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Restaurant Day – A food carnival when anyone can open a restaurant for a day

I am starting to get used to find out about great things and events just when they are done. I am trying to get better on this, and sometimes I realize just in time that I am about to lose one of those “you shouldn´t lose events”, like Mobilising Communities.

Unfortunately it was not the case with Restaurant Day, which happened this last saturday, 19th May. The next time it wont be missed and I will be holding one pop-up restaurant as well (I hope)!

“What’s it about?

Restaurant Day is a one-day carnival in favor of restaurant and food culture.

On Restaurant Day anyone can set up a restaurant, café or a bar for a day. It can be anywhere: at your home, at the office, on a street corner, in your garden or inner courtyard, at a park, or on the beach – only your imagination is the limit.

The quirkier the concept of your restaurant is, the better it attracts people. However oddities aren’t necessary. Good food and drinks at a nice place are enough – the most important is to create a restaurant that you’d like to visit yourself. After all, the idea of Restaurant Day is to have fun, share different restaurant experiences with other people and enjoy the our living environment together”.

There were two “restaurants” in Berlin, and I guess, if I could go back in time I would HAVE to go to both of them. One was “le vega”, which was an atelier space turned into a temporary restaurant, and at the other one, “Blick Burger“,  you could have a Burger (with meat or vegetarian) on a roof balcony!

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“Amnesia: The unsettling feeling of walking through a square that once was important and bustling with life, now being forgotten and desolate. The physical structure of the city does not always correspond with the living collective urban memory. 

Urban Condition: “The Berlin Wall as architecture was for me the first spectacular revelation in architecture of how absence can be stronger than presence. For me, it is not necessarily connected to loss in a metaphysical sense, but more connected to an issue of efficiency, where I think that the great thing about Berlin is that it showed for me how (and this is my own campaign against architecture) entirely ‘missing’ urban presences or entirely erased architectural entities nevertheless generate what can be called an urban condition.” (Rem Koolhaas in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist)

Utilization: Significant for Berlin is how an apparent difficult situation is utilized and transformed into something positive and productive.  People creatively use scrap-material, occupy under-utilized spaces and tend to be collaborative”.