UNBUILDING WALLS AT THE BIENNALE IN VENICE

In the year 2018 Germany has been united for 28 years, exactly as long as the Berlin Wall (1961-1989) existed. On the occasion of this “time equinox” GRAFT and Marianne Birthler will present the exhibition "Unbuilding Walls" from the 26th of May 2018 in the German Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Biennale in Venice.

The exhibition responds to current debates on nations, protectionism and demarcation. In the German Pavilion GRAFT and Marianne Birthler use the time equinox as an opportunity to investigate the effects of division and the process of healing as a dynamic spatial phenomenon. Particular attention is paid to outstanding urban and architectural examples. We are delighted that Checkpoint Charlie will also be part of the exhibition. The current discussion about past, present and future will be woven into the urban concept. More information: Unbuilding Walls.de

(Photocredit: Pablo Castagnola)

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It has become a beautiful Trockland tradition that we, together with our team members, friends, and business partners commit the start of each construction project with our very own way of laying the foundation stone: We place a Zohar in the grounds as a symbol of an immaterial foundation. The Zohar is considered the most significant writing of the Kabbalah and goes back to biblical texts. The name Zohar means "radiant shine". As part of the ceremony, we want to symbolically expose the positive energy of the Zohar into the construction site in order to ignite the transformation from the past into the future; from separation and mistrust to unity and freedom.

We were especially delighted that Karen Berg, the head of the Kabbalah Centres worldwide, accompanied the ceremony on our western plot at Checkpoint Charlie with her inspiring words. We say thank you to all those involved for their continuous support and wish lots of success.

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We are proudly welcoming our first project outside of Berlin: Together with the Mayor of Potsdam and Brandenburg’s Under-secretary of Economics and Energy we announced today in a press conference the development of a new hub for the digital transformation on the grounds of the former RAW. Dating back to 1838, the RAW served over 150 years as a railway repair and maintenance center for wagons as well as locomotives and was eventually discontinued in 1999. Located very close to Potsdam Central Station, the site’s core is the so-called “New Hall” from 1912. Today under monument protection, it will be refurbished and complemented with new construction. Trockland’s vision for the project is the creation of a future-oriented microcosm, where a lively and symbiotic exchange between science, established companies, organizations, and start-ups will take place.

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND SOME 2018 TRIVIA

The holiday season and the New Year are for many a time of joy and reflection. For Trockland, 2017 was a successful year since it brought us new team members new projects. Therefore, we will start with gratitude and verve into 2018 and are curious, what the New Year will bring us.
With the Chinese New Year the "Year Of The Dog" begins, which is also connected with the element "Earth". Both stand for honesty, loyalty, reliability, sense of order and productivity – these values are a good basis for our work in the coming year. What else will we bring in 2018? There is the Football World Cup in Russia in July. Incidentally, next year Moscow celebrates its 100th anniversary as the country’s capital (again). Many significant figures in history would celebrate their 100th birthday, including John F. Kennedy, Leonard Bernstein and Nelson Mandela. 75 years ago, the book "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was published and has become one of the most successful books in history. Israel celebrates the 70th anniversary of the founding of the state and the EU has proclaimed 2018 the "European Heritage Year – Architecture and Construction Culture Heritage ". Especially for us, the latter is a very positive sign!

We wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May 2018 be “your year”!

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TROCKLAND BRINGS PROPERTY MANAGEMENT IN-HOUSE

Trockland is continuously working on improving all measures in the asset life cycle. Our latest initiative is the development and integration of our own property management department. Now part of asset management, Trockland Property Management both caters to own and third-party properties. As we constantly strive to offer better services to tenants, we are very happy to announce two new and very experienced colleagues joining us: Ms Jessica Liese, head of property management, and Mr Christian Kietzmann, property manager. We have known the two experts for many years and worked successfully together. The new property management is available by phone at +49 30 2363137-136 and by e-mail at hausverwaltung[at]trockland[dot]com

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It has become a fine tradition for Trockland to celebrate the kick-off of a project with all involved, including the team, construction partners, and business partners. Once again it was time to come together to celebrate the outset of PIER 61|63 at the stylish Sage restaurant. Located at the opposite river banks of PIER 61|63, it was the perfect ending point of the preceding guided Berlin Wall tour. On this occasion, we would like to thank our guests and hosts for their time and stimulating conversations.

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Since its inception in 2015, the ID Festival Berlin has been offering Israeli-German artists a platform to present their works to a larger audience in Berlin. This year, the ID Festival was devoted to the various aspects of "integration". The Israeli artist Adar Aviam and the German artist Jim Avignon decided to approach the theme through a jointly created wall painting. Trockland supported the project and provided temporarily unused premises in BRICKS Berlin Schöneberg for the creation of the large-size work. Each of the two artists has his individual style and began the painting with own sequences. They met one another in the center and united in a common image in which the artistic standpoints and styles of both cultures merge. More information: ID Festival Berlin

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Yet another year has passed and we are celebrating Rosh ha-Shana, the first two-days of the Jewish New Year. We wish our business partners, team members and their families as well as our friends that the year 5778 will be blessed with happiness and success.

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“Stolpersteine” (stumbling stones) started as an art project to commemorate all victims of Nazi persecution in front of their last chosen place of residence. A Stolperstein would symbolically return them to their neighborhood so many years after being torn away from their daily lives.
Since November 2016, four “Stolpersteine” in front of the house Koepenicker Strasse 40-41 gives the family Baruch a face. They lived here until 1942 and the parents Richard and Gertrud committed suicide to escape the expected deportation. Their son Martin Moshe Baruch was able to escape in 1938 to Palestine. Now, for the first time, his descendants from the US visited Berlin and in particular the home of their great-grandfather, grandparents, and father. Together with neighbors of Koepenicker Strasse, team members from Trockland and the Stolperstein association, they commemorated their ancestors in a touching ceremony. During their days in Berlin, the Baruch family was able to learn much more about their loved ones through research support from the volunteers of Stolpersteine Berlin. For us, it was wonderful to see what impact this initiative makes in people’s lives. More information: Stolpersteine Berlin

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A new quarter is emerging with full speed – and so is our newest project: PIER 61|63 at the River Spree in Berlin-Friedrichshain, just steps away from the new entertainment district “Mercedes Platz” and directly located at the world-famous East Side Gallery. Breathtaking views of Berlin’s waterside are guaranteed, spanning from Jannowitzbruecke to Oberbaumbruecke. Designed by Eller + Eller architects, PIER 61|63 will be home of a contemporary and unusual 167-room hotel as well as 62 rental apartments. All guestrooms and apartments will have a balcony and floor-to-ceiling windows. The bistros with terraces and shops at the public river promenade are perfectly facing the river’s sunny side – PIER 61|63 will welcome Berliners and visitors alike. Link press release (in German only)

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