Dan Borden


It’s not just airports that can’t get off the ground in Berlin. Dan Borden reports on four of the city’s stymied skyscrapers from Alexanderplatz to Neukölln. more

Dec 8, 2017 11:00 AM Zeitgeist

Berlin is finally trying to solve its housing crisis... with ugly new buildings awkwardly crammed into hallowed historical sites. Hooray? Our urban columnist weighs in. more

Oct 2, 2017 11:30 AM Zeitgeist

Dan Borden on the occult fantasies that inspired Third Reich architecture. more

Sep 1, 2017 11:00 AM History

Dan Borden checks in with the Flussbad project, which aims to clean up a stretch of the Spree by Museum Island and turn it into a public pool. While you're waiting for that, you can dive in (at your own risk!) at their swimming competition on July 2. more

Jun 26, 2017 2:15 PM Features 1 Comments


In 2015, the club and cultural complex Stattbad in Wedding was shut down by city officials, citing inadequate fire safety.

Berlin is struggling with a fullblown housing crisis: rents have doubled, pushing out low-income residents and artists to the city margins. The government is showing a will to tackle the situation. But is it too little, too late? more

May 2, 2017 3:00 PM Zeitgeist


Plans for the Europacity project by Hauptbahnhof.

The woman in charge of overseeing Berlin’s new building projects, city planner Regula Lüscher, shares her perspective on the German capital and its future. more

May 2, 2017 11:00 AM Zeitgeist

Dan Borden on the chameleonic style of Berlin’s most ubiquitous, least recognised architect, Sergei Tchoban. more

Apr 3, 2017 11:00 AM History

Dan Borden on how the East and West destroyed a pair of Karl Friedrich Schinkel’s masterpieces. more

Mar 16, 2017 1:45 PM Zeitgeist

Dan Borden on the women who are (literally) building a new progressive era in Berlin. more

Feb 23, 2017 11:30 AM Zeitgeist

Weimar architecture wasn’t just about the Bauhaus. Dan Borden reveals three electrifying examples of Expressionism that are still standing in Berlin today. more

Feb 16, 2017 4:00 PM Zeitgeist

New art spaces are popping up everywhere, even in Berlin’s old churches and breweries. Dan Borden investigates. more

Jan 10, 2017 3:00 PM Culture

Something for the historians and vegetarians/vegans (yes, the meat-eaters, too). Dan Borden follows in the footsteps of the animals killed in Prenzlauer Berg’s old slaughterhouse district. more

Nov 22, 2016 12:15 PM Zeitgeist


The Boros bunker houses works by Ólafur Elíasson, Alicia Kwade, Ai Weiwei and myriad others. Photo by Noshe

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

Oct 25, 2016 2:25 PM Culture


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 Insider Tips

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

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