Paris Journal: Snøhetta-designed headquarters for Le Monde Group opens

by Ron Bernthal With the completion in late 2020 of its new Paris headquarters, designed by Snøhetta, the 1,600 employees of the Le Monde Group have been brought together under the same roof. With its new plaza and semi-transparent facade, … Continue reading

Zurich Airport opens large, mixed-use project.

by Ron Bernthal After a construction period of almost six years,  a new commercial district opened in November, 2020, at Zurich Airport. Named The Circle at Zurich Airport, Switzerland’s largest construction site has now been transformed into a modern, eye-catching … Continue reading

European Night Trains Increase Services

By Ron Bernthal In 2005 Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) began dismantling its overnight sleeper network, and German Railways (DB) did the same in 2015.  On some routes, Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) took over the service with their own equipment. Most … Continue reading

Zhuhai Journal: New Waterfront Neighborhood Adds to “China’s Most Livable City” ReputationMo Dg

By Ron Bernthal With almost two-million residents, Zhuhai is considered a “small” Chinese city, but it is certainly not an undiscovered city.  Located at the southern tip of the Pearl River Delta of Guangdong Province, Zhuhai is one of the … Continue reading

Berlin Journal: Design-Savvy New Building Opens in Former East Berlin

By Ron Bernthal The reunification of Germany in 1989 was a late bow to the “undeviating” Axel Springer, who always believed in it. In 1991, six years after Springer’s death, the German politician Peter Glotz admitted in the Bundestag (German parliament) … Continue reading

Bilbao Journal: Basque Gamble Still Drawing Crowds

By Ron Bernthal In the 1989 film, Field of Dreams, Kevin Costner hears a voice whisper, “If you build it, they will come,” and proceeds to build a baseball diamond in the middle of his vast yellow corn field, attracting … Continue reading

Doha Journal: City speeds up hotel, stadium and metro construction in time for 2022 World Cup

By Ron Bernthal With a winning bid for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, and a national objective to diversify its economy, Qatar has been gearing up for an expansion of its tourism industry with investments being channeled into the construction … Continue reading

Berlin Journal: After many delays, the new Berlin airport is set to open. Really.

By Ron Bernthal In 2006 the German government announced the commencement of construction of a new airport to replace Berlin-Tegel, a 1948 built airport that was constructed as part of the Berlin airlift following World War II, and then as … Continue reading

Germany’s 30-Year Reunification Celebrations Begin in Oct 2020

By Ron Bernthal With Germany’s reunification on October 3, 1990, Berlin was reinstated as Germany’s united capital city. The five states of the former German Democratic Republic (GDR) joined the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG). Extensively restored historic towns and … Continue reading