I’d be the first to admit that I’m not always the most frequent of bloggers, and I could come up with all sorts of excuses for this, but I’m guessing that your time is short. I will however just casually mention that I’ve just finished cycling from Vienna to Dresden, and therefore
a) there was not much time for blogging, and
b) wireless reception was poor in the Czech Republic, plus it’s hard to balance a keyboard on bike handlebars.
So just a quick one, to promise that I will write some proper posts shortly (I returned home to find that a publisher has sent me a whole pack of goodies, which I’ll be reviewing here as soon as I’ve read them) and to post an image sent me a while back from Pedro in Porto. It shows part of Alvaro Siza’s Bonjour Tristesse project, a part of Berlin’s 1987 IBA programme; Siza planned the whole block, which includes two other new structures, as well as the more familiar corner building.
I’m a big fan of Siza’s work, which generally comprises beautifully proportioned white buildings standing in perpetual southern european sunlight, like this one:
(image thanks, OunoDesign)
Whereas here in the Haupstadt, his design has been ‘Berlinified’, courtesy of the youth of Kreuzberg:
They’re not Kreuzberg youth in the picture by the way – it’s an old folks’ day centre (although the old lady pictured appears to be stealing a chair, rather than going for a chat about the old days). It’s on Falckensteinstrasse, and there’s a very good ice cream parlour next door, if you’re out this way. Obviously don’t forget to look at Bonjour Tristesse itself, which is out of shot to the right.