Utopia Special: Factory Berlin

Factory Founder Simon Schaefer (credit: Nick Simpson)

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 »

Utopia Special: Markthalle Neun

Sampling from the many international vendors at Markthalle Neun (credit: Nick Simpson)

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 »

Map of Berlin’s Utopias

Entrance to Teepee Land (credit: Nick Simpson)

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 »

Utopia Summer Special Airs Today at 7 p.m.

Factory Berlin while it was under construction. Factory is a new co-working space where startups and established IT companies mix, right where the Berlin Wall once separated the city. (Credit: Nick Simpson)

Factory Berlin while it was under construction. Factory is a new co-working space where startups and established IT companies mix, right where the Berlin Wall once separated the city. (Credit: Nick Simpson) As NPR Berlin reports on its website, this weekend we explore Utopian ideas and communities of Berlin, from The Squirrel Bridge to Factory…. Read more »

Q&A: Derk Ehlert, Berlin’s Wildlife Officer

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Derk Ehlert has a rather unusual job in the Berlin city government. As its official wildlife officer, Ehlert is the expert on Berlin’s wild animals. But even though his official job description is to protect the city’s furrier residents, Ehlert says he spends most of his time calming down frantic humans. He receives up to… Read more »

Our Contributors: Rachel Stern

Credit: Nick Simpson

Credit: Nick Simpson

Rachel Stern is a 2013-14 Fulbright Young American Journalist. She first lived in Berlin in 2012 as an Arthur F. Burns Fellow at the politics department of SPIEGEL ONLINE. Her work has appeared in various U.S. and German publications, including Slate, The Christian Science Monitor, Deutsche Welle and The Huffington Post. A graduate of the… Read more »

Authors Explore Utopia in Berlin

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On the upcoming Berlin Stories magazine for NPR Berlin, which airs this Saturday at 7 p.m. and Monday at 8 a.m., we feature three authors who in their own way touch on the theme of utopia in Berlin. Gideon Lewis-Kraus, the acclaimed author of A Sense of Direction, reads a humorous excerpt from the book… Read more »

Q&A: Brian Fabian Crain on Bitcoin in Berlin

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Brian Fabian Crain giving a presentation at a Bitcoin Start-Ups Berlin meetup (credit: Nick Simpson)

Bitcoin Center Berlin officially opened its doors on Sunday, June 15 in the bustling Rosenthaler Platz. The co-working space is one of many fresh projects in Berlin devoted to bitcoin, a decentralized virtual money that we feature in our Utopia Summer Special on June 21. Economist and entrepreneur Brian Fabian Crain, part of the team behind Bitcoin… Read more »

Our Contributors: Photographer Nick Simpson

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Nick Simpson (credit: Will Johnson)

Based in Berlin since 2008, Nick Simpson is a British-born freelance photographer working with digital and analogue photography. Nick studied Photography in Leeds, Nottingham and Brussels, and has exhibited work in Berlin and in England. His most recent works are typologies taken using hand-built cameras, shot from comparable viewpoints over time. More of Nick’s work can… Read more »

Utopias Are Not Just For People

Berlin's first squirrel bridge (Credit: aktion tier - menschen für tiere e.V.)

Berlin's first squirrel bridge (Credit: aktion tier - menschen für tiere e.V.)

Berlin is renown for its bridges, from the 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. But these bridges are not just for people. As part of our upcoming hour-long Utopia summer special, airing June 21 at… Read more »