Athens prepares for a brighter future

Posted on | January 31, 2013

‘Like being in your living room’. That’s the idea of a young designer collective in Athens who asked their fellow citizens to illuminate a neighbourhood in the Greek capital. They asked them to bring their chandeliers, kitchen and bedroom lamps, whether trendy or retro, broken, dusty, old or new, had them cleaned, repaired and then hung them in the middle of the road. The result of the urban experience initiative were over 150 colorful lamp objects that lit up Monastiraki, an old and abandoned street in the heart of Athens. Moving people’s interior lighting from their privacy to the anonymous city ambience conveyed a feeling of warmth and sociability among residents and visitors.

   

  

In the words of a contemporary Greek philosopher, the artists might agree to the deeper meaning of this invention, “If you had a girl, her name would certainly be Athens. It had a rich past and uncertain but bright future.”

 

 

 

 

 

IF DOGS RUN FREE

Posted on | January 30, 2013

Stylish bar in Vienna’s 6th district. If you were to compare the area that ‘If dogs run free’ is located in to NYC, lower Gumpendorfer Strasse is probably similar to Mercer Street in Soho. It’s cute. Check it out.

Address: Gumpendorfer Straße 10, 1060 Vienna

  

  

© Foto Stefan Zenzmaier und Daniela Krautsack

 

 

Inspiration Trip 2013 #1: Berlin

Posted on | January 29, 2013

2013’s early days and it was time to hit the road again.

5 days in BERLIN: 7 meetings, 3 exhibitions and lots of inspiring networking and catching up with friends.

 

After very inspiring talks with Carsten Fillinger and Gerald Hensel from Scholz & Friends, Stefan Schmidt from Dieckertschmidt, Karsten Warrinck from Ambermedia, Brand Experience Expert Christian Vatter, Photographer and Public Space Curator Gregor Frotscher and Josef Lentsch and Ulf Brandes from the RSA that will feed some new piece of city research which I am currently working on, I was already more than content. It’s the so-called ‘cherry on the cake’ when you get the chance to absorb all kinds of impressions from walking the streets with your camera, talking to friends, taxi drivers, and anyone keen to express themselves in the city whose residents call it ‘a place where you feel free’. Freedom to express one’s opinion – on house walls, in their daily work, in the way people dress and how they express – whatever it may be.

  

   

The downsider was some noticeable frustration about the much-discussed topics of ‘gentrification’ and ‘the hate against the Swabians’ that passed every meeting and dinner table.

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