Karlsruhe, Germany – Typography Impressions. Part I.

April 17th, 2014 (Photos & Text: © Oliver Lins)

Karlsruhe is a rather compact city with some 300.000 residents, located in southwest Germany in the state of Baden-Württemberg. It’s connection to the Rhein river and the industry which developed at it’s shore as a result, give it it’s very special charm. Besides the fantastic “Karlsruhe Palace” which lies in the center of the city (it has been speculated that Karlsruhe was a model for Washington, D.C. as both cities have a centre from which the streets radiate outward …), it is also home to the Federal Constitutional Court and the Federal Court of Justice. Noticable universities such as the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology resulted in the city turning into the Internet capitol of Germany, being now also home to IT research and many service provider companies.

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City West, Berlin – Typography Impressions Part I.

April 9th, 2014 (Photos: © Oliver Lins)

City West (formerly known as Neuer Westen (“New West”) or Zooviertel (“Zoo Quarter”)) is an area in the western part of central Berlin. It is one of Berlin’s main commercial areas, and was the commercial as well as cultural centre of former West Berlin. It stretches from Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf borough in the west to Schöneberg and Tiergarten boroughs in the east. City West came to be during the Wilhelmine era from about 1895 onwards.

In the time of the Weimar Republic, the New West was incorporated by the 1920 Greater Berlin Act and became synonymous to the swinging, golden twenties. Large cinemas such as the “Ufa-Palast am Zoo” opened up, the main locations of German film settled in and were accompanied by a lively Variety, Kabarett and nightclub scene. In 1928 Max Reinhardt took over the Kurfürstendamm theatres in the former location of the Berlin Secession. Shortly after, first antisemitic encroachments occurred on Jewish residents and shopkeepers, culminating in the Kristallnacht pogrom of 1938 …

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Chinatown, New York – Typography Impressions.

March 27th, 2014 (Photos: © Oliver Lins)

Chinatowns – much more than just districts, enriching city life around the globe. 非常感谢
Related posts: Midtown Manhattan, United Nations Headquarters, New York, Times Square, New York. Typography Impressions, 125th Street, Harlem (Or What’s Left Of It) – Typography Impressions.

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Midtown Manhattan – Typography Impressions.

March 10th, 2014 (Photos: © Oliver Lins)

Midtown is a geographic area of Manhattan in New York City. It is home to some of the city’s most iconic buildings, including the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and the United Nations Headquarters. It contains world-famous commercial zones such as the Rockefeller Center, Broadway, and Times Square. It’s the busiest single commercial district in the United States and ranks among the most intensely used pieces of real estate in the world. The majority of New York City’s skyscrapers, including its tallest hotels and apartment towers, lie within Midtown. The area hosts commuters and residents working in its offices, hotels, and retail establishments; many tourists, visiting residents, and students populate the district. Some areas, such as Times Square and Fifth Avenue, have large clusters of retail stores. Sixth Avenue in Midtown holds the headquarters of three of the four major television networks. It is a growing center of finance, second in importance within the United States only to Downtown Manhattan’s Financial District. Times Square is the center of Broadway theatre.

See our related posts: United Nations Headquarters, New York and Times Square, New York. Typography Impressions, 125th Street.

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Port of Haydarpaşa, Istanbul, Turkey. Part II – Seaport and Railway Terminal.

February 26th, 2014 (Photos: © Oliver Lins)

Haydarpaşa is a neighborhood within the Kadıköy district on the Asian part of İstanbul, located on the coast of the Sea of Marmara and bordering to Harem in the northwest and Kadıköy in the southeast. It is a historical area with almost solely public buildings from the Ottoman Era. The Haydarpaşa Terminal or Haydarpaşa Terminus (Turkish: Haydarpaşa Garı) is a major intercity terminal and transportation hub in Kadıköy. It is one of the busiest rail terminals in Turkey and also has bus and ferry connections.The terminal has a beautiful main building (opened in 1908) which houses the headquarters of District 1. It is the western terminus of the Istanbul-Ankara Main Line and of former Baghdad Railway (İstanbul-Konya-Adana-Aleppo-Baghdad) as well as the Hejaz Railway (İstanbul-Konya-Adana-Aleppo-Damascus-Amman-Medina).

On our last visit people were still free throughout Turkey, commuting and communicating as desired – let’s hope they will be again soon!

See also: Port of Haydarpaşa, Istanbul, Turkey. Part I – Container Terminal

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125th Street, Harlem (Or What’s Left Of It) – Typography Impressions.

February 12th, 2014 (Photos: © Oliver Lins)

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