10 Highlights from Guardian Cities' "History of Cities in 50 Buildings"

09:30 - 31 May, 2015
10 Highlights from Guardian Cities' "History of Cities in 50 Buildings", Fiat Tagliero, Asmara. Image © Flickr user David Stanley
Fiat Tagliero, Asmara. Image © Flickr user David Stanley

All good things must come to an end, and Guardian Cities' excellent "History of Cities in 50 Buildings" series is sadly no exception, with only a few more left to be published before they hit 50. The whole series is definitely worth the read, bringing in the best of academic and architectural writing from guest authors and the Guardian's own Cities team, but if you're strapped for time - and if you're an architect, it's fairly likely that's true - we've rounded up 10 highlights from the list to get you started.

Amazonas Theatre, Manaus. Image © Wikimedia user Leaderfo Narkomfin Building, Moscow. Image © Wikimedia user NVO Ponte Tower, Johannesburg. Image © Flickr user fiverlocker Byker Wall Estate, Newcastle. Image © Flickr user George Rex +11

Quiksilver Showroom / Clemens Bachmann Architekten

02:00 - 31 May, 2015
Quiksilver Showroom / Clemens Bachmann Architekten, © Bernd Ducke
© Bernd Ducke
  • Architects

  • Location

    Munich, Germany
  • Architect in Charge

    Clemens Bachmann
  • Design Team

    Ben Rinkens, Nuno Mendes, Ricardo Goncalves, Brianna Cartwright, Sabine Wurm
  • Area

    1300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Bernd Ducke © Bernd Ducke © Bernd Ducke © Bernd Ducke +26

Quarter of Nations / Gerber Architekten

05:00 - 24 May, 2015
Quarter of Nations / Gerber Architekten, © HG Esch
© HG Esch

© HG Esch © HG Esch © HG Esch © HG Esch +19

Fraunhofer Research Campus Waischenfeld / Barkow Leibinger

03:00 - 22 May, 2015
Fraunhofer Research Campus Waischenfeld  / Barkow Leibinger, © Stefan Müller
© Stefan Müller
  • Architects

  • Location

    Waischenfeld, Germany
  • Architects in Charge

    Frank Barkow, Regine Leibinger
  • Area

    3813.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Stefan Müller © Stefan Müller © Stefan Müller © Stefan Müller +16

PSD Bank Office Building / Bayer & Strobel Architekten

15:00 - 21 May, 2015
PSD Bank Office Building / Bayer & Strobel Architekten, © Peter Strobel
© Peter Strobel
  • Architects

  • Location

    Bahnhofstraße 68, 66125 Saarbrücken, Germany
  • Architects in Charge

    Gunther Bayer, Peter Strobel
  • Area

    1610.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Peter Strobel © Peter Strobel © Peter Strobel © Peter Strobel +21

KreativLABs / schöne räume architektur innenarchitektur

10:00 - 16 May, 2015
KreativLABs / schöne räume architektur innenarchitektur, © Oliver Tamagnini
© Oliver Tamagnini

© Oliver Tamagnini © Oliver Tamagnini © Oliver Tamagnini © Oliver Tamagnini +22

Micro-apartment in Berlin / spamroom + johnpaulcoss

23:00 - 14 May, 2015
Micro-apartment in Berlin / spamroom + johnpaulcoss, © Ringo Paulusch
© Ringo Paulusch

© Ringo Paulusch © Ringo Paulusch © Ringo Paulusch © Ringo Paulusch +20

Familienzentrum im Steinpark Kindergarten / nbundm

22:00 - 12 May, 2015
Familienzentrum im Steinpark Kindergarten / nbundm, © Florian Schreiber
© Florian Schreiber

© Florian Schreiber © Florian Schreiber © Florian Schreiber © Florian Schreiber +21

Antivilla / Brandlhuber+ Emde, Schneider

14:00 - 10 May, 2015
Antivilla / Brandlhuber+ Emde, Schneider, © Erica Overmeer
© Erica Overmeer
  • Architects

  • Location

    Rotkehlchenweg, 14476 Potsdam, Germany
  • Design Team

    Elsa Beniada, Peter Behrbohm, Klara Bindl, Victoria Hlubek, Tobias Hönig, Cornelia Müller, Markus Rampl, Paul Reinhardt, Jacob Steinfelder, Caspar Viereckl; Structural engineering: Karin Guttmann, Robert Hartfiel, Andreas Schulz / Pichler engineers.
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Erica Overmeer © Erica Overmeer © Erica Overmeer © Erica Overmeer +27

Incredible Color Video Shows Life in Berlin at the End of WWII

09:00 - 8 May, 2015

May 8th marks the 70-year anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe, when Germany’s Third Reich surrendered to the Allied forces. To commemorate the anniversary, Konstantin von zur Muehlen has released “Spirit of Berlin,” a short color film with historic footage showing everyday life in the German capital in July 1945 -- just two months after the end of the war. 

Learn more after the break. 

What’s Behind Europe’s Grandiose Rebuilding?

05:00 - 8 May, 2015
What’s Behind Europe’s Grandiose Rebuilding?, Dresden's Baroque Frauenkirche was destroyed by Allied bombing in 1945, only to be revived in the same form in 2005
Dresden's Baroque Frauenkirche was destroyed by Allied bombing in 1945, only to be revived in the same form in 2005

Is there a growing nostalgia pervading attitudes to civic architecture in Europe? From Berlin's new Royal Palace on the River Spree to Turkey's rekindled fascination with their Ottoman heritage, architecture is becoming the medium of choice for exploring a city's roots and a people's past. In this post originally published by TheLong+Short, Feargus O'Sullivan investigates how many governments and developers have decided that the way to future lies in looking backwards.

Reading about Dubai’s Burj Khalifa in the German press, you’d be forgiven for thinking the building was in Leipzig, not the Middle East. “The tallest building in the world is so German,” said Der Spiegel when the tower opened in 2010. “The Burj Khalifa is an Ossi!" shouted Bild, using the common nickname for East Germans. The headlines were partly right: when East Germany’s old parliament building, the Palace of the Republic in Berlin, was demolished in 2006, several thousand tonnes of steel girders were stripped from its carcass and shipped to the Gulf for use in the construction of Burj Khalifa. 

Seelenkiste - Spirit Shelter Finding Arcadie / allergutendinge

06:00 - 7 May, 2015
Seelenkiste - Spirit Shelter Finding Arcadie / allergutendinge, Courtesy of allergutendinge
Courtesy of allergutendinge

Courtesy of allergutendinge Courtesy of allergutendinge Courtesy of allergutendinge Courtesy of allergutendinge +28

Central Art Depository Freiburg / Pfeifer Kuhn Architekten

06:00 - 3 May, 2015
Central Art Depository Freiburg  / Pfeifer Kuhn Architekten, © Claudius Pfeifer
© Claudius Pfeifer

© Claudius Pfeifer © Städtische Museen Freiburg - Photographer Markus Frietsch © Kuhn und Lehmann © Hannelore Pfeifer +29

IZB Residence / Stark Architekten

21:00 - 2 May, 2015
IZB Residence / Stark Architekten, © Robert Sprang
© Robert Sprang
  • Architects

  • Location

    Am Klopferspitz 2, 82152 Planegg, Germany
  • Design Team

    Claudia Kammerer, Christine Röger, Markus Müller, Nicole Arndt
  • Area

    2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Robert Sprang © Robert Sprang © Robert Sprang © Robert Sprang +35

Timber House / KÜHNLEIN Architektur

04:00 - 29 April, 2015

European School in Frankfurt / NKBAK

03:00 - 23 April, 2015
European School in Frankfurt / NKBAK , © Thomas Mayer
© Thomas Mayer
  • Architects

  • Location

    Frankfurt, Germany
  • Area

    3380.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer +37

Photographer’s Loft / Bruzkus Batek Architekten

03:00 - 22 April, 2015
Photographer’s Loft / Bruzkus Batek Architekten, Courtesy of Bruzkus Batek Architekten
Courtesy of Bruzkus Batek Architekten
  • Architects

  • Location

    Berlin, Germany
  • Design Team

    Ester Bruzkus, Ulrike Wattenbach
  • Area

    165.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Bruzkus Batek Architekten

Courtesy of Bruzkus Batek Architekten Courtesy of Bruzkus Batek Architekten Courtesy of Bruzkus Batek Architekten Courtesy of Bruzkus Batek Architekten +10

Urban Treehouse / baumraum

04:00 - 20 April, 2015
Urban Treehouse / baumraum, © Laura Fiorio
© Laura Fiorio
  • Architects

  • Location

    Zehlendorf, Berlin, Germany
  • Area

    34.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Laura Fiorio © Laura Fiorio © Laura Fiorio © Laura Fiorio +23