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Baroque Berlin & Brandenburg: Schloss Charlottenburg & Schloss Sanssouci

When one thinks of baroque landscape architecture, one thinks of the castle gardens of Versailles, and of the prominent French landscape architect Andre Le Notre. As I learned last week, the greater Berlin area has two fine examples of the … Continue reading

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Bike Berlin

As soon as I got here, I went looking for a cheap, decent, second-hand bike. I use my bike to get around New York (in addition to the occasional subway ride), and prior to that, I cycled everywhere when I … Continue reading

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Dutch investor develops neighborhood along the Spree

Where we are busy making concepts for the development of our site, development has already occurred on a site that’s located just to the south of our study area: the Rummelsburger Bucht, an area around an inlet. Some of us … Continue reading

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English Garden Landscape Design: the case of the Wörlitzer Park

Last thursday, we visited Dessau (which is located just beyond Berlin’s commuter belt). Amongst other things, we visited one of the finer English gardens of Europe: the Wörlitzer Park. The English poet and essayist Alexander Pope (1688-1744) had a significant … Continue reading

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Reinventing Port Cities: the case of Hamburg

Last week, we made a trip to Hamburg. Local city planners and architects gave us an extensive update on the status of city building in Hamburg. Across Northwestern Europe, port cities are reinventing themselves. As the requirements of the shipping … Continue reading

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Potsdamer Platz: urban open space in the 21st century

This time around, I’ll focus on a public space that has sparked an intense debate amongst urban planners and architects alike: Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz. Before World War two, Potsdamer Platz was one of the busiest crossings in Europe. With traffic … Continue reading

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First Report: Berlin Mitte

Welcome Urbanists. I made this blog to document my observations and experiences during the 2010 Summer Academy “Architecture | Reurbanization | Sustainability ” at the Beuth Hochschule Fur Technik in Berlin. I participated in this program as an exchange student … Continue reading

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