As a sort of a follow up to Ares Kalandides’ article “The Killer Argument: “You’re a bloody Gentrifier!” posted last Friday, I would like you to consider the following scenario:
1) You are wearing a woolen hat (even though it is summer and nobody knows why).
2) You are listening to mainstream electro music through your ‘over-the-top’ headphones.
3) You are wearing large, anti-glare sunglasses.
4) You are carrying a shoulder bag made out of old tarps. And its most important content is your Macbook.
5) You brought your iPhone (so you can Tweet every 10 minutes).
6) You are drinking a Chai Latte to go (with soy milk).
7) You are walking around in cool sneakers (that are made only in the U.S.A.).
If one or all of these things apply to you, you may in fact be a Kiez Killer or a “killer of the neighborhood”. At least this is what one local artist in the Berlin neighborhood of Neukölln thinks. Continue reading
by Ares Kalandides
“How do you feel as a gentrifier?” I was recently asked by a journalist. I initially thought she was referring to the fact that I live in one of the most gentrified areas in Berlin, Prenzlauer Berg. I was about to stammer something along the lines of: “I’ve been there before” or “I do not have enough money to be called a real gentrifier” etc. , but then she interjected. “I mean your Neukölln project”. Now this took me by surprise. The project I am working on in Neukölln (see past blog entries on NEMONA here and here), is about bringing young fashion designers and immigrant tailors/seamstresses together in a Berlin neighbourhood (Neukölln), with extremely low social indicators (poverty, unemployment, education etc.). Continue reading
by Brendan Colgan
I am sure you are all aware of the smartphone revolution. Smartphones have increasing impact on our day to day lives. Meaningful human communication and interaction depends primarily on language, both spoken and written. Any phone (more or less) can do this. Yet with “Apps” smartphones go further and have become a means by which we negotiate and manage our everyday lives. They affect how we navigate, discover, eat, communicate, relate, interact. They have become an intermediary between consumers and producer, locals and tourists. It is perhaps no surprise then that so many cities are embracing such a technology. Continue reading
By Renard Teipelke
Last Thursday, November 17, 2011, gentrification and urban politics experts Andrej Holm and Wolf Wetzel gave a lecture at Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main. The lecture was titled “Squatting is worthwhile – staying, too” and combined the two authors’ research on German cities’ squatting history* and the current development in Berlin as well as Frankfurt. Here is what I got out of their lecture:
by Brendan Colgan
Davis, California is located 18 km (11 mi) west of Sacramento, and 113 km (72 mi) northeast of San Francisco. I must admit prior to traveling there, I didn’t know much about it beyond the fact that it is particularly well-known for its liberal political agenda and it is home to the University of California, Davis (UCD) campus-which has one of the best agriculture, veterinary/animal husbandry, and biology departments in the world (if you want to become a California vintner, study at UCD). Having been invited to come visit for quite some time, I finally decided last year to take a trip out there to visit a good friend of mine and to help out at his family’s water purification business H2O to Go – (Davis tap water is very hard and metallic-tasting. The only treatment administered by the city is the addition of sodium hypochlorite (chlorine) and it is not optimally fluoridated). Though I was only there for 5 days, I was able to experience some of the things that make Davis a unique, peculiar, and progressive place. Here are just a few:
A photo from Brand USA, Inc website
By Efe Sevin
Last week, we had a short discussion about a new branding initiative, Brand USA, Inc, on Place Management & Branding’s Facebook page. I just wanted to write a short post about my take of this project. By coincidence, I, together with a colleague from Howard University, decided to drive to Louisiana from Washington, DC. to attend National Communication Association’s Annual Conference. On our way to New Orleans, we had the opportunity to observe how “Yes We Can!” and “Change” bumper stickers were replaced by humongous crosses and “We do not deliver ‘aids’ to our enemies” slogans. Let me shortly reflect on Brand USA and my interaction with my observation of ‘diverse’ America.
by Valentin Schipfer
So you’ve never heard of Graz, the capital of the Austrian state of Styria? Well, it’s time to drop you a line. Besides its specialization in research and development ( 1/3 of all high-tech-innovation in Austria originates from here–) Graz has been raising an increased awareness of creative economies since 2003. Therefore, on March 14th 2011 Graz became one of UNESCO’s Creative City of Design.
by Brendan Colgan
As a both a life-long fan and a musician, I have always admired how music allows us to seemingly transcend physical boundaries (no drugs required, I promise). I’ve gone Walking in Memphis, danced with Mrs. Hippo in Paris, and Left My Heart in San Francisco all in the impulses of one evening. You can internalize the music, the lyrics, and in a way, they become your own – even though they are written by others. Music triggers emotional associations- even with a place. Continue reading
The former Berliner Kindl brewery in Berlin-Neukölln
By Valentin Schipfer and Caspar Lundsgaard-Hansen
Probably the Berliner Kindl would have been proud to see what is going on at its place of birth nowadays – whether sober or tipsy. In these days the Vollgut GmbH and zuHause e.V. are preparing to carry out a responsible task in Berlin-Neukölln’s former Kindl Brewery: Until 2025, they plan to develop the district’s central facility for culture and creativity with supra-regional charisma in the part of Berlin with the highest density of residents with a migration background. Continue reading
Last week we introduced this first article in a new series of articles about UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network to appear here on the Place Management and Branding blog. We began with the first part of Kenneth Wardrop’s two part article in which he explored Edingburgh as Scotland’s City of Literature. We continue this week with part two of Kenneth Wardrop’s article about Scotland in which he explores Glasgow as a Creative City of Music. Continue reading