SLAB Magazine

Strange that having spent so much time idly wandering Berlin-related areas of the web, I hadn’t come across SLAB Magazine before now.  A shame, as it’s jolly good.

A thread running through many of its posts is Berlin’s increasing habit of filling up its gaps with ever blander buildings (something I was hoping only I perceived, and that elsewhere in the city people were spotting groundbreaking new contemporary architecture on a daily basis).

On days when I’m feeling a bit down, it seems that Berlin has lost its confidence at some fundamental level, and seems pathetically grateful for absolutely anything any developer chooses to throw up, in the mistaken hope that a big bland corporate style will lend the city more gravitas.  Which of course it doesn’t.

On days when I’m not feeling down, I give the whole subject no thought at all, in case you’re wondering.

PS – If, like me, you’ve looked at the site and wondered what the word ‘heuristic’ in SLAB’s byline might mean:

1. serving to indicate or point out; stimulating interest as a means of furthering investigation

2. encouraging a person to learn, discover, understand, or solve problems on his or her own, as by experimenting, evaluating possible answers or solutions, or by trial and error: a heuristic teaching method


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