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Old July 30th, 2012, 01:44 AM   #461
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Willy Brandt Berlin Brandenburg International Airport

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Old July 30th, 2012, 11:12 AM   #462
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Old August 17th, 2012, 05:29 PM   #463
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After an architectural competition Agromex GmbH announced its new project yesterday.
3 highrise buildings (110m/99m/64m) will be built in late 2013.
two residential towers and one hotel (the golden building).
more information on their homepage (in german).

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Old August 17th, 2012, 05:36 PM   #464
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Looking good. Great addition for Berlin
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Old August 18th, 2012, 05:18 AM   #465
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Great news! They don't accord with the existing buildings around them, but, well, that's Berlin!

Interesting designs anyway, especially the gold box.
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Old August 22nd, 2012, 03:27 PM   #466
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Berlin finally starts championing its tech hub



After longstanding grumbling from the German capital’s tech community over its lack of recognition, the Berlin senate has launched a campaign to push the city as a startup center of note.

At last. After months — if not years — of complaining about a lack of official support from the Berlin administration, the city’s senate has decided to start pushing it as a tech hub.

The value of that support is yet to be determined, but there are some definites. In concrete terms, it’s a €500,000 ($623,000) marketing campaign over the next year: not a huge amount of money, but significant when you consider Berlin’s been broke for the best part of a decade.

Beyond the numbers, though, the biggest impact is the psychological boost. As I mentioned, there’s been a fair bit of grumbling from the startup community — possibly jealous of London’s more coordinated efforts to promote itself as a tech center — that they weren’t being properly championed. That was never strictly true, as Berlin has been handing out grants to some early-stage startups for many years, but a bit of overt lionization never hurt.

The launch of the campaign took place on Wednesday morning at Telefonica’s grand Campus Party Europe tech festival, held at the decommissioned Tempelhof airport.

“It has long been no secret that Berlin is a breeding ground and major location for the creative minds of the digital industry,” Berlin tech and research secretary Nicolas Zimmer said. “We want to highlight this trend and ensure that a real digital economy is created through these creative individuals and startup ventures, bringing jobs, income and prosperity for Berlin.”

Productivity outfit 6wunderkinder has arguably been the chief grumbler in the pack. On Wednesday, CMO Benedikt Lehnert claimed the city’s developing startup infrastructure was “reminiscent of the spirit and energy of Silicon Valley.”

That analogy shouldn’t be taken too far, however. As we’ve discussed before, there is only one Valley, and Berlin — which is behind that curve by a matter of decades — needs to forge its own identity.

The campaign launch came, naturally, with a slideshow that was supposed to show off Berlin’s particular strengths. Again, some elements of that were a bit hopeful: Berlin does not have, as it claimed, “ideal conditions for venture and entrepreneur financing”, for example, unless by that they mean its proximity to London.

But other points on that list ring true. Berlin is heaving with incubators and co-working spaces, it is perfectly located for skilled workers from all around Europe, it has very strong networks within the scene, there’s a ton of interplay between the tech and creative sectors, and it’s still a relatively cheap place to set up shop.

Will the campaign help matters? Perhaps a little. The focus of the marketing will be on Germany’s national press and trade events, and it’s hard to imagine that Germans in the tech industry are unaware of Berlin’s growing significance.

That said, Berlin’s startup scene really could use some championing on the national stage right now, particularly with worries over a change to freelance taxation that many say could scupper younger companies.

If the campaign and newfound chumminess between the startup scene and city authorities does prove its worth over time, it will be interesting to compare it with London’s Tech City push, which has drawn criticism from those who reckon the state should not interfere with private sector business development.

In Berlin’s case, it doesn’t look like the city is setting up any new structures that might mirror what could be established privately. The scene is already developing on its own, without much assistance.

This new push appears to be little more than cheerleading — and sometimes that’s no bad thing.
http://gigaom.com/europe/berlin-fina...-its-tech-hub/
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Old August 23rd, 2012, 08:11 PM   #467
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On one of the most important urban places in Berlin, the former Wertheim site
at Leipziger Platz (next to Potsdamer Platz), now the cornerstone for a new neighborhood was laid.
HGHI is constructing apartements, hotels, a shopping mall and office space.
it will be germany´s largest shopping mal. total costs of the whole project will be about 800 million € !!!

















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Old August 24th, 2012, 05:58 AM   #468
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Wow, very nice for Leipziger Platz.

Also love the new highrises.

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Old August 25th, 2012, 03:37 PM   #469
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Here are some pictures & a video of the up and coming Berlin startups incubator - The Factory











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Old September 2nd, 2012, 08:03 PM   #470
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ThyssenKrupp: new office building representing the company in the german capital, just in the historical center of Berlin, next to the "new" palace (which will be reconstructed in 2013). The building will be 26m high.







The good news - I understand this project has been abandoned. TOTALLY inappropriate in the proposed location
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Old October 8th, 2012, 01:52 PM   #471
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"Upper West"

Strabag Real Estate GmbH just announced its new Projekt "Upper West" (formerly known as "Atlas Tower") at the Munich Expo Real. The Building will be 118m tall, demolition of the old building will start end of they year, construction of the tower in spring 2013...good news!!



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Old October 8th, 2012, 04:17 PM   #472
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Indeed Berlin really needs some tall buildings.
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Old October 8th, 2012, 08:38 PM   #473
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Fantastic news indeed!


Though I like the former two color scheme. Let's hope for a proper facade material like stone.
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Old October 10th, 2012, 08:25 AM   #474
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construction of Tour Total (16 floors, 70m) officially finished...












pictures by Corinne Rose




pictures by Johannes Foerster
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Old October 10th, 2012, 08:42 AM   #475
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Very nice. Somehow this tower looks like a rendering. Kind of unreal.
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Old October 10th, 2012, 12:34 PM   #476
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Yes, its absolutely tiny.
Its really about time that the city gets the BBI
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Old October 10th, 2012, 01:40 PM   #477
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Very good looking tower. Berlin growing upwards.
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Old October 10th, 2012, 02:32 PM   #478
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Looks nice. Only wish it was twice as tall.
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Old October 15th, 2012, 07:20 AM   #479
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The Transformation of Berlin - From 'Poor but Sexy' to Rich and Unaffordable

Berlin was once an exception to the rule that cool cities have high property and rent prices. But those days are quickly ending. A new wave of private investors has led to skyrocketing prices, forcing low-earners to the city's periphery.



A corner in Berlin's Kreuzberg neighborhood: Berlin used to be an exception to the rule that it is expensive to live in a cool city. But that is quickly changing. In recent years, real estate and rent prices have skyrocketed, leading many to fear that the people who have created the city's vibrant cultural scene will be forced out or to the periphery.



Skyrocketing rent charges in Berlin and other major German cities: According to the German rent index, average rents have gone up by 4 percent a year since 2009. Likewise, residential real estate prices in Berlin have risen by 32 percent since 2007.
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Old October 15th, 2012, 12:43 PM   #480
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party's over folks

Someone let the rich back in.
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