Design is all about details
Interestingly, what I have recently discovered is that cultural practices extend not only to design aesthetics, but to construction methods and coordination among planners and tradesmen too.
Germans like me are usually seen as being very precise and technically oriented (that renowned German engineering!). But I have often felt “boxed-in” by that stereotype, since as a designer I enjoy being creative and sometimes even try my hand at being an artist — and certainly not a technical or efficiently organized one!
But in Zaporozhye it has become obvious that the people working on-site, who should be meticulous and organized, are also artists — and they love to improvise!
Now you might think that all creative artists should be happy people who work together in perfect harmony, but suddenly, I have just discovered (rather unhappily!) that I am, quite obviously, very “German.” The reason can be seen in these photos: