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Though the work we do as designers and architects is exciting and challenging, inevitably, our enthusiasm for the new and beautiful wanes as we become entrenched in our repetitive tasks. Our office decided on travel as a way to renew our excitement about the design process. We chose to visit Berlin because it has more building projects than any other city, with the world’s best architects making their imprints on its reconstruction. Berlin also has a long and rich history of innovative multi-family housing, from the Bauhaus developments in the fringe of the city to the IBA expositions closer to the center. Much of this housing is Government sponsored “Social Housing.” We benefitted immeasurably from experiencing firsthand the numerous building projects of Berlin.

We arrived in Berlin on Saturday afternoon, November 27th. We spent the first day in Berlin wandering as we please, jetlagged but curious.