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 ]

Made in China: The Green Futurism of Architect Ma Yansong

Made in China: The Green Futurism of Architect Ma Yansong

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 22, 2013

Chinese architect Ma Yansong has taken the West by storm with his organic, futuristic creations. With proposals to cover Tiananmen Square in thick forest and build a floating city over Ground Zero, no one can accuse him of playing it safe. By Kevin Holden Platt in Beijing more... Comment ]

Container Park Craze: Hipsters Create Oases in Urban Wastelands

Container Park Craze: Hipsters Create Oases in Urban Wastelands

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 13, 2013

Welcome to "Frau Gerold's Garden," a leafy urban oasis in Zurich made out of shipping containers. Such temporary hipstervilles, which combine trendy shops with food, music and urban gardening, are popping up all over the world -- but also priming the areas for development and gentrification. By Antje Blinda more... Comment ]

Stairway to Hell: A Spanish Skyscraper's Elevator Disaster

Stairway to Hell: A Spanish Skyscraper's Elevator Disaster

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 12, 2013

The 47-story luxury In Tempo tower in Benidorm, Spain was hyped as the tallest residential building in the European Union. Now a series of construction snafus -- including an inadequate elevator shaft -- have turned it into a national embarrassment. By Frank Patalong more... Comment ]

On Shaky Ground: A German Architect Remakes Saudi Arabia

On Shaky Ground: A German Architect Remakes Saudi Arabia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 09, 2013

Eckhard Gerber is a socially progressive, successful architect with a passion for democracy. So why is he building prestige projects -- including a new National Library -- in a repressive place like Saudi Arabia? By Susanne Beyer more... Comment ]

Starchitect Trio: The Men Behind Germany's Building Debacles

Starchitect Trio: The Men Behind Germany's Building Debacles

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 14, 2013

Stuttgart's train station, Hamburg's concert house and Berlin's airport: Three projects in Germany are currently competing to be seen as the country's most disastrous. SPIEGEL spoke to the star architects behind the construction sites. more... Comment ]

The Next Disaster? Berlin Lays Cornerstone of Troubled Palace

The Next Disaster? Berlin Lays Cornerstone of Troubled Palace

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 12, 2013

The cornerstone was laid on Wednesday on the reconstruction of the Berlin palace that was once home to Prussian rulers. The need for such a structure is debatable, and funding looks shaky. It could become yet another addition to Germany's collection of cursed construction projects. more... Comment ]

Gambling on Prora: Luxury Flats Planned for Derelict Nazi Resort

Gambling on Prora: Luxury Flats Planned for Derelict Nazi Resort

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 24, 2013

The former Nazi vacation complex on the Baltic Sea island of Rügen has been largely derelict for years. But a Berlin investor wants to change that. His dream? Luxury apartments where Hitler's followers once frolicked. By Andreas Wassermann more... Comment ]

Urban Class Warfare: Are Cities Built for the Rich?

Urban Class Warfare: Are Cities Built for the Rich?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 21, 2013

Today's class struggles are increasingly taking place in cities, says Marxist and social theorist David Harvey. In an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE, he discusses how urbanization will play a key role in social conflicts to come. more... Comment ]

The Spirit of Messi: Architect Brings the Short Pass to the ECB

The Spirit of Messi: Architect Brings the Short Pass to the ECB

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 18, 2013

Wolf D. Prix, the Austrian architect behind the new headquarters for the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, says everything is connected. Even the ECB and Spanish football team FC Barcelona. more... Comment ]