Dan Borden


Dan Borden on the ulterior motives behind the city’s private art bunkers. more

Oct 25, 2016 2:25 PM Zeitgeist


Rigaer Straße. Photo by Angela M. Arnold (CC BY-SA 3.0)

With the Berlin elections on September 18, gentrification is on everyone's lips. From "Oma Anni" to the squatters of Rigaer 94, Dan Borden looks at the ways Berliners are fighting the G-monster. more

Sep 6, 2016 1:30 PM Zeitgeist

Get your outside swimming kicks in now – not all indoor pools have secure futures (as evident from their pasts). Dan Borden takes a dive into the history and (doomed?) future of three beloved public swimming spots. more

Aug 24, 2016 1:15 PM Zeitgeist

Dan Borden on the Ostkreuz station’s transformation from “Rostkreuz” into the sterile transit hub of tomorrow. more

Jul 25, 2016 11:00 AM Zeitgeist

Faced with the option of buying their co-op, will Spreefeld residents cross into the dark side of capitalism? more

Jun 28, 2016 1:05 AM Zeitgeist

Berlin housing woes? Experimentdays returns to champion innovative, low-cost living ideas. From May 26-Jun 3 they’ll offer a week of talks, tours and workshops around the city highlighting alternative housing solutions. more

May 23, 2016 12:30 PM The Best of Berlin

Kottbusser Tor has survived May Day riots, tourist hordes and urban renewal blunders, but can it resist the feeding frenzy of the King of Kebab? more

Apr 29, 2016 11:15 AM Zeitgeist

Here's the evolution of Kottbusser Tor, its monstrous Neues Kreuzberger Zentrum and its characteristic Kreuzberger Melange. more

Apr 28, 2016 2:00 AM Zeitgeist

Berlin Fashion Week (Jul 6-10) is upon us. As the fashionistas descend on the city, Dan Borden talks former mayor Klaus Wowereit’s attempts to give Berlin a fashion makeover. more

Jul 6, 2015 2:15 PM Zeitgeist

The Palast der Republik is long gone and the reimagined Prussian Palace, aka Humboldt Forum, is almost full reality with it's Richtfest opening June 12-14. Dan Borden on five reasons not to fête this month’s Humboldt Forum opening. more

Jun 10, 2015 12:55 PM Zeitgeist

It's official, Hamburg gets the bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics. Although some Berliners are undoubtedly rejoicing, Dan Borden has a few reasons why the Olympics could have done something for the city. more

Mar 17, 2015 11:30 AM Zeitgeist

Berlin is once again a capital of international espionage and, mirroring of its Cold War heyday, a proxy battleground between Washington and Moscow. So perhaps those inconspicuous office buildings around the city aren't just offices after all... more

Sep 30, 2014 1:40 PM Zeitgeist

New rich vs. Berlin poor: the continuing tale of Berlin's future urban landscape. But examples of affordable and conscious new housing are surfacing. Dan Borden on the revolutionary Spreefeld housing project – and its evil twin across the river. more

Jun 24, 2014 11:15 AM Zeitgeist 3 Comments

The city of Berlin has certainly touched a nerve with its plans to build on the city's unique open field. On May 25 the 100% Tempelhofer Feld initiative, which would keep the Feld wild, is put to a vote. Dan Borden explores what's at stake. more

May 21, 2014 1:00 PM Zeitgeist 2 Comments

With the Bikinihaus, now renamed Bikini Berlin, reopening on April 3, Dan Borden explores how the West is reclaiming its Times Square status, from Bahnhof Zoo to Zoo Palast and everything between. more

Mar 24, 2014 1:00 PM Zeitgeist

There’s a big drama unfolding on a little empty lot next to Alexanderplatz: will it be the site of a new 150-metre skyscraper? Dramatic architecture used to be welcomed by Berlin. Dan Borden explores Berlin's best through the film Æon Flux. more

Feb 25, 2014 11:45 AM Zeitgeist

We’re being invaded! Like a nasty worm, indoor shopping malls are an invasive species, recent arrivals feeding on Berlin’s native shops. The plague peaks this year with the arrival of a new breed of malls: bigger, meaner and ready to eat their own. more

Feb 24, 2014 11:45 AM Zeitgeist

City West is one part of town that gentrification can forget... or so one would think. As the more-than-100-year-old Hotel Bogota shuts its doors, it’s clear that even here, the phenomenon can do lots of damage. Dan Borden mourns the hotel's demise. more

Dec 16, 2013 11:00 AM Zeitgeist 2 Comments

Dan Borden on the former East’s colourful meccas of socialist fun that were intended to win the hearts of its increasingly grumpy residents. Some are surviving and some are thriving. more

Nov 27, 2013 12:00 PM Zeitgeist

Dan Borden on two endangered sources of GDR fun: the former central zoo of East Berlin, Tierpark, and the seemingly forever-in-limbo Spreepark. more

Oct 17, 2013 12:00 PM Film

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