Berlin

David Rycraft

Can the Longest Remaining Stretch of the Berlin Wall Be Saved From the Threat of Condos?

Protesters have halted construction for now, but for many Berliners, it’s as if their worst nightmares are coming true.

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In Berlin, Searching for Food in the Dumpster Is the Next Big Thing

A new German website alerts members about the location and content of leftover sustenance.

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For These Muralists, It Took 3 Years to Spell Out the Alphabet

Would you get an "S" tattooed on your arm just for the sake of completing an art project? These guys did.

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A Berlin Neighborhood Clamps Down on Fancy Apartments

No second bathrooms, no fireplaces or under-floor heating, no new balconies and no reserved parking places.

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When Travel Writing Goes Wrong: 'Edgy' Berlin Edition

4 clichés every travelogue about Germany's capital apparently must include.

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Strip Down and Ride the Subway

Improv Everywhere's annual no-pants transit ride goes international.

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It's Not Cool to Bring Ponies Onto Berlin's Subway

To its credit, the animal behaved better than many public-transit riders.

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Bus-Stop Ads Torn Straight From Dante's Inferno

In Berlin, a shadowy street artist known as Vermibus transforms mundane billboards into creepy macabre frightscapes

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Can You Tell a City By Its Blocks?

What if blocks could be extracted, stripped of all but their essential form, and lined up for inspection? Would we know a place by the sum of its parts?

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Design Video of the Day: How the Netherlands Builds Its Embassies

A new documentary examines the Dutch approach.

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16 Parking Garages Worth Looking At

Miami may be the international hub of memorable parking, but it’s not the only city sporting glitzy garages.

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Berlin, in Technicolor

About 70 buildings will be illuminated during the 10-day festival.

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Chestnuts Singing in a Public Park

A public art installation turns falling nuts into light and sound. For tree preservation, of course.

Paolo Cirio

Bringing the 'Ghosts' of Google Street View To Life

An artist recreates the scenes captured by Google's cameras.

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Fortress America: How the U.S. Designs its Embassies

The challenge of architecture that epitomizes American values while offering total security.

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The World's Leading Cities for Fashion

The places with a disproportionate impact on what gets made, admired, and sold.

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Berlin's Invisible Gentrifiers

The city's properties are being sucked up by out-of-towners who visit only a few weeks a year, turning neighborhoods into ghost towns.

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Mapmaker, Artist, or Programmer?

Self-described "map geek" Eric Fischer uses urban data to make some of the web's most intriguing spatial images.

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