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Old December 9th, 2007, 10:28 PM   #141
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You may find some stuff about the city castle here and here.

I hope they are going to reconstruct the facades properly, including the distinctive cupola...



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Old December 9th, 2007, 10:41 PM   #142
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Remarkable. Congratulations, Berlin! P.S. I hope people realize how awful aerial bombings were - as an American, I'm sorry my country had any part in the bombing of German cities. (I know...I know...the Nazis bombed the heck out of Warsaw but we should have known better and been better...Vengenance is not an excuse). What was lost was tragic then but all the more tragic for subsequent generations that never had a chance to experience the great accumulation of buildings and cultures represented in European cities. By the way, what do our Berlin friends think of the new Leipziger Platz vs. the former (pre-WW2) version? To me, the new version seems very sterile... Any chance the Wertheim name/stores might return?
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Old December 10th, 2007, 11:15 AM   #143
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well the castle, like many other buildings has been blown up after the war.



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During World War II, the Stadtschloss was twice struck by Allied bombs: on 3 February and 24 February 1945. On the latter occasion, when the air defence and fire-fighting systems of Berlin had largely been destroyed, the building was struck by incendiaries, lost its roof and was largely burnt out.

The end of the war saw the Stadtschloss reduced to a blackened shell, although the building was structurally sound and could have been restored, as many other bombed-out buildings in central Berlin were. But the area in which it was located was with the Soviet Union’s zone of occupation, and later in the communist German Democratic Republic. The communists saw the Stadtschloss as a symbol of Prussian militarism, although some parts of the building were repaired and used from 1945 to 1950 as an exhibition space. Between September and December 1950, therefore, the building was demolished, with only the balcony from which Liebknecht had declared the German Socialist Republic being preserved. The empty space was used as a parade ground.
What will happen to the Liebknecht balcony btw? They have no plans for reincorporating it into the new castle do they?

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Old January 13th, 2008, 11:12 PM   #144
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OK Berliners, I'm itching for some updates! The last decent update was on 11/17 by dklicious (thanks!). It's been two months since then and the holidays are over. The people outside of Germany want to know how things are going in Berlin.

I've seen the progress that I could through webcams, ie. O2 World, the Pariser Platz U Bahn station, etc... but I rely on you guys for updates on projects that don't have webcams. I come to this forum because it is in English.

I'm particularly interested in:

-The new American Embassy. You can search the web extensively and you will not find ANYTHING current on this project. It's like it is protected in secrecy. I know it's supposed to open this spring, but I'd love to see a pic of how it looks right now. Does it actually look like a finished building now from the outside? Is the lovely park w/fountain back in place in front of it? Does Pariser Platz FINALLY look visually "complete"?

-The East Side Gallery. I saw it 2 years ago and it looked horrible! I think it would be such a crime to let it just deteriorate. Are there concrete plans to restore it? If so, when? If not, tell Berlin to wake up and restore the one thing everyone wants to see when they visit Berlin!

-The Berlin Wheel. Construction was supposed to begin in October. Did that actually happen? Has this project been put on hold?
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Old January 14th, 2008, 12:07 AM   #145
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Old January 14th, 2008, 02:05 AM   #146
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I love Berlin its the best city I have been to in Europe and I have just discovered this English section about Berlin on SSC. I am a joiner and work in construction I think I might have to get myself over there and enjoy the city and help build some of this cool stuff. You have some really great projects on the go and thanks to all you Berliners for keeping us non German Speakers up to date.
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Old January 15th, 2008, 08:34 AM   #147
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OK Berliners, I'm itching for some updates! The last decent update was on 11/17 by dklicious (thanks!). It's been two months since then and the holidays are over. The people outside of Germany want to know how things are going in Berlin.

I've seen the progress that I could through webcams, ie. O2 World, the Pariser Platz U Bahn station, etc... but I rely on you guys for updates on projects that don't have webcams. I come to this forum because it is in English.

I'm particularly interested in:

-The new American Embassy. You can search the web extensively and you will not find ANYTHING current on this project. It's like it is protected in secrecy. I know it's supposed to open this spring, but I'd love to see a pic of how it looks right now. Does it actually look like a finished building now from the outside? Is the lovely park w/fountain back in place in front of it? Does Pariser Platz FINALLY look visually "complete"?

-The East Side Gallery. I saw it 2 years ago and it looked horrible! I think it would be such a crime to let it just deteriorate. Are there concrete plans to restore it? If so, when? If not, tell Berlin to wake up and restore the one thing everyone wants to see when they visit Berlin!

-The Berlin Wheel. Construction was supposed to begin in October. Did that actually happen? Has this project been put on hold?

Loads of stuff over here: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...74#post3280974
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Old January 17th, 2008, 02:24 AM   #148
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Thanks. That thread is pretty good. I've never heard of skyscraperpage. It looks like it's related to skyscrapercity??

What's wrong with ssc? It seems any English discussions about Berlin are just totally dead anymore.

There is regular discussion in German Berlin threads on here, but it's no pics and seems to be all inside jokes and not much on buildings and projects. I do speak some German.

If I put a question on here though it's pointless. Seems no one looks here.
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Old January 17th, 2008, 03:41 AM   #149
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Remarkable. Congratulations, Berlin! P.S. I hope people realize how awful aerial bombings were - as an American, I'm sorry my country had any part in the bombing of German cities. (I know...I know...the Nazis bombed the heck out of Warsaw but we should have known better and been better...Vengenance is not an excuse). What was lost was tragic then but all the more tragic for subsequent generations that never had a chance to experience the great accumulation of buildings and cultures represented in European cities. By the way, what do our Berlin friends think of the new Leipziger Platz vs. the former (pre-WW2) version? To me, the new version seems very sterile... Any chance the Wertheim name/stores might return?
So presumably you would have fought the war in a way that would have led to the Final Solution coming closer to success, to higher casualties on the Allied side, to higher casualties among civilians in the theatre of war (because the Germans would have had more weapons), and to Soviet occupation of a greater portion of Europe? You should also remember that the Allied leaders were aware of the Nazi nuclear programme, and if the Hitler had got the bomb first, every democracy in the world would have fallen, including the United States. Please don't pontificate about those terrible times from the comfort of Middle America in 2008.
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Old January 17th, 2008, 07:23 AM   #150
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I saw Berlin on Anthony Bourbains No Reservation....I need to go back and spend 2 weeks there this time. All that food...mmmmmm
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Old January 17th, 2008, 08:16 AM   #151
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Thanks. That thread is pretty good. I've never heard of skyscraperpage. It looks like it's related to skyscrapercity??

What's wrong with ssc? It seems any English discussions about Berlin are just totally dead anymore.

There is regular discussion in German Berlin threads on here, but it's no pics and seems to be all inside jokes and not much on buildings and projects. I do speak some German.

If I put a question on here though it's pointless. Seems no one looks here.
Skyscraperpage is simply a rival, friendly competitor to Skyscrapercity. Both are good but the main difference is that SSP has a more North American slant, whilst SSC is more global. Which is rather odd that the best Berlin construction thread is over at SSP.
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Old January 19th, 2008, 08:42 PM   #152
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Helloooooo?....... anybody home? I'm not gonna let this go. Why is this site so dead when it comes to Berlin?

Man, other cities on here have OVER-information. Especially South American cities, Paris, Toronto, Istanbul, etc.... I guess people here just don't like Berlin cuz it doesn't have skyscrapers??
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Old January 20th, 2008, 11:04 AM   #153
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Toronto has so many threads, but seems to be the most boring city on Earth.

Berlin is far more interesting

Please don't let this thread die.
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Old January 20th, 2008, 04:23 PM   #154
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There's simply nothing big going on in Berlin. Hardly surprising considering that the city's run by a Socialist/Communist alliance.
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There's simply nothing big going on in Berlin. Hardly surprising considering that the city's run by a Socialist/Communist alliance.
Huh? As if the reconstruction of the city castle, the new international airport, and the giant wheel weren't big enough...
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2 of those things aren't even under construction yet. Besides, compared to other major cities that's laughable. Even here in Cologne we probably have more construction going on.
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Old January 21st, 2008, 04:47 PM   #157
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^ Hmmm, I really don't agree with you there. They also had a new mall open in Alexaderplatz. a giant inner city mall is something that should be considered large. A smaller mall recently completed near Zoo area (couple of U-bahn stops away) and I read somewhere of a third mall. That is more new shopping centers in the last two years than any other city in Germany I know of.

The airport project is massive, the Palast der Republik is pretty big, the recent new Hauptbahnhof (largest railway station project in Germany), the planned Mediaspree area, planned O˛ world, and loads of other projects.

Somehow I think there is more going on, and more planned than Cologne.
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The O2 world is already uc since a while:


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-The new American Embassy. You can search the web extensively and you will not find ANYTHING current on this project. It's like it is protected in secrecy. I know it's supposed to open this spring, but I'd love to see a pic of how it looks right now. Does it actually look like a finished building now from the outside? Is the lovely park w/fountain back in place in front of it? Does Pariser Platz FINALLY look visually "complete"?

-The East Side Gallery. I saw it 2 years ago and it looked horrible! I think it would be such a crime to let it just deteriorate. Are there concrete plans to restore it? If so, when? If not, tell Berlin to wake up and restore the one thing everyone wants to see when they visit Berlin!

-The Berlin Wheel. Construction was supposed to begin in October. Did that actually happen? Has this project been put on hold?
Sorry for being a pain, but I'm gonna keep trying. Surely there must be someone somewhere on this site that lives in Berlin that can simply give a yes or no answer to these three simple questions!!

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Sorry for being a pain, but I'm gonna keep trying. Surely there must be someone somewhere on this site that lives in Berlin that can simply give a yes or no answer to these three simple questions!!

Sorry, there are less people from berlin here and I just don´t have so much time to give answers:

Here is a link where you ca see the american embassie.....looks like a commie

open and scroll down:
http://www.deutsches-architektur-for...?t=4060&page=2
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