Berlin has been top of my places to visit for many years. Sadly, it looks like another remnant of the anarchastic, artistic post-wall Berlin may have been lost to developers before I get there. The Kunsthaus Tacheles is a former 1930s department store, taken over by artists after the wall came down to prevent its demolition. It’s graffiti covered walls have long housed an art center, nightclub, and activist nexus, but the space looks set to be handed over to developers. The Observer says the area now has the highest rental costs of any Berlin district and the Tacheles is to be replaced by luxury appartments and offices – a BMW- Guggenheim project for an urban design showcase that got scared off by local opposition. It would be a shame if an attempt is not made to capture something of the spirit of Tacheles – although personally I regret not seeing the original…..