On 9 April this year the city of Essen was host to a world premiere, when first ground was broken for the laying of a revolutionary superconducting electricity transmission cable. Known as the AmpaCity project, the 10 kV one kilometre line will...
BERLIN , March 7, 2013 /NEWS.GNOM.ES/ -- Brand USA , the new tourism marketing body for the United States of America , announced today that it will launch its international travel and tourism campaign in Germany beginning in November. The fully...
The Minimum House was designed by studio Scheidt Kasprusch Architekten and is located in Klausdorf, Germany. The 1,615 square foot contemporary home, structured on two levels, is a prototype for a serial holiday residence. According to the architects, the project is offered under the label “minimumhouse” , all furniture and fittings included: “The concept was developed by the ideal of a house with maximum outdoor impressions and also by making full use of the solar yields for the building. The reflections of glass and light make the three-side glassed building shells appear immaterial. The team consisting of architects, engineers, building physicists and executing companies developed a modular building concept, that allows a contemporary open-plan living with high ecological and economic standards“. Some of the sustainable features of this home include a solar system placed on the extensively vegetated flat roof, a soil sensor, ceiling-mounted radiation heating and controlled ventilation.
Set in the picturesque rural landscape of Langenargen, Germany, this modern farmhouse shelters family life surrounded by a blooming orchard.
Designed by k_m architektur, the contemporary structure was built with the surrounding farmstead in mind. Generous overhangs shelter the expansive glazing of this elongated floor plan, covering the east, west and south facade. Interior living spaces are permanently exposed to natural sunlight coming from the floor-to-ceiling windows. Shaded by light curtains, the living room, dining and kitchen share the same space, interacting to create a living area exposed to outdoor panoramas.
A photovoltaic system mounted on the flat roof helps reduce the energy costs, while the heating pipeline in the farm building takes on the rest of the energy demands. Slightly raised from the ground, the house appears to be floating, while the extensive use of wood defines both the interiors and the exteriory. There was no need for a second story, as the main spaces were cleverly compacted to shape the necessary living conditions adorned with modern details...
Especially developed for a large family in Stuttgart, Germany, the Strauss Residence was envisioned by Alexander Brenner Architekten.
According to the architects, the house consists of “two autonomous house-halves, which if required can be combined in parts or completely. The entire building was created according to ecological standpoints and supplied almost exclusively with renewable energy. The heating energy is provided by air source heat pumps. At extremely low temperatures these peaks are met with a low temperature gas boiler. Water is heated up by high performance solar collectors."
Stop by the article link to view photos of the minimalist and highly functional interiors for this home serving the diverse living needs of its inhabitants...
Our fully editable map of Germany has 31 PPT slides featuring the outline map, major cities, and its provinces. Use these custom maps to present social, economic, demographic, and political data of Germany.
It was announced last week, that the Star Trek sequel will already be released on May 9th, 2013 in Germany. The news was confirmed by Paramount Pictures Germany (where the image is from) and IMDB, so it´s pretty legit.
I know there are a lot of members from europe on ontd, so if you're living in or around Germany you have the chance to see the movie ahead of the rest of the world (but hey, they may change dates in other countries as well).
A huge early Celtic calendar construction has been discovered in the royal tomb of Magdalenenberg, nearby Villingen-Schwenningen in Germany's Black Forest. This discovery was made by researchers when they evaluated old excavation plans.
The financial world was shocked this month by a demand from Germany’s Bundesbank to repatriate a large portion of its gold reserves held abroad. By 2020, Germany wants 50% of its total gold reserves back in Frankfurt – including 300 tons from the Federal Reserve. The Bundesbank’s announcement comes just three months after the Fed refused to submit to an audit of its holdings on Germany’s behalf. One cannot help but wonder if the refusal triggered the demand.
Either way, Germany appears to be waking up to a reality for which central banks around the world have been preparing: the dollar is no longer the world’s safe-haven asset and the US government is no longer a trustworthy banker for foreign nations. It looks like their fears are well-grounded, given the Fed’s seeming inability to return what is legally Germany’s gold in a timely manner. Germany is a developed and powerful nation with the second largest gold reserves in the world. If they can’t rely on Washington to keep its promises, who can?
Where is Germany’s Gold?
The impact of Germany’s repatriation on the dollar revolves around an unanswered question: why will it take seven years to complete the transfer?
The popular explanation is that the Fed has already rehypothecated all of its gold holdings in the name of other countries. That is, the same mound of bullion is earmarked as collateral for a host of different lenders. Since the Fed depends on a fractional-reserve banking system for its very existence, it would not come as a surprise that it has become a fractional-reserve bank itself. If so, then perhaps Germany politely asked for a seven-year timeline in order to allow the Fed to save face, and to prevent other depositors from clamoring for their own gold back – a ‘run’ on the Fed. ...
Germany's interior minister has said the country will veto the relaxation of immigration restrictions for Romanians and Bulgarians to travel across the whole of the EU amid concern over widespread corruption in the countries.