Monthly Archives: March 2013

The Berlin update: 17th March 2013

by Ares Kalandides As every weekend my pick of the news from or on Germany. Today with the following topics: 1. Immigration to Germany 2. Calls for more state investment 3. Wealth distribution in Europe 4. Brazilian Adventure: a German … Continue reading

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Gardens in the City (III): Political guiding principles in green planning

by Markus Kather The city of Berlin created a Strategie Stadtlandschaft (strategy for urban green spaces) to secure and qualify open spaces within the city. Its three main principles are beautiful, productive and urban nature. Keeping our focus on participation … Continue reading

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Initiative for Democracy in Greece

Dear readers of this blog. I don’t normally do this, but today I am reblogging a petition about democracy in my home country, Greece. I am very worried, not only because of the rise of the extreme (neo-Nazi) right, but … Continue reading

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Guest article – The Philippino way, Part 1: Mobility

by Daniel Wagner* Arriving at the airport in Manila, my first choice of transportation to go to the hotel (which was carefully chosen in a central neighborhood close to the airport) was a public one. One of the greatest metropolis … Continue reading

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Journal of Place Management and Development, Special Issue “The business of Place” online now

The special issue of the Journal of Place Management and Development on the 3rd Place Branding Conference “The business of Place”, which took place in Manchester in February 2013, is available online now.  From the guest editorial: The business of … Continue reading

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Gardens in the City (II): Allotment Gardens

By Markus Kather After blogging about today’s meaning of community gardenig from a broad perspective in my last post on Gardens in the City, I want to look at a rather specific type of community garden: the allotment. There are more … Continue reading

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Pick of the day: Real Estate Locusts – Developers Cash in on Europe’s Poorest | SpiegelOnline

A shocking report by Der Spiegel on the coercive practices of large developers in the Berlin exploding rental market: “International financial investors have spent billions to gobble up cheap real estate in Berlin. But a look at Scharnweberstrasse 111 shows … Continue reading

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The Berlin Update: 9th February 2013

by Ares Kalandides My weekly pick of news from and on Germany. Today with the following: 1. Budesrat proposes nation-wide minimum wage 2. KfW head economist demands moderately higher wages and more public investment 3. New book on Angela Merkel … Continue reading

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Guest article: The road to utopia

by Nikos Belavilas* “We can prove that we are entitled to dream with realism, defining together and putting into practice what until yesterday was deemed unattainable.” We are experiencing the effects of market design, of a “casino-capitalism” that produces crises … Continue reading

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The Berlin Update: 4th March 2013

by Ares Kalandides My weekly pick of news with information on and from Germany. Today with the following: 1. The automobile industry in central and eastern Europe 2. Strong rise in shift and night work 3. Poverty report of the … Continue reading

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