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Spiderweb-Playpark in Köpenick

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Building crumbled (or been bombed) out of existence? 

Unsightly Brandmauer you’re not sure how to enliven?

Struggling to combine safe play areas for children with a commercial parking strategy?

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Why not string a giant spider’s web between two buildings and bring a bit of excitement into your Altstadt. Fantastic use of space. Love the excitement factor.

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Chances of getting it but in a historic town centre in the UK? I wouldn’t hold my breath… #sometimesgermanplannersgetitright

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Have temporarily left the Hauptstadt for a roadtrip in the Scottish Highlands, however hoping to get back early enough on Sunday for this festival. There should be some great art on show, hopefully learn some new skills (and perhaps print up a new Beutel) and the location itself is amazing.

Looking forward to being back in Berlin and posting again soon.

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German Humour

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Of course: who didn’t watch Titanic and, as the people were being tipped to their doom, think to themself “Now THAT would make a cool slide!”?

Germany: because why call them “nipples” when you can call them “breast-warts”.

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By way of introduction, that’s me, just having a peer inside one of the slightly worse for wear dinosaurs at Spreepark. You might recognise from the last 45minutes of this. 


And that’s my bike, at Park am Nordbahhof. Admiring the play between crisp, angular concrete and aluminium, and wild planting, threatening to take over. (and blobby asphalt too, but honestly, mostly it’s lovely smooth concrete.)Maybe more on that later, it’s a fine wee urban park.

But this is all rather too lovely, time for some urban grit I guess.

Woargh. Gritty.

Anyway, no real point to this post, I just wanted to play around with the formatting and give you a little taster of what’s in store. Thanks to @laurakane for letting me use her photo - she takes cracking shots. When I have something interesting to say I’ll let you know.

By way of introduction, that’s me, just having a peer inside one of the slightly worse for wear dinosaurs at Spreepark. You might recognise from the last 45minutes of this

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And that’s my bike, at Park am Nordbahhof. Admiring the play between crisp, angular concrete and aluminium, and wild planting, threatening to take over. (and blobby asphalt too, but honestly, mostly it’s lovely smooth concrete.)Maybe more on that later, it’s a fine wee urban park.

But this is all rather too lovely, time for some urban grit I guess.

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Woargh. Gritty.

Anyway, no real point to this post, I just wanted to play around with the formatting and give you a little taster of what’s in store. Thanks to @laurakane for letting me use her photo - she takes cracking shots. When I have something interesting to say I’ll let you know.

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Grüß dich…

The Stadt I Am In is the latest in a long line of blogs about life in Berlin, focusing on architecture, music and art. But I guess you already read that in the title, didn’t you.

I work as a freelance Architectural Designer here (and yes, I do actually work!), but when I’m not working I get out on my bike and discover. Finished up my post-grad in Glasgow a year ago and moved straight over, already in love with this city and excited to become more than a casual acquaintance with her. In that time I’ve constantly thought about starting a blog, had experiences I wanted to share but no idea how to document them. Well, this is it.

I hope to share my enthusiasm and inspire conversation. Or at least the odd comment. I hope that in and of itself this blog leads to new meetings and new situations. And I hope to practice my English again, because too much German making me structure my sentences in a funny way is.

I’ll post comment on buildings I like. Pass judgement on buildings I think are awful. Keep you updated on the amazing mannequins in the shop window downstairs, with the paper cut-out faces of Princess Diana and the Queen. All with photos - lots of lovely photos, sadly mostly shoddily taken.

Finally, join in. Send me a message, or a comment. Tell me to stop wittering on. It’s scary enough talking into the void, I’m hoping the void will occasionally talk back.

Colin