Bridge in Berlin
“Berlin” is a phenomenological poetic journey in time and space discovering the bridge’s importance, exemplified and told from a certain bridge in Berlin: Friedrichsbrücke at the Museum Island. One of the protagonists in the book is the great German Neoclassical architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel. On the journey he explains how to understand Berlin and Europe’s architectural history and spirit trough the Neoclassical architecture. Schinkel explains how his own works and how the different major architectural periods and styles have influenced and inspired him.
The “Bridge” is also a personal journey of formation, presenting fragments of the classical “Grand Tour” of the author, artist and architect Steven Daidalos. This self-reflective journey describes the importance of architecture and art for our common European identity and the insights learned from our architectural and cultural heritage. The book expresses the joy of experiencing architecture and art as a language that extends through a vast time and space continuum over many generations. Ole Pihl, Architect, Graphical Designer and Associate Professor, Department of Architecture and Design, Aalborg University.