19 May

They Said It

  You didn’t hear it from us!    “Paris is always Paris and Berlin is never Berlin!” (Jack Lang, French former culture minister, talking about how fast Berlin is changing, 2001)   “Berlin ist arm, aber sexy.” (“Berlin is poor, but sexy.”) (Klaus Wowereit, Governing Mayor, in a television interview, 2004)   “Berlin combines the culture of […]

20 November

Cities Matter

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Here’s a short review of the book “Why Cities Matter.”

7 November

The Wall of Light

Sometimes walking through Berlin is like walking through history. It was 53 years ago that construction of the Berlin Wall was completed, sealing the East-West German borders. It is hard for new residents to imagine what the severity, suddenness and finality of the border closing felt like. Twenty-five years later, on Nov. 9, 1989, history […]

5 November

Day-to-Day Diversity

Diversity is a core Charrette value and one we regularly discuss. It doesn’t just define Charrette – it also defines Berlin. What does urban diversity look like on an everyday basis? Here are a few firsthand accounts from those living in different sectors of the capital. “I think no one in our family is experiencing diversity […]

29 October

16 Reasons Why Berlin is the Greatest European City

Many people have a hard time describing Berlin. Yet there are certain things that stand out to those who visit, those who have chosen to live here or those who have an ethereal affinity for this city. Here are 16 reasons why one blogger believes that Berlin is the greatest European city. We happen to […]

27 October

What a City Says

Each metropolis has its trademarks. Seattle has coffee and rain. Paris has the Eiffel Tower and baguettes. Los Angeles has Hollywood, endless summer and even more endless traffic jams. While these icons and stereotypes make the aforementioned cities famous, none of them lies at the heart of what drives each urban area. How can we […]

16 October

The Illusion of Independence 

Interdependence is built into the character of God and reflected in the world around us. Can you think of anything God created that is independent rather than interdependent? From ecosystems, weather, human bodies and molecular structures to a triune God – all function interdependently. Cities also reflect this interdependence with many interrelated, interdependent parts. Each […]