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the singular character of Berlin’s spaces, present in every glimpsed courtyard and floral  summer balcony, is the character of the overgrown railway and the airport veiled in wildflowers. giving a future vision for the shiny tracks and busy roads of one-day obsolete infrastructure: the spontaneity of a relic of recent history overtaken by natural wildness.
there must be many explanations for the appeal – nostalgia, sentimentality towards ruins, childhood fantasy of planes and trains, the fantasy of after the apocalypse. the physical results are sites of strange proportions (airport runway is a long wide walk); man-made surfaces and colour slowly covered in orange leaves; and an absence of preciousness, control and safety. is it situationist dérive? wandering through disorderly urban spaces with the sound of trains, wind and birch trees.
Natur-Park Südgelände is a type A exemplar, images used in almost every project of the last few years. Tempelhof Park is covered in a dome of sky so wide and windy that tumbleweed blew across the runway. the hill and rock-climbing wall in Volkspark Humboldthain is an old bunker. and there is the red blur of a red squirrel friend to prove a point.

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