- Where to even begin to tell you about my experiences with the architecture here. It is probably one of the weirdest cities I have been to. There seems to be no exact definition of building design. Unlike some cities that have the posh area, the historic district, the poor part, there is no distinction. Its more like a really shiny and new building right next to a grungy and old building. Take for instance the Brandenburg gate, it’s quite old and historic, also a huge tourist point but then the US Embassy is filled with fancy glass windows and more modern architecture. I have to admit that the historic buildings are so detailed and beautiful, even if there is black grime all over the sides of it. By the university there is this huge church that has a beautiful mint green top, some one thinks it was copper at one point and I am starting to believe that myself. It’s a pretty sweet deal to see all these building that are referenced to throughout the world and throughout history courses and actually to be seeing them in person. Its really cool! If I was an architecture major I am pretty sure I would be really intensely examining these building and figuring them out. Instead I get to bask in their beauty and intricacy without feeling the need to critique. Also as an engineer who took statics, I find myself trying to figure out how certain structures were created and how they are able to hold up. My conclusion thus far is that the designers of these buildings knew what they were doing, sometimes based on what they saw and studied in nature. It all makes sense and really seems to flow with what I learned in physics. It is all nature based principles that smart individuals divinely discovered.