Berlin has always been famous for its bridges – from the iconic Oberbaumbrücke with its twin gothic towers, to Wannsee’s Glienicke Brücke, famously used for the exchange of spies during the Cold War. We found another to add to the list, a bridge unlike any other in the city. Thalia Gigerenzer reports on Berlin’s… Read more »
Sandwiched between techno clubs and new luxury apartment blocks, about forty people are living off the grid on a piece of overgrown wasteland formerly part of the Berlin Wall. But Teepee Land is not like other squats in Berlin. A story about life on the frontier, in the middle of the city. Thalia Gigerenzer reports.
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When the legendary Bar 25 (think Burning Man meets Studio 54) was forced to close in 2010, many thought it was the end of an era. But this year, against all odds, some of the founders are back with a 75-year lease, millions of Euros from investors, and a project called Holzmarkt. How did a group of eccentric… Read more »
The economic crisis has made some people believe that it is time for an alternative economy. Swedish expat Malin Elmlid started one of the most popular bartering projects in Berlin in 2010 – it’s called the Bread Exchange. She reads from her book, also called The Bread Exchange, which is being published by Chronicle Books this… Read more »
In an effort to develop more industry in Berlin, the city’s policy makers as especially supportive of projects to transform the city into Europe’s Silicon Valley. It’s perhaps no longer an impossible goal: According to an October 2013 McKinsey report, two new start up companies are created in the city every day. In… Read more »
In Berlin, it took a while for farm-to-table eating to take hold — artists don’t spend much money on food. But the revival of the historic Markthalle Neun in Kreuzberg is slowly changing the way Berliners understand where their food comes from. Five years ago the run down but beautiful 19th century brick hall… Read more »
In our Utopia special, we examine seven utopian experiments in post-Wall Berlin, many of which literally emerged from the wasteland of the former death strip. You can find all of them on our handy map (click on the individual points for more info about each story): Berlin Stories Utopia Map Our Utopia summer special airs… Read more »