25 Years After the Wall Fell, Berlin Is a Haven for Cyber Rebellion

It's been exactly 25 years since the wall came down and Berlin—a city that was once the epicenter of a worldwide ideological struggle—took its first, daunting steps toward reunification. Despite all odds, the graft took. And today the scar the wall left is so faint that unless you know what to look for, it's… » 11/09/14 11:00am 11/09/14 11:00am

These Sun-Tracking Devices Pipe Real Sunlight Into Shadowy Buildings

It's a necessary evil of designing in cities: Only the tallest or most perfectly situated buildings get much sunlight. A company called Sun Central thinks it has a solution—in the form of an autonomous sun-tracking mechanism that sucks up sunlight and pipes it into dark buildings. » 8/27/14 8:00am 8/27/14 8:00am

Explore an 80-Room Nazi Bunker Converted Into a Home and Gallery

It takes a very specific kind of sensibility to live in the ruins of monstrous regime, but art collectors Karen and Christian Boros have it. The couple and their kids live in a bunker with six-foot-thick concrete walls, originally built to hold 3,000 people during air raids in Berlin, in 1942. » 7/11/14 3:00pm 7/11/14 3:00pm

World’s Slowest Surveillance Cams To Produce a Single Image in 100 Years

It's a little disconcerting to know how many of our day-to-day movements are being recorded in real time, what with CCTV, security cams, and smartphone wielding strangers. And while Google Streetview's taking short-term before-and-after shots of our cities, one artist wants to capture a city's evolution over a hundred… » 5/09/14 4:15pm 5/09/14 4:15pm

Berlin Is Threatened From Below By Its Rising Water Table

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. » 4/13/14 5:00pm 4/13/14 5:00pm

Every City Should Have This Ingenious "Library of Things"

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… » 3/18/14 7:00pm 3/18/14 7:00pm

Eat This, Walter Gropius: Bauhaus Food Photography

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… » 5/30/13 4:40pm 5/30/13 4:40pm

Berlin Hyper-Lapse Is Almost More Stunning Than Visiting It In Person

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… » 10/03/12 1:20pm 10/03/12 1:20pm