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DISCOVER DESIGN UP CLOSE: AEDES ARCHITECTURE FORUM — RECOMMENDED BY MENGYA HUANG

DISCOVER DESIGN UP CLOSE: AEDES ARCHITECTURE FORUM — RECOMMENDED BY MENGYA HUANG

We often find that our daily pleasures derive from the environment we find ourselves in. But we are rarely given the chance to know why such places are designed to look a certain way or how they can be improved. The Aedes Architecture Forum in Berlin shines a spotlight on these questions, bringing us closer to architecture in both a professional and genial way. Located in a beautifully renovated brick factory at Prenzlauer Berg’s Pfefferberg, the space consists of two exhibition halls, a lecture hall and a café. Throughout the year, you can find exhibitions and lectures celebrating the world’s most distinguished architects and designers, such as the current exhibition Architectural Experiments in Material and Form from Vancouver-based Omer Arbel featuring sculptures, models and drawings (until 22.10.2020). All activities and events are free for visitors, making the Aedes a paradise for lovers of architecture. For the architects and designers, it is a unique platform to share their work with an engaged public, representing an important stage in the growth of contemporary architecture. (Text: Mengya Huang / Photos: Rene Riller & Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk)

Mengya Huang is founder of the Huadou Soy Concept Store. A Mitte resident, she has lived in Berlin since 2017.

Aedes Architecture Forum, Christinenstr.18-19, 10119 Berlin–Prenzlauer Berg; map
Tue–Fri 11–18h30, Sun–Mon 13–17h

Omer Arbel – Architectural Experiments in Material and Form runs until 22.10.2020

@aedesberlin

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GREENFINCH FOR POSITIVE VIBES AND GOOD COFFEE — RECOMMENDED BY LISA KIESEWETTER

GREENFINCH FOR POSITIVE VIBES AND GOOD COFFEE — RECOMMENDED BY LISA KIESEWETTER

When I first came across Greenfinch it looked more like a construction site than a cafe. But soon owner Vincent transformed this Bötzowkiez space into a welcoming, cheerful vegan venue whose individual interior really stands out with its fresh, post-modern look. For brunch, pancakes, toasted banana bread with peanut butter & jam and fresh croissants are a top choice, with lunch dishes like the delicious stuffed sweet potato available from 12-15h. “We want to convey a conscious and sustainable lifestyle, without creating the feeling that you have to do without anything,” says Vincent. As part of this, the cafe also offers yoga classes and meditation in the Greenfinch Backyard plus co-working spaces to bring together like-minded people. Positive vibes all round. (Text: Lisa Kiesewetter / Photos: Bui Luu Quynh Nguyen)

Lisa Kiesewetter is a creative freelancer and yoga teacher focused on wellbeing and mindfulness.

Greenfinch, Käthe-Niederkirchner Str.10, 10407 Berlin–Prenzlauer Berg; map
Tue–Fri 7h30–17h, Sat & Sun 9–17h

@greenfinch.berlin

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OSTERBERGER RESTAURANT: A LEAGUE OF ITS OWN — RECOMMENDED BY ANGIE ZIEHMANN

OSTERBERGER RESTAURANT: A LEAGUE OF ITS OWN — RECOMMENDED BY ANGIE ZIEHMANN

The recently opened Osterberger, right next to Schinkel’s St. Elizabeth’s Church in Mitte, is already predestined to become a new favorite restaurant and meeting place for creative spirits. Between classic tables set on the sidewalk and a window facade that can be opened completely, there is a welcoming, casual ambiance here. The curated materials and sophistication with which the interior was designed to prove class and timeless elegance. Also reflected in their seasonal menu: baked eggplant with finely prepared tomato sauce, roasted cod with white wine foam, pea puree and limes, and delicious French rosé. To finish, a chocolate mousse with raspberries and candied ginger. The Osterberger is bistro cuisine at the highest caliber. (Text: Angie Ziehmann / Photos: Nina Trippel, Osterberger Restaurant & Jules Villbrandt)

Angie Ziehmann (Pink Action) is a Berlin and Paris based architect and creative director, working worldwide.

Osterberger, Elisabethkirchstr.2, 10115 Berlin–Mitte; map
Mi–So from 18h, Kitchen 18–23h
@osterberger_mitte

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JULIE FAVREAU “BONDS”: PHYSICALITY IN THE DIGITAL AGE — RECOMMENDED BY JOHANNA YEATS

JULIE FAVREAU “BONDS”: PHYSICALITY IN THE DIGITAL AGE — RECOMMENDED BY JOHANNA YEATS



The best exhibitions leave reverberations long after you leave, and this is true of “Bonds” by Julie Favreau, currently showing at the Schwartzsche Villa in Steglitz. Originally built as a summer residence, the villa now offers space for a café and a municipal gallery that presents solo exhibitions of international contemporary art. For 2020 the focus is on “Human Textures”, and the current show from the Canadian-born, Berlin-based artist brings together a mural, photographs, sculptures and two video installations curated by Christine Nippe. The exhibition deals with the interaction of the human body from a feminist perspective, featuring curious-looking “technoid-organic” objects. Special interest is devoted to the exploration of touch, relationship, togetherness, spirituality and sensuality in these striking encounters between human beings and technology. (Text: Johanna Yeats / Photos: Johanna Yeats, Julie Favreau & Julie Favreau “Bonds” Installationsansichten Schwartzsche Villa, fotografiert von Roman März)

Johanna is an art historian from Berlin. She works at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and since 01.09 at the Neue Nationalgalerie.

Julie Favreau – Bonds
Schwartzsche Villa, Grunewaldstr.55, 12165 Berlin–Steglitz; map
Until 11.10.2020 Mon–Sun 10–18h
Entrance is free of charge.
@julie_favreau

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LITERARY ENCOUNTERS AT BRECHT’S BRANDENBURG SUMMER HOUSE — RECOMMENDED BY DANIELA PENSOLD

LITERARY ENCOUNTERS AT BRECHT’S BRANDENBURG SUMMER HOUSE — RECOMMENDED BY DANIELA PENSOLD

What better place to discover cultural history than Brandenburg’s picturesque Märkische Schweiz – the backdrop to the Brecht-Weigel-Haus, a museum and memorial dedicated to its former residents, playwright Bertolt Brecht and actor Helene Weigel. The house sits in Buckow, a refuge for Berlin individualists and artists since the 1920s and which for Brecht was the ideal place to live and work. The heritage-listed studio and house was nicknamed the “Iron Villa” because of its striking lattice windows, and sits directly on the shore of the turquoise-blue waters of the Schermützelsee. It was here that Brecht wrote the Buckow Elegies, his last great collection of poems published in 1953, and now visitors can view the sun-filled drawing rooms complete with original furnishings, stroll through the large garden and marvel at famous theater props stored in the garden house, including the cart used in the Berliner Ensemble production of “Mother Courage”. Every third Sunday of the month there is a guided walk where you can learn the complete history of the couple’s summer house. (Text & Photos: Daniela Pensold)

Daniela Pensold runs We Cycle Brandenburg, offering guided bike tours in the countryside around Berlin.

Brecht-Weigel-Haus, Bertolt-Brecht-Str.30, 15377 Buckow (Märkische Schweiz); map
For opening times check the website.
The house is 60km from Berlin and can be reached via Müncheberg with the RB26 regional train.

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