Posts Tagged 'Tiergarten'

Urban farming: Li Edelkoort was late


After Naomi Klein’s “No logo”, are we heading for a “No guru” era?

Since the 90s we’ve been reading more and more about these so-called “cool-hunters” or “trend-gurus”. Those who stitch up trend books and if we buy a lime-green pullover next week it is because 3 years ago they found out that lime evocates purity and freshness and we would crave that at some point in the distant future.

On the Elle Decoration – and other magazines I browsed through in the trains and planes of the last few days – the trend-guru Edelkoort goes about saying that now people want countryside in the cities. Crise oblige.

I’m sorry but this has always been the case in “provincial and poor Berlin”. Berliners understood ages ago how important is to have real countryside in town.

As the italian writer Alessandra Montrucchio wrote nicely in her book “Berlin”, especially West Berlin after WWII had to recreate within the boundaries of the encircled town the seaside, the woods, the countryside, even the “mountains”.


Now countryside in town seem to be the must-have for milanese penthouses, Primrose Hill windowboxes, Chelsea faux-accessible squares. For Berliners, it’s the reality in many Kiez. It is not the ultimate expression of elitism, only for the few,  but the democratic accessible green shore of the Spree in the Regierungsviertel, the summer Tiergarten grill or the tai-chi lesson in the Volkspark across the street.


So, Li Edelkoort was late.

Berlin, trend-resistant, is above trends.  It literally bathes in sound, Birkenstock-sturdy common sense…

on this topic also check Metapolis

photos: StripedCat


Mitte? Nein, Danke

Well, there’s no empirical evidence. Not much research either. We have absolutely nothing against old Mitte.

It’s full of history and icons, ancien and glitzy architecture. But it’s not our idea of Kiez. It’s overwhelming. It does not fit our very personal Ideal Neighbourhood List of Criteria, ie the Kiez ideal either for living (ie renting) or for spending a few days (B&B or FeWo).

Of course we like adjacent areas, like Moabit, Hansaviertel, Tiergarten… But the pure Mitte, ie the SuperCentre, it’s a bit too central to be called a city village. From Brandenburger Tor to Alexander Platz, there’s simply too much.

There is plenty of info out there if you are a Mitte supporter. An ocean of information. For instance, Viaggi del Sole 24 Ore just published a Berlin guide with plenty of good reasons to buy in Mitte, supported by enthousiastic real estate agents interviews…

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