While the American West stumbles forward into an already dangerous drought—and it's barely even summer—Berliners are simply not using enough water. This means that the city's water table is now on the rise, and it's beginning to threaten the city's buildings from below. Some basements have already been affected. »
It's happened to us all. You're planning for some big project and suddenly you're in need of a power drill... Or kitchen stand mixer... Or hiking gear. Now, you could just shell out for it, but when are you going to use it again? Enter Leila, a genius little "borrowing shop" in Berlin that saves you money while putting… »
In a city of controversial historic buildings, Berlin's massive Tempelhof Airport is one of the most embattled. This aging, elegant behemoth served as a hub for the Nazis and, later, for the Berlin Air Lift. Now, it's the focus of major development plans—and PBS just got a look inside. »
It took Berliners years to agree upon a design for a memorial to the reunification of East and West—but now that the project is underway, an unexpected hurdle is slowing it down: Bats. Lots of them. »
Moby wants you to join his perpetual pool party in Los Angeles, and a group of scientists wants China to use "spatial economics" to design more walkable cities. Plus: informal transit in Nairobi, a failed utopia in California, radical ideas for the Vegas of 2034, and a significant prehistoric site that's currently being… »
The Bauhaus movement continues to have a strong impact in many fields, from product design (Apple) to music (the goth-rock band Bauhaus) to … food? Yes, Bauhaus has now invaded the culinary world, which isn’t that surprising when you consider the rise of haute cuisine: from glossy food porn to confectionary gallery… »
If you're getting bored of the traditional timelapse tour of a major metropolitan city, this hyper-lapse run through Berlin should reinvigorate your passion for virtual tourism. Its frantic crash zooms and warped panoramic shots are the video equivalent of HDRI photography. Except, you know, not horribly unappealing… »
These macro photographies taken from the interior of actual music instruments make my head spin a bit. I would have never imagined the interior of musical instrument would look so beautiful and cozy. I would love to live in that violin. »The interior of a flute. The interior of an organ.
Perhaps it is because I'm used to see it in black and white, but it's fascinating to see how incredibly modern Berlin looks in this color film from 1936. It was a beautiful city. Except for the bloody Nazis. »
This thing is a monster. Nik Nowak, a DJ hailing from Berlin, outfitted this Japanese mini-dump truck to become a veritable assault vehicle of sound, capable of pumping out 4,000 watts of moving acoustic muscle. »
It's hard to imagine a better place to read and work than study hall at Jacob-und-Wilhelm-Grimm-Zentrum, the new central library of Humboldt University, in Berlin. »
The Gardens of the World in Marzahn Recreational Park in Berlin is home to various gardens that show off the world's different cultures. This particular installation is the Christian Garden but really, it's the Garden of Typography. The walls are, well, literally made with type. »
A gigantically excessive former Airship Hangar built on a Soviet Base in Berlin has found new life as a gigantically excessive water park. It's like a man-made island inside with a water slide that propels people up to 44mph.