Darmstadt, Germany (pop 141 000)
A town in Germany
, in the Rhein-Main
region. Former Grand Ducal
residency, the town evolved into a cultural hub of sorts since the beginning
of the 20th century, turning into the capital of the Jugendstil
influenced Germany in pre-Bauhaus
Modern Darmstadt is home to the Darmstadt Tecnical University (TU-Darmstadt) and a number of large technology corporations and institutes, notably EUMETSAT, the European Space Operating Center of the European Space Agency and the Computer Graphics Division of Fraunhofer Institute (of MP3 fame).