Living at white heat has taken its toll on me. I have about two more weeks in Berlin and I am struggling to make it. I am having fun, of course, but I am a bit tired of living out of a suitcase, traveling in a herd, and thinking about architecture / urbanism. I need some downtime soon.
But, Berlin is a great city. We have rented bikes for the month and I have ridden more this month than in my entire life. We rode the entire length of the Berlin Wall a few days ago (well, the part in the city center) and have seen so much here. Berliners party like no one else in the world; club policy is they shut down "when the last patron has left" which usually happens around noon the next day. I know this because our studio is on the 10th floor of an office building in East Berlin (off Alexanderplatz) and there is a club called "Weekend" on the 12th-15th floors. We hear the bass from the club going through the night and into the next afternoon. Then, Monday morning it returns to being a respectable office building; truly a strange transformation.
I am up to my eyeballs in numbers. Our project consists of FARS's, Lot Coverage, Migration trends, trash-->ethanol, Biomass, shrinking populations, growing single population, growing sectors of business, reuse of Plattenbauten, trash, trash and more trash.... all of that must control the design. It's very MVRDV, and it's fun, but it's a very dogmatic way to make decisions. My project is, in a nutshell, based on trash generation and renewable energy, and I have titled it Eurotrash: Berlin. I will upload the cover page soon, it's pretty funny / good.
So, on August 1st, I fly to Texas for 10 days and then back to LA. Alles Gut. I just need a break and a lot more money, I don't even want to tell you how much I have spent; financially, physically and emotionally.