Berlin is my ultimate favorite city. Having lived there for over two years, I used to live in different neighborhoods but I finally settled in Wilmersdorf – in a charming side street off Kurfürstendamm. I used to catch an S-Bahn at Zoologischer Garten or U-Bahn at Kurfürstendamm, and in front of my eyes I saw how
There are many fairs in Europe and many cities claim to have that ‘special’ expo in this or that field. However, some fairs stand out and set an example to the others. As Monocle’s recent review notes, the 56th edition of Salone del Mobile in Milan could teach the world’s other fairs a few things.
Have you read the latest Monocle Minute? The article sheds light on interesting purchasing patterns in Europe. Namely, this holiday season Germans are likely to choose printed products over high tech gadgets. Referring to data from Handelsdaten, a retail-statistics service, Monocle reports that approximately 49% of Germans will opt for books, which is second to money as the most
Cities are complex, yet strikingly different. They are hubs of urban challenges and potentials. Cities of Opportunity, an annual report prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), examines social and economic health of 30 of the leading world’s cities. It measures their performances against ten indicators. The study demonstrates that cities succeed if they perform well economically, but also if they satisfied a
Wandering through Amsterdam we stumbled upon Studio JUX, a flagship store of a Dutch fashion label selling ‘guilt free goods.’ If you are not familiar with the brand yet, you will probably love it by the end of this post, just as we did when we walked into the store. Philosophy Founders of the brand believe that fashion
I have recently learned about a Purple Flag initiative. The initiative aims to raise attractiveness and safety of towns and city centers at night. Purple Flag is an accreditation process similar to the Blue Flag benchmark for beaches. The accreditation leads to Purple Flag status for towns and city centers that meet and exceed the set of standards
Have you ever thought what your take on train stations is? Do you like taking a train, or would you rather opt for an alternative mode of transport? I was never too fond on trains until I moved to Germany — here I should stress that as a child I travelled quite a lot by
Wanting to take some photos of my hometown recently, something did not feel right. I was unable to take a good shot of its used-to-be-charming old town streets; landscape of ugly and oversized banners, greyish air-conditioning units, and cheap-looking doors shattered my sight every time I looked through my lens.
Motivated by a lengthy article written by Aparna Piramal Raje on ‘Cities and business development,’ where s/he interviews Greg Clark, the founder of The Business of Cities consultancy, I have decided to share some issues that I have been puzzled with for a while.