Can you be a fan of the city you lived in? I’m a Berliner by choice – and I know my way around. On both sides of the old border, and along the vast routes of the BVG: Ick liebe Berlin in all its dirty, shiny, and sometimes slimy facets.
This fascination with Berlin can also be seen in my loving translations about great artistic and cultural projects, as well as large architectural understakings in real estate and urban development – evolving the face of the city I adore. The award-winning book about the Tacheles project, translated by yours truly, is now being read around the world. But there are many other books and projects, ranging from Urbane Mitte at Gleisdreieck to GLINT at Gendarmenmarkt to a very prominent but as yet unnamable project at the centre of Alexanderplatz.
It’s always easier to market something when you’re already a believer yourself. It’s easy for me to market Berlin as a place to live, work, exhibit, create, evolve, and be – because I love Berlin, too.