In the years after World War II, Berlin saw a number of new skyscrapers erected to provide the burgeoning middle class with affordable housing. Even though many were designed by famous architects they were eventually viewed as concrete monsters and moldered in disuse, until recently.
There’s a lot of good ways to experience a city. You can walk and enjoy the outdoors but that takes a bit of time. You could ride any above ground public transportation system but that traps you inside. You could drive a car but that makes you miss out on things as you focus on the road. Or you could bike and have…
Berlin is a city that’s been dramatically shaped by the recent past, where history is a living part of the urban fabric—or in some cases, rests just below its surface.
Berlin is not only one of the most vibrant cities in Europe—thanks to its food, clubs, cultural life, and the other thousand things you can do there. The city itself is unique. Its architecture is stunning and full of contrasts, a constant reminder of the clash between communism and capitalism—and their imperialism.
Berlin lies hundreds of miles from the nearest ocean. But, that didn't stop one determined man from discovering a rare local break, then teaching himself to surf it. This is his story.
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…
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.
Sorry, fans of ruin porn, creators of would-be Saw-sequels, and demented Walt Disney wannabes: The famous abandoned amusement park in Berlin named Spreepark was destroyed by two separate fires over the weekend. Arson is suspected.
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.
Berlin's "walking men" found at every crosswalk are too manly for some local feminists. And Portland has yet another issue with water contamination. It's What's Ruining Our Cities!
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…
All over the world, we're seeing cities add bike lanes, bike paths, bike parking, bike sharing—but the way you know cities are really getting serious is when they start reprogramming their signals for cyclists instead of cars. In Berlin, a new pilot project is doing exactly that.
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…
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.
The chance to live in a land of childhood nightmares only comes around once in a lifetime. Spreepark, an amusement park in Berlin that's been closed for over a decade, could now be yours. The property was recently listed on eBay for a cool 1.62 million Euros.
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…
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…
Taking the subway can be a nightmare, a confusing, smelly, litter-ridden nightmare. But it's not always that way. Berlin's subway, as it turns out, has some beautiful sights, and you can catch them all in an awesome tumblr devoted to the tubes.