When Halle-Neustadt was concepted in only a couple of years during the 1960s and erected in just about the same amount of time, the main goal of the constructioners was to provide housing for the workers of two of the main energy producing plants of the former German Democratic Republic, Leuna and Buna-Schkopau. Through this, Halle-Neustadt became the biggest construction project of the GDR and by the early 1980s, more than 90,000 people were living in a city that was completely designed on socialist grounds.

Not even ten years later, with the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Halle-Neustadt was confronted with fundamental political changes that included the closing down of about 80 percent of the industrial sector of the GDR, which also affected Leuna and Buna-Schkopau. The radical cutback in jobs among demographic changes that came along with the breakdown of the political system had enormous consequences on the population, which by 2011 had more than halved to 44,597 people.

As Halle-Neustadt is pending between presence and absence, the number of abandoned housing continues to rise. Four out of the five Scheibenhäuser, the former landmark of the city, have been affected since the early 1990s. While their hive broke, they slowly started to conserve the remains of the place that has once been considered to be the ideal communist city in what have now become gigantic honeycombs.

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