Rotterdam to construct artificial surfer’s paradise

The Dutch city of Rotterdam is planning for an outdoor wave-pool to be built at the Steigersgracht canal, making it possible for surfers to enjoy 1.5 m waves in the middle of the city. The wave-pool is the brainchild of the Delft University of Technology and will according to the plan be opened in June 2015.


Berlin’s Tempelhof to remain free

Tempelhof Airport in 2012
Tempelhof Airport in 2012. Photo: A. Savin

It seems like Berlin’s classic and iconic old airport Tempelhof will remain an oasis in the heart of the German capital after that the people’s movement who wanted to preserve the old airfield area as an open space for the impromptu mixed uses which have developed after the closure of the airport. Among the many activities people now enjoy there are ecological gardening, biking on the abandoned runways and flying kites over the vast open space.

Prague Central Station

Prague Central Station
Prague Central Station in 2005. Photo: Brunswyk/Wikimedia

Praha hlavní nádraží (Prague central station) is the main railway station in Prague, Czech Republic, and is like a not insignificant number of buildings in the city an example of art noveau architecture.

Prague Central Station interior
The café in Prague Central Station. Photo: Brunswyk/Wikimedia

Originally built in 1871 and back then named Kaiser-Franz-Joseph-Bahnhof in honour of the Austro-Hungarian emperor, the station was rebuilt in 1901-1909 after a design by the architecht Josef Fanta in the then modern art noveau style. After the First World War and the independence of Czechoslovakia the station was renamed after the US president Woodrow Wilson to Wilsonovo nádraží (Wilson Station). The name changed to simply Hlavní nádraží with the German occupation in 1939 and has since 1953 been the current name in use.

The next change came in 1970 when the construction of the Prague metro was the cause for the construction of a new, larger entrance hall with connection to the underground station below, making the central station accessible from the street Washingtonova.

In 2006 a large scale renovation programme was initiated which aims to bring back the original style as well as modernizing the station for the current needs.