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Flensi #bier #berlin #craft #white (Taken with Instagram)

Flensi #bier #berlin #craft #white (Taken with Instagram)

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Kongresshalle (Haus der Kulturen der Welt)

Despite having lived here for almost two years, I made my first visit to this building only a couple of weeks ago with some friends as part of our first “Cycle the Bär” trip (Mitte edition) (more on that later(possibly)).

The swoop of the roof is indeed magnificent, a powerful display of the potential of concrete, and some of the detailing and mixing of textures is sublime. The main gallery space on the ground floor has just enough light and space to stop the ’80s, UK university department material pallete from becoming suffocating, and is indeed quite charming in places.

As luck would have it, whilst we were wandering around the terrasse pondering the use of the lightwells as dancing podiums for one of the nearby-housed-government’s notoriously debauched shindigs, we were treated to the sounds of the fourth largest glockenspiel IN THE WORLD, at the nearby Canillon. Apprently this space is also a very handy homeless shelter in the winter, should you ever find yourself in that position.

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Kikiriki! (Taken with instagram)

Kikiriki! (Taken with instagram)

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I Love Sexy German Berlin

I Love Sexy German Berlin

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Avoriaz, the “Saint Tropez de Neige”

Developed in the ’60s by Gerard Bremont with three young French architects clearly inspired by Le Corbusier and perched above a cliff face on the French/Swiss border.

An architectural playground in the mountains - an Extreme Landscape with an Urban Extremescape, if you will. No cars: vehicular access only by skidoo, caterpillar track or horse&cart. Stunning, surprising, exciting.

An angular meditation in red cedar.

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unlikecityguides:

The third annual Berlin Bike Show wheels up this weekend to show off both cutting-edge and classic bicycle designs, accessories and innovations.  A great place for industry networkers and anyone who loves cycling, this event is an increasingly popular occasion and perfect complement to Berlin’s burgeoning bike culture.   

unlikecityguides:

The third annual Berlin Bike Show wheels up this weekend to show off both cutting-edge and classic bicycle designs, accessories and innovations.  A great place for industry networkers and anyone who loves cycling, this event is an increasingly popular occasion and perfect complement to Berlin’s burgeoning bike culture.   

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streetart on a Späti window
joining the dots in my new neighbourhood, came across this remnant of a street art festival from August 2011.
http://spaetkaufkunstaktion.net/

streetart on a Späti window

joining the dots in my new neighbourhood, came across this remnant of a street art festival from August 2011.

http://spaetkaufkunstaktion.net/


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I wanted to share this wonderful short film on the theme of “the city at work” by Ross Brown, Alastair Cassell, Peter Cassidy and Chao Nie of Glasgow’s Strathclyde University, completed for the Department of Architecture’s Experimental Media class and found on the departmental tumblrlog

I love the eerie atmosphere created by the complete lack of human prescence, the city an automaton continuing to function, but for what purpose? Who keeps trying to call? Who are they trying to reach? Why do they keep persisting, despite nobody ever picking up? Every shot is beautifully framed and patiently composed - stunning work guys.

(As an aside I also took this class 2 years ago, however the two pieces I helped create, while certainly creative, had none of the finesse of this.)


(Source: youtube.com)

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70s mass housing at Kottbusser Tor, last week.

70s mass housing at Kottbusser Tor, last week.

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Neues Jahr, Neuer Kiez…

Baaack. 

It’s been a long time since I posted anything, but I have to stress it’s had nothing to do with lack of inspiration. Perhaps it’s more due to the fact I’ve moved house twice, changed jobs twice and just generally inflicted a great deal of personal upheaval upon myself. Or maybe I’m just a lazy bum. Probably the latter.

Anyway, I now find myself more settled and excited to explore my new surroundings. Starting with…my new front garden (normally it’s a bit wetter). Transformed by the weather into a Schlittschuhläufer’s paradise.  In amongst the freezing weather/broken limbs from falling off your bike/darkness induced depression, I love that winter also brings a totally new aspect to parts of the city, giving opportunities for unexpected and unplanned joy. Provided you are appropriately dressed, natürlich.

Taped-up tins of tuna (two different colours of tape, obviously) form the basis for an impromptu game of curling. Why not?

Winter is also the time of one of my favourite scenes: kids who don’t walk anywhere for Months, instead getting their parents to ferry them everywhere on these nifty wee toboggans. Alas, it’s only a few days later and already the canal is thawing, the streets cleared of snow and those poor children with only a couple of weeks of toboggan-taxi under their belts. Schade.