Social Design Made In Turkey: Feeding Istanbul's Stray Dogs, a Bottle at a Time

Social Design Made In Turkey: Feeding Istanbul's Stray Dogs, a Bottle at a Time

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 20, 2014

The city of Istanbul is home to a special invention that is the manifestation of social design. A special vending machine dispenses food for stray dogs when people insert recyclable bottles and cans. Interview Conducted By Vivien Timmler more...

Resurrecting Königsberg: Russian City Looks to German Roots

Resurrecting Königsberg: Russian City Looks to German Roots

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 25, 2014

The Allies bombed the Prussian city of Königsberg into the ground in 1944. Residents of what is today the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, a desolate Soviet landscape, are considering rebuilding the city center to reflect some of its historical German architecture. By Susanne Beyer in Kaliningrad, Russia more... Comment ]

Bach to the Future: Fans Want to Rebuild Composer's House

Bach to the Future: Fans Want to Rebuild Composer's House

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 03, 2014

In the city of Goethe and Schiller, classical music fans want another famous former resident to be honored in Weimar. They're seeking to rebuild the home of Johann Sebastian Bach, who composed some of his most important works in the city. By Karoline Kuhla more... Comment ]

Jailhouse Chic: Investors Remake Germany's Disused Prisons

Jailhouse Chic: Investors Remake Germany's Disused Prisons

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 03, 2013

As inmate numbers in Germany steadily decline, some states are selling off unneeded correctional facilities to private investors. The result is a new brand of high-end apartments, hotels and event centers housed in renovated former prisons. By Stephan Degenhardt more... Comment ]

From Apple to Amazon: The New Monuments to Digital Domination

From Apple to Amazon: The New Monuments to Digital Domination

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 29, 2013

Technology giants in the United States are building bombastic new headquarters to immortalize their grandiose ambitions, while inside they plan to turn traditional office culture on its head. By Thomas Schulz in San Francisco more... Comment ]

Macedonian Makeover: Europe's Flailing Capital of Kitsch

Macedonian Makeover: Europe's Flailing Capital of Kitsch

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 12, 2013

The Macedonian government has spent huge sums turning its capital, Skopje, into a neo-baroque architectural nightmare. The project's gaudy excesses camouflage a disastrous economy and troubling record on human rights. By Till Mayer more... Comment ]

ECB Headquarters: Skyrocketing Costs for Skyscraper Project

ECB Headquarters: Skyrocketing Costs for Skyscraper Project

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 28, 2013

Estimated costs for the European Central Bank's new headquarters in Frankfurt have more than doubled. As has been happening with so many major projects in Germany, its construction has been plagued by poor planning, oversight and execution -- and endless delays. By Andreas Wassermann more... Comment ]

Sitting Pretty: Austrian Bus Stops Get High-Design Makeover

Sitting Pretty: Austrian Bus Stops Get High-Design Makeover

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 15, 2013

A tiny Austrian village has put itself on the design map by commissioning international architects to create local bus stops. The sophisticated structures are proving popular with locals. more... Comment ]

Depot Domiciles: Train Stations Become Hip German Homes

Depot Domiciles: Train Stations Become Hip German Homes

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 10, 2013

Converting old train stations into living spaces is all the rage in Germany. They're charming and, often, affordable -- but making these buildings livable can be more difficult than people anticipate. By Michael Kröger more... Comment ]

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Germany's Architectural Atrocities

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Germany's Architectural Atrocities

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 23, 2013

Germany is famous for its architectural transgressions. But according to a historian who has compiled a photo collection celebrating the country's ugliest edifices, it's time we learn to embrace them. By Kristin Haug more... Comment ]