From this point back is an archive of pages I wrote as architectureinberlin.com for a few years up until 2013. I stopped paying for that site (someone else has it now) so have archived all the posts here. At the time of writing, I can’t access my own Flickr account (don’t ask), so it’s still called (and links to) architectureinberlin.com, which I no longer have. It has albums with a lot of Berlin archi images used here though.
From 2014, I’ve been mainly in London, although I spent most of 2017 back in Berlin, doing my PhD research all about groups of older people doing CoHousing projects together. I’m also writing about non-Berlin things, and CoHousing, and community housing more generally, over here at Betaville.
If you’d like to get in touch, the best email is jimhudson40 (at) gmail (dot) com.
Anyhoo, I’ve stripped out a lot of the stuff about events – meetups, tours, film nights, book clubs and other things that I ran, although there’s still quite a few most recent – keep scrolling down and eventually you’ll get to some content!
At its heart this was a blog about the Berlin IBA of the 1980s – it was my obsession, and I still miss exploring the many hundreds of buildings and projects.
I’ve had to use a new theme (design appearance) to avoid paying for upkeep of an archive. Many links are dead, highlighted in weird colours etc, sorry for that. I might get around to fixing that at some point. But probably not, life is short.
So, in order to overcome some of the faulty links, here’s a summary for IBA things. Which is probably why you’re here.
Peter Eisenmann, Rem Koolhaas/OMA – Haus Am Checkpoint Charlie (and a follow-up here, when the OMA block got altered).
John Hejduk, Kreuzberg Tower. Also, if you’re researching or somesuch, the campaign to stop its significant alteration a few years back (in which I played a minor but I like to believe crucial role) – first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth and finally, success!
Block 647 (Part 2) and canal stuff which includes a footbridge by Brenner & Tonon, and on the south side of the river, and a row of four fascinating townhouses, by Schiedhelm, Klipper & Partner; Pysall, Jensen & Stahrenberg; von Gerkan, Marg & Partner, and the fourth which I seem to have forgotten to name.
Kottbusserdamm, Hinrich Baller and others, and Baller on Fraenkelufer (Block 70), and also a longer winding post that covers the buildings on the north of the block, as well as the Beginnenhof on the West side. Finally, a brief new post on Wohnregal, a self-build project also part of Block 70.