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Discovering Strasbourg

Strasbourg is the largest and most important town of the Alsace region in France, situated at the river Rhein close Germany. Historically the region as the town itself was contested between these two major European powers and both cultures are visible in the urban landscape up until today. Large parts of the old town consist of bourgeois houses with timber framing, which are also characteristic for the neighbouring Schwarzwald region in Germany (pictures 1, 5, 7). Other parts of the town like the Gothic churches and neoclassic museums (pictures 3, 4) on the other hand recall similar buildings in Paris. Strasbourg is a lovely town and surely an interesting melange of European cultures.

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Perspectives on Warsaw

Warsaw may not be a beautiful city in the traditional sense of the word, but it sure is a very interesting and vibrant place. Built up from the ashes in the 1950s it was constructed with communist ideals und new technological developments in mind. The streets are broad and made for a lot of traffic, while residential buildings rise up in the sky surrounded by a surprising amount of green. Since the 90s Warsaw is the undisputed capital of capitalism in Poland, so many new skyscrapers were built since then. Nowadays the communist and capitalist structures form an interesting although at times contradictory symphony.

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Perspectives on Japan

Travelling through Japan one is noticing certain reoccurring shapes and symmetries which are mirrored in nature. Some being more obvious like the traditional roof shapes (pictures 1,2,3), which resemble the most famous mountain of the country Fuji-san, others are hidden and have to be found by the foreign visitor. While in general the Japanese prefer strong lines and square patterns over round ones, the curated gardens feature very often soft and oval shapes making for a relaxing and nice atmosphere (pictures 4,5,6).

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