Berlin Travels: Abandoned Spy Tower


Hey again guys! I flew back from Berlin tonight and am happy to be back on the blog! I was visiting family [in both Köln + Berlin] and they took me to the coolest spots! Since I have quite a few events + photos I want to share, I thought I would just dive right into them now--starting with the coolest place, an abandoned British and American spy tower on the top of a hill in Teufelsberg!

We climbed to the top of man-made Teufelsberg, literally meaning "Devil's Mountain." Oooh, scary. It was made from the war rubble of bombed houses and on the hike up you could see the bricks peeking up through the soil. The place has now become home to tons of graffiti paintings, which have become the main attraction of the place. This site was recommended to me by a friend so I was really happy to get the chance to go! It was rad! 

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As you can see, words aren't really necessary to describe this cool place. I felt very inspired after our time here [and inspired by all of Berlin in fact!] It's a city I could see myself spending another year abroad in. There is just so much to see and it has the perfect grungy mix of art and history that I love. I live for these kinds of places! 


And I had to leave you with one last photo, which is one of my favorites from the trip. I love Berlin because I can sense that things are happening there, and it makes me so excited. These days between working for an urban renewal firm and exploring cool European cities, I really feel passionate about making changes that you want to see in your city happen.

Anyways...that was an excited architecture nerd tangent, but I hope you enjoyed this look into my trip! I'll be sharing at least 2 more posts from my Berlin adventures because they were just too good.  

See you on Sunday! x, Paige. 

Moodboard: Photography Infill Museum

Just yesterday I presented my first project of the semester. I plan to share that with you next week, but before I do I wanted to all share some of my process.

Moodboards are something I have seen many graphic designers utilize, and I figured, why can't architects do the same? I've started a new habit of creating a Pinterest board for each design project I begin. It helps me stay focused on the mood I want to convey in my design and renderings. It also helps me to pinpoint the similarities occurring in each photo, which further points me in the direction I want to take. 

Photo credits:   1   |   2   | 3 |   4   |   5   |   6   |   7   |   Image 3 is my own photograph, of the Ludesch Community Center, Austria

Photo credits: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | | Image 3 is my own photograph, of the Ludesch Community Center, Austria

This assignment challenged us to design a photography museum in the Vesterbro neighborhood of Copenhagen, on an urban infill site. I wanted to convey contrast of lighting, simplicity, and flexibility in my design. Check back next week to see my design!


What helps you get inspired? Tell me below! x. Paige