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Translating city names: tradition or history?

Welcome to London. Bienvenido a Londres. Benvenuto a Londra. Three different names for three different languages. Why does culture impose a change of name when it comes to translating names of countries and cities. Another more relevant example is that of Deutschland: “þeudō” meant “people” in Common Germanic, so “Þeodisk” means “belonging to the people“; Germany…

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Abstract Architecture: Part 2 – Berlin’s ghosts

Our journey in the world that never was, is today taking us to Berlin. The German capital is today a modern city, its architecture reflects all of the recent evolution phases that Germany has gone through, in particular the German Empire, the Nazi government, the post-War divide and the national unification in the 1990s. The…

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Abstract Architecture: Part 1 – The Elephant of the Bastille

So, this week I’m in Paris! One of the places I’m really looking forward to visit is the Bastille. I’m as much attracted by concrete architecture as much as I am by abstract places, things that do not exist anymore and that, therefore, stimulate my imagination. I will envision the Bastille exactly where it stood,…