by Markus Kather
High-tech seems to be tired of suburban business parks and enters the cities. The urban turn that has been taken by most creative industries now hits the epicentre of the world’s high-tech industry, the Silicon Valley. A closer look at the gradual shift. Continue reading
by Renard Teipelke
Ideal public transit connection, walkability, mixed-use, brownfield redevelopment, green infrastructure, efficient resource systems, inclusion of the historic urban fabric…what sounds like a planner’s wish list for urban redevelopment is actually the description used for two major projects at Washington D.C.’s southwestern and southeastern waterfronts: The Wharf and The Yards. In case both projects are realized as planned, Washington might be able to present the world what is currently advertized as a 21st century waterfront. Continue reading
by Claudia Rojas
Are we helping to create a better neighbourhood or are we dispensable in its development? This is a question that we ask ourselves when analysing city development projects like Nemona.
Nemona is a project that fosters a sustainable partnership between seamstresses and fashion designers in Neukölln, Berlin, and it has already been presented in this blog (see here and here). One year after beginning the project, we thought it would be a good idea to make an analysis of what it has been achieved so far. Therefore, we will offer a series of 3 articles with an overview of the venture. Today, we start presenting an analysis of whether the project has contributed to neighbourhood development in Neukölln (part 1). In the upcoming weeks, we will submit integration stories from the fashion producers (part 2), and stories of the fashion designers (part 3). Continue reading
by Renard Teipelke
In my first article on cultural flagship projects*, I tried to conceptualize the topic. Now, I will connect the flagship idea ‘Western style’ with the Middle Eastern North African (MENA) region. My last article will deal with the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt based on a case study conducted during a field trip this month (tbc due to the currently unstable and tense situation).
by Renard Teipelke
In the next weeks, I will contribute a series of articles on cultural flagship projects to this blog.* Since Kenneth Wardrop and other authors have already written about British and Scottish cities reinventing themselves through branding their cultural/creative potential (UNESCO creative cities articles 1, 2, 3), my first article will rather deal with a conceptualization of this topic (Part I). Then, I will focus on a region which does not often play a prominent role with respect to this blog’s range of topics: the Middle Eastern North African (MENA) region. I will discuss the export of cultural flagship projects from Europe into the MENA region (Part II), with particular focus on the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt (Part III) which I will study on a field trip in February. 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 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:
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
The Reconstruction & Resettlement Council would like to announce the details of the Seminar: Place Branding for Nicosia to be held the 1st-2nd November in Nicosia, Cyprus.
In this seminar we will explore the possibilities and requirements for place branding in Cyprus. The main objective of this seminar is to provide a multi-disciplinary framework for understanding the emerging topic and practice of integrated place branding, how it relates to place identity, and to provide the tools that local Cypriot stakeholders need in order to understand , enhance, and promote place identity within their strategy. Continue reading
RAW in Berlin Friedrichshain
By Ares Kalandides and Caspar Lundsgaard-Hansen
In terms of urban regeneration, Berlin truly is a special city: to this day, the city still boasts comparatively many undeveloped or temporally used areas. Unsurprisingly, the emergence of a large part of these areas can explicitly be ascribed to the division – and the subsequent reunification – of the German capital. One of the more prominent examples for this kind of urban areas is the RAW site in the district of Friedrichshain. Here, it is not only possible to observe the process of inner-city regeneration in Berlin, but also to examine what role the public sector can possibly occupy. Continue reading