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Old May 28th, 2008, 06:09 PM   #201
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Die Mitte

location: Alexanderplatz
info: http://www.diemitte.info/

[IMG]http://i29.************/2hri9sx.jpg[/IMG]

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Old June 1st, 2008, 03:57 PM   #202
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US embassy almost finished

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Old June 1st, 2008, 04:39 PM   #203
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Nice photo.

But US embassy still sucks. Poor Brandenburg Gate.
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Old June 1st, 2008, 04:55 PM   #204
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^ Exactly the fotos is so vivid even with my cheap laptop I could see it nicely btw I am looking forward to see the schimmelp feng haus building to be in Berlin picture in the future
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Old June 2nd, 2008, 12:17 AM   #205
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Potsdamer Platz: Medical center - Renders

"Otto Bock Medizin-Technik Kompetenzzentrum"

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a smaller project, near Potsdamer Platz... center for medical/life sciences... seems to be made for presentational purposes

http://www.kompetenzzentrum-medizintechnik.de/
Some renders (taken from Otto Bock homepage):







Should be completed in spring 2009.
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Old June 3rd, 2008, 01:31 AM   #206
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Hmmm, I bet the Americans will want half that plaza closed off for security reasons when they open their embassy
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Old June 19th, 2008, 08:48 AM   #207
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Awesome Thread!

Berlin is indeed sexy!
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Old June 19th, 2008, 11:15 AM   #208
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I just visited Berlin for the first time. I was VERY disappointed.

And in my opinion, the US embassy looks nice. It doesn't throw your gaze off of the gate at all.
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Old June 19th, 2008, 11:41 AM   #209
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Wow Berlin

I was there last month and i luv the city so much. Especially the architectures, the old buildings blend perfectly with the new..

Go Berlin!!! I'll be back soon
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Old June 19th, 2008, 11:53 AM   #210
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I just visited Berlin for the first time. I was VERY disappointed.
I'm interested in your opinion. Please give some more details at what you found dissapointing. I know it's not a beautiful city, but I do find it a very interesting one.
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Old June 19th, 2008, 06:34 PM   #211
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I'm interested in your opinion. Please give some more details at what you found dissapointing. I know it's not a beautiful city, but I do find it a very interesting one.
You took the words right out of my mouth. You just don't come on here and say "Berlin was VERY dissappointing" and then not explain. That's called trolling.

WestTexan87- Explain please?

One thing I don't really agree with though is this comment I keep seeing people making all the time about Berlin not being beautiful. While it certainly has it's ugly buildings/areas, there are also very beautiful areas in Berlin. I challenge anyone to walk Unter den Linden or the Kurfurstendamm or the Gendarmenmarkt (only three examples of many) and say Berlin is ugly. I know these are tourist areas, but they aren't just 2 buildings either, they are large areas. There are also many non-touristy residential areas in Berlin that are very beautiful. Every city has run down buildings and graffiti, etc... Maybe Berlin has a little more but what do you expect from a city that was bombed to oblivion in 1945 and then half of it run by the famously aesthetically-challenged Soviet Communists for decades until 1989!
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Old June 21st, 2008, 09:33 AM   #212
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Well, I wouldn't say Berlin is ugly. Certainly not. And it is getting more attractive all the time as the construction sites are filling in. By beauty, I am referring to a European perspective on architectural qualities as well as of cause geographic.

Berlin isn't on a beautiful expanse of water like Bergen, Stockholm, Sydney etc nor a particularly hilly region which can afford great views. There is nothing ugly about Berlin's geography, and in although it's main river is rather average, it is certainly nicer than what can be found in Rome. Add to that of cause the wonderful lakes, parks and forests in the suburban and metro area, it is quite pleasant. But beautiful... not really.

It also lacks, especially in the central area which was most damaged by WWII, the beautiful historical buildings that so typify a European city. It's this loss which for me at least places it firmly outside of the "Beautiful cities" category.

But this doesn't mean it's ugly. And there are plenty of wonderful neighbourhoods around town which can be described as attractive.

All that said, Berlin is my favourite German city. It sits in my mind with Paris, London and Barcelona as the cities I most miss and want to get back to.
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Old June 21st, 2008, 09:40 AM   #213
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You took the words right out of my mouth. You just don't come on here and say "Berlin was VERY dissappointing" and then not explain. That's called trolling.

WestTexan87- Explain please?
Judging from Google Earth, Flikr and Panoramio images of his home town, methinks he is trolling. I'd hardly call Abilene a fount of beauty.
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Old June 22nd, 2008, 08:57 PM   #214
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great city
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Old July 11th, 2008, 05:15 PM   #215
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So what's going on then on the Alexanderstr. side of this new building on Alexander Platz? That side is one big concrete wall facing the main road which seems a bit odd to have at a major intersection like that. Are they going to maybe build one of the planned skyscrapers there?

If anyone is interested in more on the plans for Alexander Platz, the Berlin Senate Department for Urban Development has a good website on it. Its a rather long URL so here's a short one:

http://tinyurl.com/6cmau2
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Old July 14th, 2008, 04:37 AM   #216
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Berlin is a great city
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Old July 14th, 2008, 04:39 AM   #217
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I agree. I love Berlin, it's an awesome place. I've never been so inspired by a city before, and I'd give anything to be able to live there.

German guys are so hot as well..... sigh! : /
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Old August 23rd, 2008, 09:06 AM   #218
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Yay! I read the cross is finally going back up on top of the Berliner Dom. It seemed like it was off for sooooo long and it looked ugly that way. I'm glad to know it's replaced now.
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Old August 23rd, 2008, 10:39 AM   #219
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Looks so much more balanced now.

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Old August 23rd, 2008, 01:22 PM   #220
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Are there any plans to restore the roof of the Berliner Dom to its original form, which was much more beautiful and architecturally balanced?

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Looks so much more balanced now.

vs. this:

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You can see what an impact the original roof made on the Berlin skyline in this image from 1939 (the Dom is on the left; the Stadtschloss is on the right):

[IMG]http://i34.************/2lw0mbm.jpg[/IMG]
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