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The Wall is Not Flat: deconstructing the East Side Gallery debate

It all started with a picture. A bright white building soaring countless storeys from the drab riverside below, its sides aglow like a spacecraft coming into land. The hypnotic structure, with its inexplicable incandescence set in stark contrast to the darkness of the surrounding city, was nothing if not daring. At this stage, it’s only … Read more

A Tale of Two Cities: urban development strategies in Detroit, Michigan & Naples, Italy

Detroit, Michigan and Naples, Italy are two very different cities with diverse challenges in urban regeneration. Yet remarkable parallels can be drawn between their development strategies – and what’s more, they seem to be working. At first glance, the cities of Detroit, Michigan and Naples, Italy could not seem more different. The former, a chilly … Read more

Six ways to make the best of working from home

When applied to the world of travel, the term ‘remote’ evokes feelings of a pristine, idyllic location: difficult to access but always worth the effort. When it comes to work, however, the same word starts to mean something very different and far less attractive. For more and more people, a reliable internet connection is all … Read more

Corrupting a Nation

Posted by Natalie in Society - 29 February 2012 - (2 Comments)
Corrupting a Nation

Or why the NHS bill will make us all poorer in every way At 27 I didn’t consider myself innocent. Then I left the UK and moved to Germany, and lost something that up until that point I didn’t even know I had. From birth, unquestioning access to free healthcare had instilled in me a … Read more

Piston Embarrassing

Posted by Natalie in Society - 16 March 2011 - (1 Comments)
Piston Embarrassing

Trainspotting is the epitome of uncool, but what’s wrong with a healthy appreciation for mundanity? Crossing Warschauer Bridge last night I was struck by a captivating sight – a shiny ICE train backing into its parking space. What’s more, it was being reversed by an old shunter!  The juxtaposition of that chic, modern machine among … Read more

International Women’s Day

Posted by Natalie in Society - 8 March 2011 - (0 Comments)
International Women’s Day

Unnatural Woman The notion of Mother Nature lulls us into a false sense of security,  where we can behave less responsibly than in other areas of our lives. The idea of a link between women and nature goes back a long way, and probably predates that sneaky biblical implication of fruit-robbing feminine guilt. These days, … Read more

Gentrification

Posted by Natalie in Society - 28 January 2011 - (1 Comments)
Gentrification

Does gentrification always mean ‘generification’? Gentrification is an emotive issue in Berlin, but what does it actually mean, and can it be stopped? Celebrations of unity could still be heard echoing in the streets of Prenzlauer Berg when the first wave of migration occurred. Lured by the affordable living spaces prevalent in the former East … Read more