13 Jul '11, 4pm

Germany's creative class turns sustainability's limits into innovation engine

Germany's creative class turns sustainability's limits into innovation engine

And I will most definitely need to come back to the stunning feats of repurposing and innovative design I found at Zollverein in Essen . The city itself was once the epicenter of Germany’s industrial heartland, the Ruhrgebiet. (My father, who was a fighter pilot in the Canadian Air Force stationed in Germany during the late 1960s, remembers a brown cloud of smog hanging over the region 24/7.) Zollverein itself was once the country’s largest coal mine and processing plant; it was nearly razed in the early 1990s until a state politician recognized its unique Bauhaus-inspired architectural design. It is now a UNESCO World Hertiage Site housing a stylish, bucolic cluster of museums and galleries including a design museum for the prestigious Red Dot Awards for product design. A new design institute will open this fall in a hyper-efficient marvel of a new building designed by Pr...

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