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 ]

Before Dawn: Removal of Berlin Wall Section Resumed

Before Dawn: Removal of Berlin Wall Section Resumed

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 27, 2013

The project was put on hold after thousands showed up in protest, but early Wednesday morning developers resumed their removal of a section of the longest remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall to make way for luxury housing. more... Comment ]

Missed Opportunities: Berlin's Architectural Wasteland

Missed Opportunities: Berlin's Architectural Wasteland

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 22, 2013

Klaus Wowereit, Berlin's mayor since 2001, has watched his city become one of world's coolest artistic meccas. But under his guidance, the city has devolved into a backward-looking architectural wasteland in which urban planning only favors the rich. By Georg Diez more... Comment ]