After a strenuous week preparing for the TüV Pen-Testing of our new Platform, we decided to flee the Carnival atmosphere in Münster for Bremerhaven.
The City has undergone a radical change in the last few years - the gentrification of the docks has proceeded apace and the new dockland developments are reminiscent of those I've seen in Malmo and Oslo. A mix of Office buildings, living space and hotels/holiday apartments. Quite lovely really.
The weather has been bitterly cold, so we chose a program of walks punctuated by museum and exhibition visits.
I was very impressed in particular by the "Klimahaus" (Climate House) and the "Deutsche Auswanderer Haus" (German Emigrants House).
How museums and their like have changed! In both cases you are taken on a journey of discovery along a narrative thread that provides entertainment and education in equal measures. I have to take my hat off to the people who did the conceptual work on both exhibitions. Not a bored face to be seen between the ages of 8 Months and 80 years.
If you are into Architecture - especially in terms of energy management - the Klimahaus is a brilliant example of what energy management in larger building is likely to become. A mix of geothermal, photovoltaic, convection and heat-sinking technologies to reduce dependence on fossil-fuels to a minimum.