal building officer and was responsible for the city's structural engineering.

In 1924, in collaboration with Konrad Rühl and Gerhard Gauger , Göderitz designed a housing estate on Magdeburg's Große Diesdorfer Straße (today “ Hermann-Beims-Siedlung ” in Stadtfeld West ). On January 5, 1927, the foundation stone was laid for the Magdeburg city hall that Göderitz had designed. In the same year he was officially appointed to the position of town planning officer, succeeding Taut, who had moved to Berlin. Under his leadership, modern and highly regarded urban development objects were created in Magdeburg, some of which still shape the city today and earned Göderitz the reputation of being one of the most outstanding representatives of New Building . Göderitz published his ideas in 1927 in the publication “Magdeburg - City of New Building Willing”. In October 1928 Göderitz presented a general development plan and new urban building regulations for Magdeburg. From 1929 he also took over the department for theater and orchestra. In 1930 he founded the Magdeburg Association for German Craftsmanship , of which he became chairman. In 1932 Göderitz developed a concept for the redevelopment of Magdeburg's inner city .

After the seizure of power of the Nazis Göderitz was on charges of cultural Bolshevism deposed on June 15 1933rd Until 1936 he worked as a freelance architect in Magdeburg. From 1936 to 1945 he took over the management of the German Academy for Urban Development, Reich and State Planning in Berlin. In 1939 and 1940 he headed the organic urban renewal working group there . In 1943 and 1944 he worked in the regional planning community in Mark Brandenburg .

After the end of the Second World War , Göderitz took over the function of city planning council in Braunschweig from 1945 to 1953 and led the reconstruction of the city, which was badly damaged in the war. From 1945 to 1950 he also taught regional planning , urban planning and housing as an honorary professor at the Technical University of Braunschweig . From 1960 to 1962 Göderitz was director of the institute for urban development and housing at this university, and until 1970 he was also a lecturer for regional planning and regional planning.


In 1952 Göderitz was awarded the Cross of Merit (Steckkreuz) of the Federal Republic of Germany. In 1953 he received an honorary doctorate from the Technical University of Berlin. Since 1946 he was a full member of the Braunschweig Scientific Society . Magdeburg honored him in 1990 by naming Johannes-Göderitz-Straße .

The Johannes Göderitz Foundation was established in 1978 . This awards the Johannes Göderitz Prize every year after competition for ideas to promote student and academic work in architecture and urban development .



  • Ines Hildebrandt: Göderitz, Johannes Gustav Ludwig. In: Guido Heinrich, Gunter Schandera (ed.): Magdeburg Biographical Lexicon 19th and 20th centuries. Biographical lexicon for the state capital Magdeburg and the districts of Bördekreis, Jerichower Land, Ohrekreis and Schönebeck. Scriptum, Magdeburg 2002, ISBN 3-933046-49-1 .
  • Olaf Gisbertz: Bruno Taut and Johannes Göderitz in Magdeburg. Architecture and urban development in the Weimar Republic. Gebr. Mann, Berlin 2000, ISBN 3-7861-2318-7 .
  • Olaf Gisbertz: "Build in competition with spring". Johannes Göderitz in Magdeburg . In: Christian Antz u. a. (Ed.): New Building New Life. The 20s in Magdeburg, Berlin: Deutscher Kunstverlag 2018, ISBN 978-3-422-92628-8 , pp. 76–89.

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Individual evidence

  1. Zeitschrift für Bauwesen , No. 6/1930 (PDF; 3.5 MB)
  2. Cf. Marco Papritz: "Protest against the demolition of the Göderitz building", Volksstimme of September 3, 2015; Presentation of the meeting of the Magdeburg City Council on September 3, 2015