Berlin, 1951. In both parts of the divided city, streetscapes resembles the toothless smile of an old crone. Reconstruction is a hot topic, although there is no consensus on the shape it’s supposed to take. East German leaders want a nine-storey residential tower block with state-of-the-art amenities at Weberwiese. The building project “is a political manifestation of the new country’s determination to build a socialist future. It was designed to showcase the GDR’s distinctive architectural style,” as the art historian Peter Müller explains in a 2015 documentary for RBB Radio. However, this distinctive new style had yet to be created.
Remember my last blog post about summer having arrived in Berlin and the many options for cooling down? Well, the best refreshment came from the sky last week: rain. A lot of it. It was one shower after another, followed by rainstorms followed by drizzle. Sad, especially for the tourists I saw battling the weather in their shorts and on bikes. But the good news is: Berlin has more museums (180) than rainy days per year (106)! Here are my favourite museums – at least for now.
Central Berlin is overflowing with memories. Here is where the past meets the present – and now you can make this historic place a part of your future. How is that possible?
Alongside the chance to buy one of our condiminiums, the iFunded.de crowdfunding platform now offers you the opportunity to profit from Strausberger Platz’s landmark buildings, with investments from just EUR 250 and returns of 5% per year.
Levi’s jeans? Short skirts? A designer dress? Those were items fashion lovers in the GDR could only dream of. Western fashion was a no-go in the socialist country and there wasn’t any money for high-quality fabrics. Clothes were also part of the planned economy, which meant that the designs were never up-to-date. But that didn’t mean that the love of fashion didn’t reach the GDR. Young boys and girls saw TV stars from the West wearing outfits they couldn’t find in their country – so they got creative.
Being fashionable at Leninplatz, close to Strausberger Platz. Image courtesy of Spiegel.de