Mehrwert – A Colorful Concept Diner against Food Waste

Mehrwert – A Colorful Concept Diner against Food Waste

photos: Tabea Mathern

Let’s start with an incredible and really shocking fact: about 18 million tons of edible food are thrown away every year in Germany. And with the large number of restaurants and supermarket in Berlin, I guess our beloved city is not doing any better. The impact of the food waste on our economy and environment is huge, affecting people’s and animal’s lives all over the planet.

To understand from where waste comes from, how this affects your life and our lives in general, and to get input for changing this horrible food waste the Guerilla Architects, the Entretempo Kitchen Gallery and the visual artist Tabea Mathern decided to created a unique project together.

Right in the middle of Prenzlauer Berg inside a gallery space near Senefelder Platz they started the project Mehrwert, a fast food diner completely made of recycled materials and only serving responsibly sourced food. But this place is not only an artistic pop-up restaurant. The aim is to create awareness and to share opinions and ideas to make our food consumption a bit less harmful for our world and our future. This happened for instance during several workshops and events during the last weeks.

If you want to check out this place, it’s open during the week from 10h to 16h and sometimes for special dinner events on the weekend (such as this Sunday). The closing party is going to take place on March 18th 2017.

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The Government District of Berlin

The Government District of Berlin

Located on the bend of the River Spree, right in the middle of the heart of Berlin lies the Regierungsviertel, or Government District. Welcoming not only the Reichstag, the building complex consists of three parts: the Bundestag office, the Marie Elisabeth Lüders House and the Paul Löbe House, with the Federal Chancellery as the most striking building of the “Band des Bundes“(literally, the Band of the Federation), a metallic ribbon which was specifically conceptualize to cover and unify the former east and west sides of the city, in a true symbolic gesture that stands for democracy. Read on…

Berlin’s Lost Places: Blub

Berlin’s Lost Places: Blub

Sad news for urban explorers of Berlin. One of the most beloved abandoned places of the city has vanished. In the night of July 22nd 2016 the former public swimming pool and water park Blub in Neukölln burned down. The place was a popular spot for explorers, photographers and Instagrammers alike for years now, especially since it was one of the more easier ones to get into. Many abandoned places are heavily sealed off, or guarded by righteous neighbors or even security. But here you could basically just stroll in through an open fence.

I went there last year with a friend who is a born and raised Berliner and he still remembers going there to have some fun in the water as a kid. He was shocked to see the place abandoned, so vandalized and full of graffiti. Of course places that are so easily accessible also attract all kinds of shady people that want to let out some steam. There had been several fires over the past year, but the last one took down the main wooden constructions and tower which makes the place completely inaccessible and unsafe. It’s probably going to be torn down entirely soon now and new buildings are already planned to be constructed in its place. Such a shame, not just that this fun water park had to shut down business many years ago, but also that this amazing ruin is also vanishing now. Of course with the development of Berlin there is a lack of space, so all of our beloved abandoned places are endangered to but torn down for new constructions. Let’s hope we can keep a few of them as our urban playgrounds.

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Stacked Berlin – The Hidden Beauty of the Plattenbau

Stacked Berlin – The Hidden Beauty of the Plattenbau

photos: Malte Brandenburg

What to do when you miss your hometown? Right – you just take it with you, piece by piece!

I always liked Berlin’s post-war buildings, the so-called “Plattenbau”. I spent my fair share in and around them as a kid when playing with my friends who lived there. I think they are a very interesting part of Berlin – they hold a lot of history, the foundation of what makes Berlin a very special place. And I am happy to see that the city is able to re-create itself, that these buildings might be ugly, but people have started to like them again.

With my photo series “Stacked” I simply wanted to be able to see these buildings next to each other, see how similar they are and how nice they look on a bright and sunny day. And by isolating them, I wanted to touch upon this particular concept of urban life, vertical density instead of horizontal density, and how society around these buildings evolves.

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The Awesome Berlin Illustrations by Martin Schwartz

The Awesome Berlin Illustrations by Martin Schwartz

illustrations: Martin Schwartz

Today we want to present to you a new set of wonderful Berlin illustrations that we discovered. They come from the talented Danish graphic designer and illustrator Martin Schwartz, who specializes in architecture, animals and maps. We love his clean and vivid style, and his city portfolio is just amazing! For Berlin he created collages with the most significant and beautiful buildings, which give a wonderful impression of the city. We love his district pieces of Prenzlauer Berg, Kreuzberg, Friedrichshain and Charlottenburg because they beautifully highlight the landmark architecture of these areas, and mix them with more ordinary buildings that we might otherwise overlook but that still shape the image of the district.

In his portfolio you will also find other cities such as New York, his base Copenhagen and Aarhus. You can get prints of his awesome city and animal illustrations over at Junique. The Berlin pieces after the jump.

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Vanished Architecture of Berlin

Vanished Architecture of Berlin

We love Berlin for its multicultural feeling and the endless freedom – everyone can be and look just as they like to. But not only the people, who live in Berlin make up an interesting mix. The Berlin architecture has its own language and tells a lot about Berlin’s past, history, and constant change. Yes, there is still a wild clash of different architectural styles, which attract lots of visitors. But there are also a lot of buildings that have become victims of the passing time and inevitable changes.

Some left quietly without anyone hardly noticing and others left with lots of protests and a loud bang. Either way, the second world war, the cold war, and the GDR left their marks on our beautiful skyline and within the different areas of Berlin. Inspired by the book “Abgerissen!” by Arnt Cobbers we want to take a look back at some of Berlin’s architecture that we lost along the way…

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The Architectural Side of Berlin

The Architectural Side of Berlin

photos: Sebastian Murrer

Berlin is an oasis of opportunities to enjoy beautiful and exciting places. But it offers even more – our city has a lot of architectural highlights, or let’s say a very interesting mix. The buildings are colorful, modern, old, morbid, crazy and totally worth seeing! We’ve looked closer at the work of the Berlin-based photographer Sebastian Murrer who has a huge collection of architectural photos of buildings in Berlin that we might not have really paid much attention before.

See some of his photographs of – in our opinion – the most interesting pieces of architecture in Berlin – after the jump.

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Berlin’s Architecture Illustrated

Berlin’s Architecture Illustrated

illustrations: Daniel Ramirez Perez

Berlin’s cityscape isn’t as flashy as some other metropoles boasting a single iconic landmark like Lady Liberty for New York City, the Eiffel Tower for Paris or the Twin Tower for Kuala Lumpur. Instead, Berlin rather gets you with its edgy, yet historic, character that is present and clearly visible everywhere in the city. From the graffitied streets of Kreuzberg to the tall Fernsehturm that you can see from pretty much wherever you are – I’m sure you will agree that this indeed is a very diverse city. It’s difficult to sum up Berlin in words, that’s why we’re glad to have illustrator Daniel Ramirez Perez capture our charming and wonderfully weird Berlin in his colorful architectural illustrations. Have a look for yourself after the jump. Read on…

CARchitecture – Classic Car Design meets Berlin Architecture

CARchitecture – Classic Car Design meets Berlin Architecture

If you’ve been around town today and spotted a transparent truck driving in the streets that was carrying a slick blue sports car you haven’t been dreaming! You most certainly came by the mobile showroom of the new Ford GT that is passing through Berlin today and tomorrow (August 25 and 26, 2015) hitting the most popular spots of the city including Alex, Potsdamer Platz, Ku’damm, Gendarmenmarkt, the Victory Column and many more.

As a little tribute to this impressive new car I created a set of 3 new architectural collages in the style of my previous Kreuzberg collages that melt the aesthetic of the Ford GT with some iconic landmarks and contemporary architecture of Berlin. Enjoy this new series and get more info about the car and its tour through Berlin in the glass truck after the jump.

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Kurz vor Gestern by Philipp Pusch

Kurz vor Gestern by Philipp Pusch

photos: Philipp Pusch

Last year young photographer Philipp Pusch made a big wave with his Berghain portrait series fertig. Now he has a new project coming up that we want to introduce you to. With his series kurz vor gestern he captures scenes of urbanity in melancholic and mysterious black and white photos. The combination of the human body with geometric forms of human-made objects and structures is one of the most prominent qualities of his photos.

He has now compiled the best work into a photobook of the same title, that is being released this Friday at Gordon in Neukölln. You can get a preview below and follow the series on his tumblr.

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