Cologne is known not to be a beauty but a very vivid city. The over two thousand years old city landscape was largely destroyed in the 2. World War. How did the city recover its rhythm?Cologne with its one million inhabitants has a lot of roles to live up with. It is a tourists’ city with Germany’s most visited monument, the gothic cathedral. It has to deal with 160 hectares of derelict land after the structural changes in heavy industries. It is one of the cities all over the world which is rediscovering its waterfront. And it had to reinvent itself: the earlier reconstruction era brought wonderful examples of 50-years architecture into the city. And then, during the last twenty years or so, the rich architectural tradition shimmers through - let us show you the highlights!
Ira Scheibe studied architecture and art history (M.A.) in Spain, Italy and Germany. She has been working as an architecture guide since 1994. She also studied Public Relations and writes about architectural themes.
The architect and journalist Barbara Schlei is specialized in communication on architecture. She runs koelnarchitektur.de, the internet gateway for Cologne’s contemporary architecture and founded its guiding format archipedes. She is also the co-editor and author of the "Architecture Guide Cologne" and managing director of the BDA Cologne (German Architects‘ federation).