NOW HAUS

////////////NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH//////////////////////SIEMENSDAMM, BERLIN/////////////
I present to you some actual Bauhaus-contemporary architecture! In the 1920’s and ‘30’s there was a search for a “Gartenstadt” or garden-city. When the Siemenssiedlung was constructed, Siemens’s Blue-collar workers had a small pocket of Berlin that they could retire home to. Famous German architects like Hugo Herring, Hans Scharoun, and of course Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius designed neighboring structures that allowed working class families to have all the conveniences of Modern living; the complexes were situated directly between the U Bahn train stations and the Volkspark. Each building has a stretch of green land between the building and the street and each apartment has a balcony. While individual families’ needs were important, the architects also wanted to create a sense of community between the neighboring workers. To reinforce the community, hallways were designed as meeting points and Le Corbusier-esque gardens line roofs. The ship motif is another important connector between the urban and natural environments. 
May 9

////////////NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH//////////////////////SIEMENSDAMM, BERLIN/////////////

I present to you some actual Bauhaus-contemporary architecture! In the 1920’s and ‘30’s there was a search for a “Gartenstadt” or garden-city. When the Siemenssiedlung was constructed, Siemens’s Blue-collar workers had a small pocket of Berlin that they could retire home to. Famous German architects like Hugo Herring, Hans Scharoun, and of course Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius designed neighboring structures that allowed working class families to have all the conveniences of Modern living; the complexes were situated directly between the U Bahn train stations and the Volkspark. Each building has a stretch of green land between the building and the street and each apartment has a balcony. While individual families’ needs were important, the architects also wanted to create a sense of community between the neighboring workers. To reinforce the community, hallways were designed as meeting points and Le Corbusier-esque gardens line roofs. The ship motif is another important connector between the urban and natural environments. 

////////////NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH////////////////NASA OUTERSPACE COLONY/////////////////

Even before the Russians won the Space Race and entered the Final Frontier, humans have wondered if and when civilization will one day live in outer space. Astronomers, Sci-Fi novelists, architects and drug enthusiasts alike have imagined the reality of this prospect. 
Architects like Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier were keen on improving Modern cities and the Futurist artist Antonio Sant’Elia designed his famous “citta nuova.” Stephen Hawking concludes his book A Grand Design with a subtle urging for humanity to begin the move to infinity and beyond before it becomes too late and our vices seal Earth’s fate.   
In the 1970’s, a physicist named Gerard O’Neill from Princeton University began designing a scheme for giant orbiting colonies in space. The NASA website for these Space Settlements describes the venture as follows:
"Humanity has the power to fill outer space with life. Today our solar system is filled with plasma, gas, dust, rock, and radiation — but very little life; just a thin film around the third rock from the Sun. We can change that. In the 1970’s Princeton physicist Gerard O’Neill with the help of NASA Ames Research Center and Stanford University showed that we can build giant orbiting spaceships and live in them. These orbital space colonies could be wonderful places to live; about the size of a California beach town and endowed with weightless recreation, fantastic views, freedom, elbow-room in spades, and great wealth. In time, we may see hundreds of thousands of orbital space settlements in our solar system alone. Building these settlements will be an evolutionary event in magnitude similar to, if not greater than, ocean-based Life’s colonization of land half a billion years ago."
The concept is exciting and seems to have been in the making for nearly 50 years at this point. While you wait for construction to begin, why not check out the photo gallery? 
May 6

////////////NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH////////////////NASA OUTERSPACE COLONY/////////////////

Even before the Russians won the Space Race and entered the Final Frontier, humans have wondered if and when civilization will one day live in outer space. Astronomers, Sci-Fi novelists, architects and drug enthusiasts alike have imagined the reality of this prospect. 

Architects like Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier were keen on improving Modern cities and the Futurist artist Antonio Sant’Elia designed his famous “citta nuova.” Stephen Hawking concludes his book A Grand Design with a subtle urging for humanity to begin the move to infinity and beyond before it becomes too late and our vices seal Earth’s fate.   

In the 1970’s, a physicist named Gerard O’Neill from Princeton University began designing a scheme for giant orbiting colonies in space. The NASA website for these Space Settlements describes the venture as follows:

"Humanity has the power to fill outer space with life. Today our solar system is filled with plasma, gas, dust, rock, and radiation — but very little life; just a thin film around the third rock from the Sun. We can change that. In the 1970’s Princeton physicist Gerard O’Neill with the help of NASA Ames Research Center and Stanford University showed that we can build giant orbiting spaceships and live in them. These orbital space colonies could be wonderful places to live; about the size of a California beach town and endowed with weightless recreation, fantastic views, freedom, elbow-room in spades, and great wealth. In time, we may see hundreds of thousands of orbital space settlements in our solar system alone. Building these settlements will be an evolutionary event in magnitude similar to, if not greater than, ocean-based Life’s colonization of land half a billion years ago."

The concept is exciting and seems to have been in the making for nearly 50 years at this point. While you wait for construction to begin, why not check out the photo gallery? 



///////////MIXTAPE SERIES/////////////////PART II////////////////†C.V. STARR†/////////////////////
The C.V. Starr Mixtape explores the parallel phenomenon of being lost in space with growing old and becoming more confused than ever. 

Track list:
The Notorious B.I.G. & Frank Sinatra - New York, New York The Guess Who - Shakin’ All Over Lauryn Hill - Can’t Take My Eyes Off You Miami Nights 1984 - Sunset Cruise My Favorite - Homeless Club Kids The Chordettes - Lollipop Elvis Presley - (Marie’s the Name) of his Latest Flame Icona Pop - Sun Goes Down feat. the Knocks The Notorious B.I.G. & Frank Sinatra - New York, New York
Image: Marta-Kristen from “Lost in Space” (1965)
May 3

///////////MIXTAPE SERIES/////////////////PART II////////////////†C.V. STARR†/////////////////////

The C.V. Starr Mixtape explores the parallel phenomenon of being lost in space with growing old and becoming more confused than ever. 

Track list:

The Notorious B.I.G. & Frank Sinatra - New York, New York 
The Guess Who - Shakin’ All Over 
Lauryn Hill - Can’t Take My Eyes Off You 
Miami Nights 1984 - Sunset Cruise 
My Favorite - Homeless Club Kids 
The Chordettes - Lollipop 
Elvis Presley - (Marie’s the Name) of his Latest Flame 
Icona Pop - Sun Goes Down feat. the Knocks 
The Notorious B.I.G. & Frank Sinatra - New York, New York

Image: Marta-Kristen from “Lost in Space” (1965)

May 2

///////////////////TANZ IN DEN MAI////////DANCE INTO MAY//////////////////////////

Yesterday was the first of May. In America we call this day “May Day,” which I believe derives from some sort of military event…or the summer solstice harvest. In either case, we celebrate May Day by attaching ribbons or daisy chains to a central pole and dance around it until the pole has been sufficiently wrapped in spring colors, flowers, and love. In Berlin, however, we celebrate nonstop from the last day of April until the end of May 1st by filling the streets with Minimal Techno and Electric Swing beats, bratwurst barbecues, Socialist demonstrations, and 2€ beers. Just replace the porn-star chicks in “Pump up the Jams” with overweight German men in leather and you should have an idea of how to “keep the party pumpin’.” Let’s dance into May 2nd, shall we?

/////////////SPRING CLEANING////////////////

Gallery Weekend Berlin ends today with a backdrop of newly budding flowers, lush trees, pockets of blue sky, and a renewed Berliner Luft. It is springtime in Berlin. Now Haus’s time of hibernation during the brutal winter is over and the combination of Gallery Weekend and the 7th Biennale has been simultaneously exhausting and invigorating. I have decided to begin a series of interviews featuring some of the artistic volk I have had the pleasure of meeting during my time here. Los geht’s! 
Image: Friederich Kunath painting from “Things We Did When We Were Dead” at BQ Gallery - Weydingerstraße 10, 10178 Berlin-Mitte
Apr 29

/////////////SPRING CLEANING////////////////

Gallery Weekend Berlin ends today with a backdrop of newly budding flowers, lush trees, pockets of blue sky, and a renewed Berliner Luft. It is springtime in Berlin. Now Haus’s time of hibernation during the brutal winter is over and the combination of Gallery Weekend and the 7th Biennale has been simultaneously exhausting and invigorating. I have decided to begin a series of interviews featuring some of the artistic volk I have had the pleasure of meeting during my time here. Los geht’s

Image: Friederich Kunath painting from “Things We Did When We Were Dead” at BQ Gallery - Weydingerstraße 10, 10178 Berlin-Mitte

Mar 18

Have you ever wondered what English sounds like to Italian TV show hosts from the ‘70’s?

Having cheaper rent in Berlin means walking up six flights of stairs alongside an untouched elevator. The elevator company hasn’t been paid yet and thus remains the elevator off. It just means I get a roof (Dachgeschoß) patio and an excuse to eat massive amounts of küchen on it.
Happy Pi Day (3/14) and 2 week mark of my new home in Berlin! 
Mar 14

Having cheaper rent in Berlin means walking up six flights of stairs alongside an untouched elevator. The elevator company hasn’t been paid yet and thus remains the elevator off. It just means I get a roof (Dachgeschoß) patio and an excuse to eat massive amounts of küchen on it.

Happy Pi Day (3/14) and 2 week mark of my new home in Berlin! 

If you have engaged in a conversation with me concerning travel, fashion, or interior design in the past three months, there is no doubt that the word “Scandinavia” has arisen. There is much to be caught up with, but in short I have crossed the Atlantic to live in Berlin for 5 months. My intensive language course includes four Danes, two Dutch students, and a girl from Finland (among other nationalities represented). Needless to say, my desire to see the woods of a Netherlandish clog, the green grass of Amsterdam’s coffee house pastures, and sleek pavements of Stockholm street style has only grown stronger in the taunting Scandinavian presence before me. To my delight, I happened across a boutique that had been recommended to me by a previous ex-pat Berliner. Think Zara prices with Acne aesthetic—add palettes of neon and pastel and multiply the collection to match an APC breadth of selection and PRESTO—a boutique called Cos in the Unter den Linden area of Berlin near my school, the Humboldt University. It is on the Französische Straße U Bahn line. I later learned that Cos is a 5 year old branch of H & M. I’m not sure if this disappoints me or encourages me to purchase that many more items than just my ideal black French-cut bikini top. Take a gander at the Cos website and see where the Scandinavian border is drawn between fashion and style. 
Mar 12

If you have engaged in a conversation with me concerning travel, fashion, or interior design in the past three months, there is no doubt that the word “Scandinavia” has arisen. There is much to be caught up with, but in short I have crossed the Atlantic to live in Berlin for 5 months. My intensive language course includes four Danes, two Dutch students, and a girl from Finland (among other nationalities represented). Needless to say, my desire to see the woods of a Netherlandish clog, the green grass of Amsterdam’s coffee house pastures, and sleek pavements of Stockholm street style has only grown stronger in the taunting Scandinavian presence before me. To my delight, I happened across a boutique that had been recommended to me by a previous ex-pat Berliner. Think Zara prices with Acne aesthetic—add palettes of neon and pastel and multiply the collection to match an APC breadth of selection and PRESTO—a boutique called Cos in the Unter den Linden area of Berlin near my school, the Humboldt University. It is on the Französische Straße U Bahn line. I later learned that Cos is a 5 year old branch of H & M. I’m not sure if this disappoints me or encourages me to purchase that many more items than just my ideal black French-cut bikini top. Take a gander at the Cos website and see where the Scandinavian border is drawn between fashion and style. 

//////////// MIXTAPE SERIES //// PART I ///////////////////////////////////
† MALIBU † BARBIE †

I wish I could say that this Mixtape comes ironically to the blistering cold season, but December and January have been real climate bores. I had been compiling a playlist for this mixtape for months and finally got my technicalities straight to do it fo’ real. Think of neon lights, Hawaiian Tropic suntan lotion, rollerskating down a boardwalk, and sweet ‘90’s youth. My Malibu Barbie’s hair changed color in 1995, but now all I want is for this New York student’s climate to be lightened. 
TRACKLIST:
SWIMMING THROUGH THE BLUE LAGOON // SALLY SHAPIRO
FEEL IT ALL AROUND // WASHED OUT
SEA SEX AND SUN (DEMON RITCHIE MIX) // SERGE GAINSBOURG
LAST ONE AWAKE // MEMORY CASSETTE
SUMMER OF LOVE (IAN CAREY REMIX) // SUNLOVERZ
MIEN // MILLIONYOUNG
BIG LOVE // CFCF
HOT (WIN CLUB MIX) // INNA
THE SCARLETT EMPRESS // COLLEGE 
Jan 30

//////////// MIXTAPE SERIES //// PART I ///////////////////////////////////

† MALIBU † BARBIE †

I wish I could say that this Mixtape comes ironically to the blistering cold season, but December and January have been real climate bores. I had been compiling a playlist for this mixtape for months and finally got my technicalities straight to do it fo’ real. Think of neon lights, Hawaiian Tropic suntan lotion, rollerskating down a boardwalk, and sweet ‘90’s youth. My Malibu Barbie’s hair changed color in 1995, but now all I want is for this New York student’s climate to be lightened. 

TRACKLIST:

SWIMMING THROUGH THE BLUE LAGOON // SALLY SHAPIRO

FEEL IT ALL AROUND // WASHED OUT

SEA SEX AND SUN (DEMON RITCHIE MIX) // SERGE GAINSBOURG

LAST ONE AWAKE // MEMORY CASSETTE

SUMMER OF LOVE (IAN CAREY REMIX) // SUNLOVERZ

MIEN // MILLIONYOUNG

BIG LOVE // CFCF

HOT (WIN CLUB MIX) // INNA

THE SCARLETT EMPRESS // COLLEGE 

My friend has an eye for das Bauhaus. And apparently barbecue does as well.
Jan 19

My friend has an eye for das Bauhaus. And apparently barbecue does as well.

Dec 20

Audrey Hepburn explores dance once she arrives in Paris in the film Funny Face (1957). This is how it’s done. 

Dec 20

On a local television dance show in Idaho in February 1958, local teens dance to one of the biggest dance crazes out of the late-1950’s called The Stroll, which originated from American Bandstand. This dance was performed in a line formed with boys on one side and girls on the other, creating an isle between them. The boy and girl in the front of the line would meet up in the middle, grab hands and stroll their way down the line, as the other kids in the line would move their way up to the front using the same dance steps that the couple moving down the line would use, but move from side to side instead. When the first couple made their way down the line, another couple would meet in the middle and stroll down the isle. (taken from YouTube)

= painfully awkward

Dec 19

"Be my Baby" - the Ronettes (Ronnie controversially became Phil Spector’s wife)

I love me a good simulacrum.
Dec 12

I love me a good simulacrum.