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To the end of the line on the M29

If you take a 50 minute bus journey from central London, I’m pretty sure you won’t end up in the forest.  Unless it’s Waltham Forest. Berlin is different.  A few stops after Hermannplatz, the M29 bus stops outside my house, so I decided to take it to the other end of the line and see … Read more

TEDxChange Berlin: The Big Picture

A looming, Berghainian former power station set the perfect scene for one of TEDx’s biggest events to date, as local and international guests and speakers entered awestruck to mutters of that familiar phrase: ‘only in Berlin’. Out back in the blogger lounge, the retro post-industrial vibe continued in a room that could have been a … Read more

Bean there: Coffee Circle’s brewing and tasting workshop

Berlin startup, Coffee Circle, began life in a humble corner of Betahaus.  Two years later, they’re housed in a typically cavernous ex-warehouse office space shared with a handful of similarly youthful businesses. Plenty of room, finally, to host a Gidsy event to share their passion for coffee. This afternoon’s workshop was led by Robert, one … Read more

FutureCityLab

Posted by Natalie in Projects - 27 January 2012 - (0 Comments)
FutureCityLab

An open-source project aiming for sustainable cities by 2050, this loose but dedicated network of professionals and experts focuses on the move towards locally sourced food production, new forms of energy harnessing, and building upon what is already there rather than  knocking down and starting over.  Inspirational stuff. I just joined them at http://ftrctlb.com/   … Read more

TEDx Berlin 2011: High Energy

Posted by Natalie in Events - 21 November 2011 - (1 Comments)
TEDx Berlin 2011: High Energy

An eclectic line-up of apparently unrelated topics came together beautifully today at TEDx Berlin, with themes curving in a topical arc through this thoughtfully curated event. Katherine Lucey, CEO of Solar Sister, ignited our imaginative kindling with a moving account of the power of electricity to change lives in rural Africa.  Her company provides people … Read more

Berlin in Bloom

Posted by Natalie in Photography - 21 March 2011 - (1 Comments)

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

Berlin: a Monument to Optimism

Posted by Natalie in Places - 11 March 2011 - (0 Comments)
Berlin: a Monument to Optimism

In Berlin, former symbols of oppression and paranoia have been transformed into communal green spaces for everyone to enjoy. To have faced up to a recent history as troubled and elaborate as Berlin’s is testament to the resilience of its people. To approach the issue with understanding and even optimism is characteristic of its soul, … 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