Coburg, values and change

7 February 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, General

Veste Coburg © Kerem Ozcan

Veste Coburg © Kerem Ozcan

Coburg is a town located on the Itz River in Bavaria, Germany. Its 2005 population was 42,015. Long one of the Thuringian states of the Wettin line, it joined with Bavaria by popular vote in 1920. Before 1918, it was the smaller of the two capital cities in the united duchy of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. Coburg’s Coat of Arms honoring the city’s patron Saint Maurice was granted in 1493.   read more…

Palermo on Sicily

5 February 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, General

Collage Palermo © DanieleDF1995

Collage Palermo © DanieleDF1995

Palermo is a historic city in Southern Italy, the capital of both the autonomous region of Sicily and the Province of Palermo. The city is noted for its rich history, culture, architecture and gastronomy, playing an important role throughout much of its existence; it is over 2,700 years old. Palermo is located in the northwest of the island of Sicily, right by the Gulf of Palermo in the Tyrrhenian Sea. The city was founded by the Phoenicians, but named by the Ancient Greeks as Panormus meaning (Largest)Port of All(Sea). Palermo became part of the Roman Republic, the Roman Empire and eventually part of the Byzantine Empire, for over a thousand years. From 827 to 1071 it was under Arab rule during the Emirate of Sicily when it first became a capital. Following the Norman reconquest, Palermo became capital of a new kingdom (from 1130 to 1816), the Kingdom of Sicily. Eventually it would be united with the Kingdom of Naples to form the Two Sicilies until the Italian unification of 1860. The population of the Palermo urban area is estimated by Eurostat to be 855,285, while its metropolitan area is the fifth most populated in Italy with around 1.2 million people. In the central area, the city has a population of around 670,000 people. The inhabitants are known as Palermitans or poetically panormiti. The languages spoken by its inhabitants are the Italian language and the Sicilian dialect.   read more…

Theme Week Hamburg – Inner city and Alster

3 February 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, General, Hamburg

Alster Panorama © IqRS + DooFi

Alster Panorama © IqRS + DooFi

Innenstadt
Hamburg is the shopping metropolis of Northern Germany. The many shopping streets and shopping malls offer a large variety of goods. From chic boutiques and traditional Hamburg fashion shops around the Alster, to unusual and alternative stores found outside the city-centre area. The entire area between Gänsemarkt, Town Hall, Inner Alster Lake and Hamburg’s main train station is the “shopping heartland”. Of course, numerous alternative shopping districts can be found in all city districts, especially in Harvestehude, Pöseldorf, Eppendorf, Winterhude, Poppenbüttel, Sasel, Blankenese, Wandsbek and Altona, where one can find and explore small but excellent designers and backyard factories, but none of the districts invites in a more typical Hanseatic environment to merciless overdraft the personal credit facilities, as the inner city does with its almost majestic shopping malls and street courses. The attraction is the architecturally unique ambiance of the numerous building ensembles so that even men are able to develop restrained joy in shopping.   read more…

Theme Week Hamburg – St. Pauli, Reeperbahn, St. Pauli Landing Bridges and Fish Market

30 January 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, General, Hamburg

St. Pauli Theater and police station Davidwache © Andreas Praefcke

St. Pauli Theater and police station Davidwache © Andreas Praefcke

St. Pauli
St. Pauli located in the Hamburg-Mitte borough is one of the 105 quarters of the city of Hamburg, Germany. Situated on the right bank of the Elbe river, the Landungsbrücken are a northern part of the port of Hamburg. St. Pauli contains a world famous red light district around the street Reeperbahn. Around 28,000 inhabitans are living here. At the beginning of the 17th century it developed as a suburb called “Hamburger Berg” (Hamburg mountain) outside the gates of the nearby city of Hamburg and close to the city of Altona. The name comes from a hill in that area that was planed by Hamburg in 1620 for defence reasons (free field of fire for the artillery). Therefore, settlement was initially allowed there, but soon businesses, which were not desired inside Hamburg, e.g. for their smell or noise, were relegated to “Hamburger Berg”. Also the rope makers (or “Reeper” in Low German) went here because in the city it was hard to find enough space for their work. The name of St. Pauli’s most famous street Reeperbahn, or “Rope Walk”, harkens back to its rope making past. When people were officially allowed to live in St. Pauli at the end of the 17th century the city government moved workhouses and (pestilence) hospitals out of the city to “Hamburger Berg”, which later was named after its church, “St. Pauli” (Saint Paul).   read more…

Theme Week Hamburg – Rotherbaum

29 January 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, General, Hamburg

Hamburg University - Main building © Merlin Senger/cc-by-sa-3.0

Hamburg University – Main building © Merlin Senger/cc-by-sa-3.0

Rotherbaum is a quarter of Eimsbüttel, a borough of Hamburg. In 2016 the population was 16,456. In German, “roter Baum” means red tree. The “th”, which in general was abolished in the spelling reform of 1900, was preserved in names. Depending on grammatical context, it might also be spelled with n as Rothenbaum. The campuses of the University of Hamburg and the University of Music and Drama of Hamburg are located in Rotherbaum. Directly at the artificial Außenalster lake is the Consulate General of the United States.   read more…

Theme Week Hamburg – Harvestehude

28 January 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, General, Hamburg

Deutsche Presse-Agentur © AltSylt/cc-by-sa-4.0

Deutsche Presse-Agentur © AltSylt/cc-by-sa-4.0

Harvestehude is a quarter of Hamburg, in the borough of Eimsbüttel. It is located on the eastern boundaries of the borough near lake Außenalster. Located within Eimsbüttel borough is the former Jewish neighbourhood Grindel, the former center of Jewish life in Hamburg. Especially the quarter between Mittelweg and Harvestehuder Weg is a very affluent neighbourhood.   read more…

Theme Week Hamburg – HafenCity and Speicherstadt

27 January 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, General, Hamburg

Speicherstadt © Heidas

Speicherstadt © Heidas

Speicherstadt
The Speicherstadt is the world-largest timber-pile founded warehouse district of the world. It is located in the port of Hamburg—within the HafenCity quarter—and was built from 1883 to 1927. The district was built as a free zone to transfer goods without paying customs. As of 2009 the district and the surrounding area is under redevelopment. The warehouses were built with different support structures, but Andreas Meyer created a Neo-Gothic red-brick outer layer with little towers, alcoves, and glazed terra cotta ornaments.   read more…

Klaipėda in Lithuania

22 January 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, General

Klaipeda Harbour © Artrix

Klaipeda Harbour © Artrix

Klaipėda (German: Memel) is a city in Lithuania situated at the mouth of the Curonian Lagoon where it flows into the Baltic Sea with a population of 186,000. It is the third largest city in Lithuania and the capital of Klaipėda County. The city has a complex recorded history, partially due to the strategic regional importance of the Port of Klaipėda, a usually ice-free port on the Baltic Sea. It has been controlled by the Teutonic Knights, the Duchy of Prussia, the Kingdom of Prussia, the German Empire, the Entente States immediately after World War I, Lithuania as a result of the 1923 Klaipėda Revolt, and the Third Reich following the 1939 German ultimatum to Lithuania. The city was incorporated into Lithuania during its tenure as a Soviet Socialist Republic and has remained within Lithuania following its re-establishment as a independent state. Popular seaside resorts found close to Klaipėda are Nida to the south on the Curonian Spit, and Palanga to the north.   read more…

Beer, Škoda, Plzeň – Czech Republic

20 January 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, European Union, General, European Capital of Culture

West Bohemian Museum © Norbert Aepli

West Bohemian Museum © Norbert Aepli

Plzeň (English: Pilsen) is a city in western Bohemia in the Czech Republic. It is the capital of the Plzeň Region and the fourth most populous city in the Czech Republic. It is located about 90 km west of Prague at the confluence of four rivers–the Radbuza, the Mže, the Úhlava, and the Úslava–which form the Berounka River. The city is known worldwide for Pilsener beer. Pilsen was in September 2010 selected by an official jury to be put forward to join the Belgian city of Mons as the European capital of culture in 2015.   read more…

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