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The Verkehrskanzel, a 1950s Traffic Control Pulpit, from the traffic island on the corner of Kurfürstendamm and Joachimstaler Straße in Berlin

Verkehrskanzel – Berlin’s 1950s Traffic Control Pulpit

Perched among the trees at a busy intersection on one of Europe’s most famous shopping streets, the Verkehrskanzel, a 1950s Traffic Control Pulpit, is a relic of a bygone era. It is hard to imagine it now, watching the constant stream of traffic at the corner of the Kurfürstendamm and Joachimstaler Straße, but at one […]

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THE ANNOUNCEMENT | Rocco and his Brothers

THE ANNOUNCEMENT is an art intervention dealing with surveillance in public spaces by the audacious Berlin art collective Rocco and his Brothers. Given the unprecedented intrusions into the privacy of East German citizens perpetrated by the Stasi, it is understandable that the increase in surveillance and the conflict between privacy concerns and security is an […]

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Beyti Kebap at Caglayan Grillhaus Berlin

Caglayan Grillhaus – Berlin’s Best Beyti

There are so many Turkish restaurants in Berlin that deciding which one to eat at can be a bit daunting. If I could only pick one, it would be Caglayan Grillhaus in Neukölln. Caglayan is a family restaurant – two brothers run the kitchen and front of house respectively – on Hermannstraße, opposite the magic […]

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Berlin – the inner layer by Alex Soloviev

Prickling with tension and loaded with energy, Alex Soloviev successfully conveys the vitality and spirit of the city in his short film, Berlin – the inner layer. In stark contrast to his previous Berlin short, Everyday Berlin (a serene visual poem), a combination of constant movement, fast cutting, clever transitions and a pounding soundtrack gets […]

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Sunday Documentary: Ai Weiwei Drifting

For the documentary Ai Weiwei Drifting, a film crew from the Deutsche Welle followed Ai Weiwei, the Chinese artist who has made his home in Berlin, around the world for over a year. During this time Ai Weiwei was making his own documentary, Human Flow, about the plight of refugees. Ai Weiwei understands very well […]

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Berlin Maps: S- & U-Bahn Walking Map by Kristin Baumann

It won’t comes as a surprise to regular readers that I have a thing about maps and that I love nothing more than walking around Berlin. So imagine my excitement when I first saw Kristin Baumann’s S- & U-Bahn Walking Map, which shows the walking time between stations on Berlin’s public transport network. Following the […]

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Johanna Quaas – The World’s Oldest Competitive Gymnast

It’s not every day that you see a great-grandmother doing handstands, forward rolls and cartwheels and performing gymnastic routines on the parallel bars – unless your spending time with Johanna Quaas that is. At 91-years old, Quaas is officially the oldest competitive gymnast in the world, an honour first bestowed upon her in the 2012 […]

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The Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall – Konrad H. Jarausch

This TED-Ed Original, The Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall, from Konrad H. Jarausch distills the complicated background to and history of the Berlin Wall into a 6-minute animated short film. TED-Ed Original lessons feature the words and ideas of educators brought to life by professional animators. Konrad H. Jarausch is Professor of European […]

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