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

Oct 25, 2016 2:25 PM Zeitgeist


The former administration compound (left) is the only legally habitable building in Wiesenburg. Photo by Jason Harrell

The crumbling, 110-year-old bohemian castle Wiesenburg sits in the heart of Wedding. What's endangering the former homeless shelter turned art complex? Read this excerpt from Exberliner's Wedding issue and see it for yourself this weekend... more

Sep 7, 2016 3:07 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

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

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

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

Seymour Gris: Enough destructive madness

Building porn, the photographic documentation of buildings in Berlin going up and down, just isn't doing it for Gris anymore. In fact, some recent building porn is just plain turning him off. more

Apr 23, 2014 1:45 PM The Berlin Blog 9 Comments

This April's all about families: past and future. We talk to the descendants of a death camp commander, a radical lefty and a GDR leader and look at nuclear-free constellations. Plus alt schools, Alte Schönhauser, an anti-toddler rant and more! more

Mar 31, 2014 12:00 PM Features 1 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

Season's readings! Inside this month's issue: How to get your book published, the must-knows of the publishing scene and why Germany is so book-friendly – there's something for reader and writer alike! On newsstands and in our web shop now! more

Nov 28, 2013 12:00 PM Features

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

The Thin White Duke's Berlin years are all but mythic – the divided city birthed some of Bowie's darkest and most euphoric tracks. Dan Borden guides us through the clubs, bars and even bathhouses where nights were warm and the days were young. more

Aug 1, 2013 11:00 AM Zeitgeist

Little-known architect Han-Heinrich Müller's astonishing red-brick Bauhaus confections now house many of Berlin's most dynamic tech and IT companies. Would he be pleased? more

Jul 5, 2013 1:00 PM Zeitgeist 1 Comments

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