I always thought the Mauerpark was kinda gross, but I've slowly come around to it. If you don't mind clumpy grass mixed with a healthy dose of cigarette smoke and graffiti, I feel confident you will see the charm of the Mauerpark in time.
Bilbao effect - good, bad, or just ugly? A presentation and round-table discussion by Bruce Kuwabara & Thomas Auer at the Guggenheim Lab - a temporary lecture space set up in Berlin's Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood.
You know when people say things like 'I am no expert in blah-blah-blah' and then continue to give their opinions anyways? Well, I am no expert in architecture, but in my opinion, these are the contemporary architectural highlights that are not to be missed.
We managed to view a few apartments (bleh) but so far no luck with finding something semi-permanent. I thought that we were going to get an apartment in Prenzlauer Berg (for a month) and it was really nice and everything seemed to be going well until: (cue rage) the person decided she wanted to charge 'extra' for having a couple instead of just one person.
If you are in Berlin and it is hot, I recommend you make your way to the train and head'er straight to the lake. There are many lakes around Berlin, but Schlachtensee is said to be the cleanest and most scenic. We didn't need to be told twice on a hot May holiday: we packed up our towels, sunscreen, and snacks and headed west on the S1.
I have been told in the past that my ideas are not developed enough, a bit on the boring side, and look like someone's grandmother's house... but this is the first time I've been told my ideas are undemocratic. Ah well. variety is the spice of life.
In Copenhagen you can count on civil servants speaking English, but that comes along with a hefty service fee. In Berlin they can't or won't speak anything but the most opaque bureaucratic German but at least it only costs 30 euro.
Did you know there is an e-how on how to get a job as an architect? I bookmarked it along with 'how to change the RAM in Apple iBook G4' a while ago. If only it were as easy as finding a hex screwdriver in Denmark.