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Space Invaders or rebels armed with Lego bricks and knitting needles
Space Invaders or rebels armed with Lego bricks and knitting needles
by Silke Gehrmann-Becker | 23 August 2011

This need to make a personal mark in public space is nothing new. But the means of intervening in buildings, public transport and green spaces are forever changing. Today it is not uncommon to stumble across Lego bricks, knitting and engraved padlocks, for example.

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+++ NEWSTICKER #197 | 2011 +++
+++ NEWSTICKER #197 | 2011 +++
23 August 2011

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I always fight for my ideas
I always fight for my ideas
21 August 2011

A hotel is always a major investment. All the more important, then, for it to have the right concept. Over the past few years interior designer Yasmine Mahmoudieh has made a name for herself, and not only with "Haus Rheinsberg". Nina Reetzke met up with Yasmine Mahmoudieh for an interview.

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What will happen to the new Parisian market halls?
What will happen to the new Parisian market halls?
by Marcel Krenz | 20 August 2011

Living cities are constantly reinventing themselves. In Paris, this is especially apparent if one looks at the “Les Halles” district. The next wave of conversion and modernization is expected in the not-too-distant future. And this does not alter the dilemma of urban planning decreed from above.

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Angel’s trumpet at red
Angel’s trumpet at red
by Nancy Jehmlich | 18 August 2011

The six architecture offices taking part in the current ‘Lights Change’ display at the Vitra Showroom in Frankfurt immediately agreed that “we want a joint project and we want to use the entire showroom.” Such team spirit is compelling.

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A lot of life in one person
A lot of life in one person
by Thomas Edelmann | 16 August 2011

He is without doubt one of the best-known Frankfurt architects and the German Architecture Museum is rightly devoting a major retrospective to his oeuvre. For Frankfurt, Ernst developed the concept of "The New Frankfurt", which should to this day prompt discussion, for example as regards overcoming bureaucratic hurdles.

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The wall and its new extravagance
The wall and its new extravagance
by Thomas Wagner | 13 August 2011

With their “Boudoir” tile series, Villeroy & Boch are offering not only elegant wall tiles, but also a truly captivating design concept.

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Systematic living
Systematic living
by Sandra Hofmeister | 11 August 2011

Applying the "606" by Dieter Rams to any situation. Monika Hary and Michael Haberbosch have decades' worth of experience with the universal shelving system – right now in a show apartment in Munich.

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Living with “Eastern Modernism”
Living with “Eastern Modernism”
by Sandra Hofmeister | 09 August 2011

Roman Bezjak has been photographing the architecture of "Eastern Modernism" since 2005. His images do not so much serve documentary purposes, but rather convey what he has seen in relation to everyday life – while maintaining a certain distance. A new photo book presents a selection of these snapshots depicting an uncertain future.

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Expanding space
Expanding space
by Annette Tietenberg | 08 August 2011

While NASA – following Atlantis' return to Earth – bids a weepy farewell to manned space flight, an exhibition by Slovakian artist Roman Ondák at Kunsthaus Zürich revives that atmosphere of euphoria once associated with man's exploration of outer space. What, asks Roman Ondák, has become of the Soviet Union's Sputnik, which in 1957 became the first satellite to be launched? Did it really burn up when re-entering Earth's atmosphere? Or is it still out there, orbiting the planet?

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Trade fairs as the drivers of urban development
Trade fairs as the drivers of urban development
by Peter Sägesser | 07 August 2011

During the Cold War, the trade fair in Zagreb was one of the few locations where NATO member countries and Warsaw Pact nations presented their wares. Today, the trade-fair complex on the banks of the Sava River is hopelessly out of date and the city is considering a new solution.

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Self-providers of the world, unite!
Self-providers of the world, unite!
by Nora Sobich | 05 August 2011

“Urban farming” takes many shapes – in America’s shrinking cities the new trend toward self-providers shows just how obvious visionary town planning can be.

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Solar economy in India
Solar economy in India
by Georg-Christof Bertsch | 03 August 2011

In Germany we are still busy discussing old "bridging technology". In the Indian Federal State of Gujarat people have long since been trailblazing new ways. Here, you will find thermally powered canteen kitchens and an ashram run on renewable energy supplies.

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The thing itself
The thing itself
01 August 2011

An exhibition at Château de Boisbuchet is presenting "naked” aluminum objects from Japan, thereby portraying an episode of cultural history and the qualities of anonymous Japanese design.

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A decent guy
A decent guy
by Mathias Remmele | 29 July 2011

The work by (interior) designer Francesc Rifé stands out for its clarity and reduction. This is particularly surprising, as if anything, traditional Spanish design is known more for its shrill tones.

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A cobalt blue ship sails across the porcelain sea
A cobalt blue ship sails across the porcelain sea
by Nina Reetzke | 27 July 2011

Royal Tichelaar Makkum is one of the very oldest companies in the Netherlands. For some years now the family-owned company has been catching the eye with products created by such renowned designers as Hella Jongerius and Studio Makkink & Bey. A book has now appeared describing the porcelain manufactory.


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Designpääkaupunki 2012
Designpääkaupunki 2012
by Andrea Eschbach | 24 July 2011

How much are titles, prizes and other distinctions really worth? What some consider a mark of quality is seen by others as a red rag. The Finnish capital Helsinki has been selected as the World Design Capital 2012 – and is definitely worth a visit.

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If it has a switch, you can turn the artwork on
If it has a switch, you can turn the artwork on
22 July 2011

His works seem familiar and strange at once. Martin Brüger makes simple additions to everyday objects. Sometimes the proportions change, then the color effect alters, or a kind of frame is created. Nina Reetzke spoke to the Darmstadt artist about his views on the things that surround us.

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