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Baku: brand signature

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Heydar Aliyev Cente in Baku, made by Zaha Hadid. Photo: Natalia Maiboroda

I never wanted to go to Baku, until Zaha Hadid created her statement building in Azerbaijan’s capital. The futuristic construction situated not in the very center. But it makes people travel out of the historical part, also beyond Soviet way of thinking.  Continue reading

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Beijing: future is today

Photo by Natalia Maiboroda

Galaxy Soho, Beijing. Photo by Natalia Maiboroda.

You don’t need a space machine to travel in time. Take Beijing metro (Line 2 or Line 6) and head to Chaoyangmen station. Just at the exit you will face the future.

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Berlin’s well.

”Sorry, Paris. We love Berlin!” This funny slogan is written on the poster. A lot of my friends agree with it, cos Berlin is less posh, more weird and free in a way of creativity. When I was there 7 years ago (it was 5-hour-stop on a way from Groningen to Kiev) I found it as a city without a soul. Strict architecture, visiable traces of WW2 together with winter cold gave me impression of unfriendly place. The goal of my weekend trip to Berlin was to change my negative impression. Trully saying, this was my hardest post so far. I spent a week on writing, making stops on controversial thoughts. I still have some doubts, but I am 100 % sure, that you will never find a city more historically concentrated, than Berlin. Continue reading

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Barcelona’s termitary.

I’m impressed how termites built their shelter: thousands of fugitive insects construct so-called small towers and connect them to columns of neighbors one by one. In such a chaotic work millimeters of turrets turns in hundreds of years into 10 m hight natural masterpiece. For the main Spanish highlight  Sagrada Familia it is also needed a lot of time to be finished. But the main similarity with termitary is that the insects never have any schemes or sketches and construct just by inspiration. Just like the Great Gaudi. Continue reading

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