Rest assured, Manuel isn't stuck in infancy (though his capacities as editor, sound guy or 'manager' don't always fully live up to this claim). Currently managed to shipwreck in Berlin (and still in tune), he keeps dipping into all sorts of stuff, some of which may yield a few really nice things in the long run. Rumour has it, hope dies last!
The development of Holzmarkt has shown that Berlin is capable of both imagining and creating places of social cooperation. Once organisers of illegal raves, a group of friends are now building a whole new district; and with it, reimagining the city's future.
Ruhrtriennale is a festival of art nested within architecture. Taking place in some of the world's most imposing industrial ruins, it has pioneered an innovative approach to protecting industrial buildings and highlighting their cultural legacy. Manuel Zabel went to the Ruhr to see for himself.
Once an industrial hub, Germany's Ruhr region has been forced to change with the global economy. The direction of those changes have been shaped significantly by the public and innovative art organisations like the Urbane Künste Ruhr, writes Manuel Zabel.