A Chat With Antonia Märzhäuser (Freunde Von Freunden)

Tomorrow we’re bringing together a selection of Europe’s finest city, design and culture bloggers in Amsterdam at Blogging the City, a one-day conference where the ‘blogosphere’ discusses the urban future. Counting the days to the event, we’re publishing a series of short interviews with some of the speakers. Today: Antonia Märzhäuser of Freunde von Freunden, a Berlin-based international interview magazine that offers a unique view into the lives of the creative class in the German capital and other big cities around the globe. In 2011, FvF launched its first book, Freunde von Freunden Berlin. A second book is in the making.

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How The Experience Economy Changes The Automotive Industry

As most industries, the automotive industry no longer exists as an industry solely based on manufacturing. Of course, without factories there will be no cars, but this part of industry has left the western city and has moved to industrializing countries. Detroit might be the clearest example of such a former industrial city. But who thinks the automotive industry has entirely left the city is wrong. The old manufacturing industry has made place for the automobile experience economy.

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De Wereld Van Witte De With — 5 Questions To Axel Timm (Raumlabor)

Axel Timm is one of the founders of the Berlin-based office Raumlabor. Raumlabor is currently working in Rotterdam to prepare their latest project for the ‘Wereld van Witte de With’ festival, which will take place between 14 and 16 September. The festival’s theme for this year is ‘The Street – Live!’, focusing on new ways to use and experience public spaces. We asked Timm five questions about Raumlabor, his views on enhancing public space, and ‘Limousine Service’, the office’s current intervention on the streets of Rotterdam.

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Musical Umbrella Turns The City Into A Symphony

It’s a rainy Summer here in Amsterdam, so let’s stay with the umbrella theme. Thanks to Make we found out about this rather cool umbrella that’s able to play music when it rains. For the occasion of Music Hackday 2012 in Amsterdam, Berlin-based hackers Alice Zappe and Julia Lager managed to create a musical umbrella that produces a random series of lo-fi 8-bit tones as soon as rain drops fall on it.

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What’s In A Bench?

The bench: a hyper-common piece of street furniture that has been made polymorphic, transformed into a live-tweeting machine, and designed to be more like a chesterfield. Benches are everywhere, and it makes sense to try to re-invent it. This recent re-invention of the ever-present public seat comes from Berlin-based artist Jeppe Hein. The benches are designed in unconventional ways, not offering an immediately obvious sitting strategy for the passer-by.

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From Trash To Treasure: Raumlabor’s Recycled Home

My mother always told me that recycling was a good thing to do for the environment (thanks, Mom!). Plenty of architects are catching onto the trend: we’ve written previously about a façade made from a thousand doors, recycled bus shelters in Uganda’s bustling capital city, and, of course, shipping container urbanism. There certainly isn’t a shortage of useable material on this planet that begs to be re-made into something new.

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City Of Bubbles

Cloud Cities is an exhibition that ran until 15 January at Berlin’s Hamburger Bahnhof. The exhibition offered an unusual vision on architecture, ecology and the way we experience life in general. Cloud Cities consisted of giant bubbles and exotic plants suspended on a structure reassembling a giant spider web. According to the man behind the artwork, Tomás Saraceno,…

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