For the first decade of the 21st century, the industrial wasteland between Berlin’s Ostbahnhof station and the river Spree was earmarked for a huge urban regeneration project – one that would show that the German capital could keep up with London and New York. Where flowing water had once marked the divide between communist and capitalist spheres of influence were to be a phalanx of high-rise blocks made of shiny glass, some of them 80 metres tall, containing luxury apartments, hotels and offices. But tomorrow, that same 12,000m2 patch of land will open with an altogether different look: an urban village made of recycled windows, secondhand bricks and scrap wood, containing among other things a studio for circus acrobats, a children’s theatre, a cake shop and a nursery where parents can drop off their children while they go clubbing next door. There’s even a landing stage for beavers. The Holzmarkt development is the result of an unprecedented experiment in a major world capital: what if a city allowed a new quarter to be built not by the highest bidding property developers or the urban planners with the highest accolades, but the nightclub owners who put on the best parties in… Read full this story
- Where are the world's highest cities?
- Inside Lavasa, India's first entirely private city built from scratch
- Story of cities #36: how Copenhagen rejected 1960s modernist 'utopia'
- From Tower Bridge to Sydney Harbour, welcome to China’s city of clones
- Bratislava in the spotlight: Slovakian city celebrates 25 years as capital
- Century-old village blooms in photogenic splendor as Tet nears
- Clubber, 26, reveals how he fled world's worst rapist Reynhard Sinaga's flat after growing suspicious when he realised the serial sex offender was sober at 4am but tried to ply him with drinks
- Zaha Hadid's successor: scrap art schools, privatise cities and bin social housing
- Ho Chi Minh City's Thoi An flower village busy ahead of Tet
- How air pollution could lead to broken bones: City-dwellers exposed to toxic air 'have weaker hips and spines and are more prone to fractures'
The party city grows up: how Berlin's clubbers built their own urban village have 334 words, post on www.theguardian.com at April 30, 2017. This is cached page on GameMax. If you want remove this page, please contact us.