Cologne Preserves 60s Architectural Giant Last week Thursday, the district government of Cologne proofed the Fachhochschule in Deutz worthy of preservation. The crucial argument was: “Es ist ein Dokument der Bildungsreformen der 60er Jahre” (eng: “It [the school red.] is a document of the 60s educational reforms”) This argument acknowledges architecture as an embodiment of […]

To be legitimate able to plan a city, one has to be an educated urban planner – but the distance between the closed universe of academica and that of a particular corner in particular quarter in a particular city is great. How can one create a common ground between the academic discourse of the urban […]

Totalitarianism in fragments: Pictures in mixed order of Waldhof am Bogensee (Heinrich Schweitzer, 1939) and the former FDJ-Jugendhochschule (Hermann Henselmann, 1951) in Lanke, Wandlitz. Copyright Sofie Krogh Christensen

Brilliant ambiguous architecture communication underground: Pictures of present campaign for Deutsche Oper Berlin in occasion of its 100 years birthday, taken in U Stadtmitte, Berlin. Picture copyright Sofie Krogh Christensen

LÄRM. The Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung und Umwelt of Berlin has decided to reduce Berlin’s noise. Through the Internet, the Senat lets the common Berliner complain about their noisy streets and here through, improve their city. Being interested in this new participative move of the Berliner Senate, I ask: does a quieter city make a better […]

The conservative education secretary in Great Britain, Michael Gove, has recently decided to do a radical regulation in the laws concerning public school architecture. Meaning saving public funds says the government, meaning educational cutback for a whole generation say the critics. Though disagreeing with this political priority, I still do not agree with its critics […]

The final presentation of a piece of architecture matters quite a lot. It can be said to closely compete with the importance of the building itself. Apart from its values in the present, the presentation also has a historical factor: how a piece of architecture is presented can be essential for its future perception.  Due […]

“Preserving Palestine’s Architectural Heritage” on Gulf News is an interesting article on the contemporary political value of architecture and the potential of development in historical heritage: http://gulfnews.com/about-gulf-news/al-nisr-portfolio/weekend-review/preserving-palestine-s-architectural-heritage-1.1127350 “It took Riwaq 13 years to prepare a record of historical buildings in Palestine, before moving on to rehabilitation and development of the architectural heritage. This involved restoring […]

Due to urbantekstur’s focus on an international palette of architectural and urban problematics as well as its interest of growing up to embrace an international audience, the articles on the blog will in the future be in English.

Brutalism in black/white: Pictures from St. Agnes Kirche, Alexandrinnenstraße 118, Berlin Kreuzberg. Architect: Werner Düttmann, 1967. Copyright: Sofie Krogh Christensen

The hotel group Hilton opens a new Waldorf Astoria at Bahnhof Zoo, Berlin in the coming year. This is with the hope of developing the quarter in the right direction. Yet, I am puzzled of the belief in multinational companies of the following article: When has a Hilton hotel, or hotel architecture generally, ever changed […]

On my way to work: Berlin’s first steps towards nudging

A lot of different terms are used in the rhetoric field of urban planning. One concerns the national difference between the German “Quartiersmanagement” and the Danish “kvarterplan” (both terms are related to, in English, the idea of urban renewal). In spite of the different rhetoric, is there an actual difference? Compared, how do the two […]

The most interesting article of the weekend came from Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: http://www.faz.net/aktuell/feuilleton/debatten/was-passiert-mit-unseren-staedten-stadt-der-untoten-11978640.html The article discusses gentrification processes as, interestingly enough, the zombie apocalypse of our time. Maybe the journalist has a point: “Die neuen Bauprojekte verdrängen nicht einfach nach guter alter Gentrifizierungsart das Einfache und Provisorische durch ein wohlhabendes bürgerliches Leben. Sie zombifizieren die […]

An architecture film with neither sound nor storyboard, only keeping reality as background; the director Heinz Emigholz communicates architectonical spaces in the purest form. Fascinated, though critical, I ask myself the question: is reality actually the best form of architecture communication? “I do documentaries without narratives. In our time we are able to find such […]