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MAGAZINE

The voice of Germany The new design style Interview with Hansi Woo The sounds of Germany

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Deutsche Welle Magazine Issue 3,March 2014 Published 19.02.2014 ISSN 2051-7718 Published by Scan Magazine Ltd. Design & Print Liquid Graphic Ltd. Executive Editor Thomas Winther Creative Director Mads E. Petersen Editor Tina Awtani

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Content March Issue No.3 012 // Electronic Swing

The new way of German music

019 // Hamburg Insight Pictures of the City

021 // The Future of Artdeco Design Matthais Muller

027 // A Long Time Ago Franz Boolk about his best seller

012 // Interview

The political views of a party

019 // Berlins Secrets

Story of the new hidden places

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Immigration Debate Overheated WHY doesn’t work integration today? Derided as “poverty immigrants” in Germany and “benefit tourists” in Britain, largely Roma immigrants from Romania and Bulgaria are the subject of growing political attacks in Europe this year. The German Association of Cities is warning that the debate -- fueled by politicians from Germany’s Christian

Social Union (CSU) threatens to spiral out of control.“We’re not dealing with a national challenge,” Ulrich Maly, the association president and mayor of Nuremberg said. “The problems are concentrated in around 12 major cities.” There, he added, “the social problems are concentrated in a few parts of the cities.” Maly also warned that the current debate is creating the “disastrous impression that all Bulgarians and Romanians who come to us are poverty immi-

On average, working immigrants actually pay money into the state coffers through taxes and other duties. grants and that many of them are here to cheat the social system.” He admonished his fellow Germans not to overdramatize problems with immigrants as some sort of mass phenomenon. For days now, the media in Germany has focused on the issue. Members

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The Association of German cities this week played down depictions that an influx of immigrants from Romania and Bulgaria is causing major problems for the country. IMMIGRATION - 05


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this beloved asset with something that ticks all those boxes? Ambition has always been the engine for innovation. And the team at Woodero were indeed ambitious when they had the idea for the wooden iPad case. A case, which is not only entirely madesister party to Chancellor Merkel’s Christian Democrats, have fanned the debate, arguing that unskilled immigrants from Bulgaria and Romania should not be given immediate access to Germany’s generous social welfare system. Hans-Peter Friedrich, who served as interior minister until December, led the debate against what he labeled “poverty immigrants”. Voices have also been critical within Merkel’s CDU. Last week, Elmar Brok, a prominent CDU member of the European Parliament, told the mass-circulation daily Bild: “Immigrants who come to Germany only for unem-

Their is a well educated Minor who wants help to change. Let’s face it, we all love our iPads and want to keep themsafe. But we also love its simple design and clear functions. So why not go a little step further and protect this beloved asset with something that ticks all those boxes? Ambition has always been the engine for innovation.And the team at Woodero were indeed ambitious when they had the idea for the wooden iPad case. A case, which is not only entirely made of wood and hence eco-friendly, but also serves its function brilliantly. functions. So why not go a little step further and protect

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Strategic sounds made in Germany the world of tones We are constantly surrounded by a flood of tones, some of which only our subconsciousness notices. In the business world though, a special sound can make all the difference. The agency, based in Konstanz, Germany, has already helped dozens of businesses to create that memorable tune, setting them apart from the competition. The two main fields are defined as Whereas Audio Branding,

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which concentrates on creating an acoustic identity of the brand and Audio Interaction, which develops functional sounds for items that we use every day, such as households. “Aside from our high standards regarding sound aesthetics, we see ourselves as providers of impulses, and sound strategists with a pronounced sense of the functional context of where a specific sound is implied,” says Rainer Hirt when asked how Audity differs. “Furthermore, we have a particular interest in scientific research. This allows us to supply our clients with sound solutions that are scientifically proven as well as inno-


Music is like wine “Our task was to find out if different taste impressions could be transformed into sounds,” remembers Hirt. That’s why we speak, for example, of a round wine. We use optical features to describe tastes.

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Right now there is an abundance of exciting quality design coming out of Germany

As true pioneers of unique design trends and lifestyle tendencies, here are some of the noteworthy frontrunners, shaping both the German and the international design landscape.

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Dedicated to Design Sustainable material, smart functions and a clean design Asked where his motivation for constant innovation springs from, Dirk Schumann, who founded Schumanndesign in 1992, does not hesitate before replying:

“From a curiosity for new technology, global social developments, and an interest in the sciences.” This curiosity has led his firm to the pinnacle of classic industrial and product design, conceiving projects that have achieved worldwide rec-

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Wooden Lamp By Laura Klum

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ognition, and earned the company numerous design awards including multiple Red Dot Awards/Best of the Best, IF-Awards and the Gold Prize awarded by Minister of International Trade and Industry Prize in Osaka. Dealing with the hurdles that arise during a project’s conception can be perplexing but it is partly due to the vast experience held by Schumann, with over 30 years of experience in the field of design, ensuring that his projects are followed through to comthe market in an optimal state.

Cupe Illusion By LArs Boll

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The new German Gentleman Hunky, Handsome and Weak For single women visitors, the dating game in Germany can at first seem like a free, gourmet buffet. The men are almost all impressively tall, many are blond and, almost invariably, they are extremely handsome with the bodies of Adonis. Even better, they dress well, smell of expensive eau de Cologne, and they’re intelligent. Indeed, the first impression is so overwhelming that it almost always leads directly to the first German dating no-no: Expecting that going to a party full of such hunks will yield a catch.

At first glance, the blond six-foot hunks populating Germany make the place seem like a heaven for women. Until you start dating. German men are much more difficult than you might think.


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W. Herrndorf about Tschick

Who is Gerhard schröder?

Tschick is about two boys on the verge of becoming men, Maik Klingenberg and Andrej Tschichatschow (“Tschick”) and their summer holidays. Both are outsiders: Maik is considered boring by his cool classmates and Tschick, well, he’s an ethnic German immigrant from Russia, comes to class drunk and generally doesn’t give a shit about the other kids in the class. Let me start by saying that I haven’t been this thoroughly entertained by a book in a while, especially not by a German book (which may have something to do with the fact that I’ve done little German reading lately). I have to say I went into this a little sceptical, because you know how it often is when an adult out.

Schröder was born in Mossenberg, today an outlying centre of Blomberg, in what is now North Rhine-Westphalia. His father, Fritz Schröder, a lance corporal in the Wehrmacht, was killed in action in World War II in Romania on 4 October 1944, a few months after Gerhard’s birth. His mother, Erika, worked as an agricultural laborer so that she could support herself and her two sons.

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Woman of the Bauhaus

Wolfgang Joop was born in Potsdam, on November 18, 1944. Wolfgang Joop studied advertising psychology at the University of Braunschweig. He was later invited to become an honorary professor of fashion design at the Universität der Künste in Berlin. He began his fashion career working with his former wife Karin when in 1968 they were awarded all three first prizes in a design competition. Professionally he had been working as both a fashion illustrator and journalist and as a freelance designer for fashion houses in Italy, France and Germany. He is also well known in England.

Gunta Stölzl had been with the Bauhaus in its earliest days, and had made herself indispensable in many different areas of the school’s operation. However, she was not nominated or selected by the council of masters. The Bauhaus had never planned to entrust the leadership of a workshop to the hands of a woman. Some six years, or 12 semesters after she entered the school, she was accorded the position of work master. She performed a really demanding job managing the workshop’s move from Weimar to Dessau.

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Live Large on a Little Campgrounds Go Residential in Germany Manfred Moser says he’s found his paradise. Just a few steps from his front door, then down a small flight of stone steps, and he’s there. When Moser sits on his bench and the watches the sun set over the lake, it’s not hard to understand what he means. “I’m never going to find anything more beautiful than this,” the 70-year-old says. Moser’s bench sits directly at the edge of Lake Starnberg, quite a classy address. For the last 15 years, he has lived at a campground in Ambach, around 40 kilometers (25

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miles) southwest of Munich. A 1975 motorhome on a 100-square-meter (1,000-square-foot) lot is his own personal castle. He gave up his apartment in the Schwabing district of Munich long ago.

Moser pays just €2,300 a year in rent, which includes gas and electric, for his paradise. Was it financial need, then, that brought him here? “Nonsense,” Moser says. “I have a good pension.” moved


An increasing number of people are moving to German campgrounds permanently to save money. The little communities of motorhomes and trailers offer a comfortable yet affordable lifestyle that residents say they couldn’t find elsewhere.

People come to me because things are safe and orderly here

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In recent years, crystal meth use seems to have exploded in Germany. As researchers are discovering, the population of users is much more diverse than many people expect.


The High Before the Crash Germany’s Crystal Meth Pandemic The police received the emergency call at six o’clock in the morning on a Sunday. Patrick (not his real name) was screaming into his phone: “I’m being shot at!” Police special forces moved in -- and, when they got there, discovered that a light bulb in Patrick’s IKEA lamp had exploded. Only a few weeks later, the ambulance was

called back to Patrick’s residence in the Bavarian city of Landshut. The 30-year-old had jumped out of the third floor window of his pre-war building in a panic. He had broken his shin in two places and splintered his heel bone because he thought he was being pursued by the Mafia. In the Upper Franconia area of Bavaria, and

experts worry that meth speaks to a larger target group than sedatives like cannabis.

in the eastern German state of Saxony, there are now more meth addicts looking for help than alcoholics. “We need more education,” says the new federal drug commissioner, Marlene Mortler of the conservative Christian Social Union. Unlike her predecessor, DISCOVERING - 19


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