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PRIMITIVKOLLEKTIV: DISCOVERING THE POWER OF PLANTS WITH A BOTANICAL WORKSHOP

PRIMITIVKOLLEKTIV: DISCOVERING THE POWER OF PLANTS WITH A BOTANICAL WORKSHOP

Have you ever dyed fabrics or made your own drinks using plants? Well, I tried out the former at one of the workshops from Primitivkollektiv run by artist, herbalist and co-founder of Avant Garden Life, Tash, and designer and permaculture expert Siobhán. Together they have developed a series of workshops on the topics of sustainability, circularity and herbalism, in which you can discover traditional botany within a small group. I took part in the Healing Cloth workshop and learned about the numerous medicinal properties of plants and how they can also be used to dye fabrics, which we tried out for ourselves on cushion covers. Next week (17.09.2019, 19–21h) the series continues with Medicinal Microbrew, where you will produce your own micro-batch Mead (an ancient alcoholic honey drink) and Shrubs (sour, alcohol-free fruit syrup) yourself. The fun continues in October with the Compost Colours workshop (22.10.2019, 19–21h), where you will learn how to extract colour from plant waste and use it on different materials. After my session I spent the most relaxing night in a long time on my soothing self-dyed pillowcase. (Text: Katie Burton / Photos: Barbara Cilliers-Pistorius)

Sustainability, Circularity & Herbalism Workshops are held at Isla Coffee Berlin every month

Hermannstr.37, 12049 Berlin-Neukölln; map
Medicinal Microbrew 17.09.2019, 19–21h
Compost Colours 22.10.2019, 19–21h
@primitivkollektiv

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TICKET B: STORIES OF DESIGN AND SOCIETY WITH ARCHITECTURE TOURS BY ARCHITECTS

TICKET B: STORIES OF DESIGN AND SOCIETY WITH ARCHITECTURE TOURS BY ARCHITECTS

Small town flair, idyllic gardens and bright colors: it is not without reason that Gartenstadt Falkenberg in Bohnsdorf is also known as the “Tuschkastensiedlung” (paint-box estate). As one of six similar Berlin housing estates, it was conceived at the beginning of the 20th century by architect Bruno Taut to provide people with affordable living space in green surroundings. The houses are compactly built on an area of 60 square metres, including garden. Despite this color-by-numbers policy, no two houses are the same, because the streets bloom with numerous different plants and flowers, while the color palette of the houses themselves ranges from sunny yellow and pastel pink to azure blue. During the hour-long architectural tour with Ticket B, I discovered not only Berlin’s city history, but how historical planning concepts can be instructive today. That’s precisely the idea behind Ticket B, and they offer many more tours too: whether modern designs, classic guided tours through the government district, or Bauhaus trips away. It’s a chance to learn not just about bricks and mortar, but how cities function and change. (Text: Hanna Komornitzyk / Photos: Hanna Komornitzyk, Strelka Insitut of Media and Design, Ticket B)

Ticket B architecture tours are given in German, English, French, Spanish and Italian and can be booked online
@ticket.b.berlin

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HERTZBERG GOLF — THE MINIGOLF COURSE THAT HAS NOSTALGIA DOWN TO A TEE

HERTZBERG GOLF — THE MINIGOLF COURSE THAT HAS NOSTALGIA DOWN TO A TEE

The 18 holes at Neukölln’s Hertzberg Golf offer a multitude of challenges. Hitting the ball through the mad assortment of tunnels and bumps and into the hole is no mean feat, and after six attempts it’s all over. But as you work your way round this delightfully nostalgic minigolf course, club in one hand and a glass of Radler in the other, you soon realise it’s not the winning but the being there that counts. With a history going back to 1960, the course has been painstakingly renovated since 2014 by current owner Frank Terhorst, keeping many original features like the space-age mushroom lamps. Hertzberg’s charm and pro-picnic policy also makes it a legendary venue for birthday parties and special events – like Megagolf from youth literature label Kabeljau & DorschTonight’s edition(29.08.2019) of the informal literary gathering hosts readings by Giorgi JamburiaLeif RandtAmbika Thompson and music from J. Lamotta, all topped off with a relaxed barbecue and a moonlit round of minigolf. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Christian Spreitz, Marco Lehmbeck)

Hertzberg Golf, Sonnenallee 165, 12059 Berlin–Neukölln; map
Tue–Fri 14–22h, Sat & Sun 11–22h
Details for the Megagolf III event here (no registration required)
29.08.2019, 19h30–23h30
@kabeljauunddorsch

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PILATES ON TEMPELHOFER FELD: ADORE YOUR CORE IN THE OPEN AIR

PILATES ON TEMPELHOFER FELD: ADORE YOUR CORE IN THE OPEN AIR

We all want to keep up our fitness regime throughout the warmer months, but going to classes can mean consigning yourself to a dimly-lit Hinterhof studio while the sun shines outside. The solution is simple: go alfresco. Every Sunday morning, amongst the wildflowers and shrubs of the leafiest patch of Tempelhofer Feld, instructor Stella brings both beginners and experts together for a delightful, revitalizing open-air pilates class. No previous experience is required: simply turn up at 10h with a mat or towel and get ready to stretch and strengthen with just the earth below you and the sky above. Describing her style as yogilates, Stella uses her classes to build deep muscle tissues for improved posture and vitality, and closes each session with meditation to bring emotional benefits too. Whether you are a bendy yogi or a gym bunny, the classes are the perfect weekend exercise, leaving you contented and ready to take on big city life again. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Sophia Hummler & Andreas Bohlender)

Pilates on Tempelhofer Feld, access via Columbiadamm 124, 10965 Berlin–Tempelhof; map
Sundays at 10h. Donations welcome.

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BERNSTEINSEE: WHERE MITTE MEETS TO TAKE A DIP

BERNSTEINSEE: WHERE MITTE MEETS TO TAKE A DIP

This feature appears in Cee Cee Book No.2, published by Distanz.

Berlin is surrounded by countless lakes: over 3,000 to be precise. There’s always hype around the best lake each summer, so it’s no wonder you see half your neighborhood when you come to take a dip at your chosen spot. Of course, people like us writing about it doesn’t help. But you gotta spread the love, right? Bernsteinsee is no longer much of a secret, but it offers a delightfully relaxed alternative to the busy inner-city bathing spots. Where you want to go is the south side of the lake. Park your car on the road and walk through a beautiful pine forest for 20 minutes before reaching the lake on its less developed “wild side.” It’s one of those rare lakes with a large white sandy beach, and with plenty of space to spread your towels and bathe in the sun it’s perfect for big groups and families. For now this is my favorite lake in Brandenburg, until the next secret spot is discovered… (Text: Sven Hausherr / Photos: Nina Trippel)

Bernsteinsee, 16348 Marienwerder; map
About an hour’s drive north of Mitte

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