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Scandinavian architecture has been associated with straight lines, tranquility and democracy. Further, it has tried to define itself as a social democratic architecture, from the Finnish architect Alvar Aalto, over Arne Jacobsen and BIG, to the Norwegian Snøhetta. Claiming to have the same political frame, their works differentiate widely in form and size. What does […]
The Biking Discussion is celebrating one of its peaks around Europe’s different capitols. In London, Mayor Boris Johnson just launched a plan for £913m to improve biking habits of the Londoners. From the Dutch model, Johnson wants to build a crossrail for bikes and “de-Lucra-fy” the way of biking. In other words, biking should not […]
During Easter, I took time to discover the hidden concrete sanctuaries of Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. On Easter sunday, we drove by Neviges and had a look at their church of pilgrimage “Maria, Königin des Friedens” built in brutalist style by the German architect Gottfried Böhm in 1968. Böhm’s construction represents the idea of the church as […]
During Easter, I took time to discover the hidden concrete sanctuaries of Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. On a cold March midday, we arrived at Bruder Klaus Feldkapelle. Erected in the middle of a bare field, one has to cross over a large area of land to reach the chapel. It is planned and built by Swiss architect […]
Manchmal nahm mich an Winterabenden meine Mutter zum Kaufmann mit. Es war ein dunkles, unbekanntes Berlin, das sich im Gaslicht vor mir ausbreitete. Wir blieben im alten Westen, dessen Straßenzüge einträchtiger und anspruchsloser waren als die später bevorzugten. Die Erker und Säulen gewahrte man nicht mehr deutlich, und in die Fassaden war Licht getreten. Lag […]
Last weekend I had the pleasure of visiting the exhibition Kultur:Stadt at Akademie der Künste. The exhibition has quickly become the talk of the town and not without reason. Kultur:Stadt is interactive and communicative, but in its eagerness to succeed and exceed the limits of traditional curatorial practice, it on the one hand comes to […]
Pecha Kucha is originally a format for “informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas”. In the process of developing the Stadtentwicklungsplan “StEP Wohnen” for Berlin, the Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung und Umwelt used this rather innovative concept to develop interdisciplinary discussion. To evaluate this interesting step of the Senate, I […]
“Berlin is attractive. Berlin is growing. Berlin needs flats“. Such buzzwords are very popular in the present debate on the further urban development of the German capitol. Under the main theme “living” and the parole “Berlin braucht mehr Wohnungsbau für alle”, the Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung und Umwelt prepares Berlin for the upcoming Internationale Bauausstellung (IBA) […]
Writing about biking culture and feeling a bit homesick, I feel that it is time to share this video. A MGM Production from 1937 about the idyllic, yet innovative, Copenhagen.
Brutalism in black/white: Pictures from the Czech Embassy in Berlin, Wilhelmstraße 44, Berlin. Architects: Věra und Vladimír Machonin together with Klaus Pätzmann. Copyright Sofie Krogh Christensen
Apropros my article on leises.berlin.de, this comment in Berliner Morgenpost (03.01.13) could be one of the follow-up initiatives: http://www.morgenpost.de/berlin-aktuell/article113335879/Ein-Masterplan-fuer-Berlins-Radwege-muss-her.html Then the Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung und Umwelt could get their quieter city and the citizens a better one.