16 January

A Massive Faith: Inspiring Words from Martin Luther King’s Sermon in East Berlin

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. day in the U.S. on January 19, we are posting an excerpt of the inspiring sermon he gave during a brief pass into East Berlin while visiting West Berlin fifty years ago. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. East Berlin, Marienkirche September 13, 1964 “We have found ourselves literally […]

15 January

Look Around

We want to connect you with resources reflecting current thinking on the urban world. This article by Jeff Fontain from Lausanne Global Analysis (Nov. 2014, Volume 3 / Issue 6) focuses on Europe but also reflects some of the Charrette postures that we believe are necessary to see transformation in cities around the world, such as: diverse […]

6 January

Mall of Berlin—or Mall of Shame?

A failing mall adds fuel to the passionate debate about Berlin nightlife, cultural enterprise and the evolving nature of a recovering city. This pithy article from The Atlantic’s City Lab gives context for the controversy and reveals concerns many have about the direction of Berlin’s emerging urban identity. In Berlin, a Shopping Mall’s Flop Leads to […]

24 December

Celebrating the Light

“What came into existence was Life, and the Life was Light to live by. The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn’t put it out.” John 1:5 from the Message Celebrating the Light we have in Jesus Christ. Merry Christmas from Berlin!    

16 December

Magnetism: Berlin as a Global Power City

A while ago we shared Forbes Top Ten list of the world’s most influential cities. Forbes recognizes that size is no longer the predominant factor for determining a city’s power. What matters today is influence and pull ­– which any city can have, regardless of size. Explore the Global Power City Index and see why Berlin now ranks as the […]

3 December

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Fulfillment

It’s ironic that the quest for a better life often draws people to the city, yet the result of so many diverse people living close to one another isn’t exactly neat and orderly. What lies beneath this chaos? A shared desire for fulfillment – good health, security, justice, career aspirations, prosperity and even a level of […]

25 November

Green Space, Museums and Bridges (Oh My!)

Berlin is well-known for its history, the former wall and simply as the capital of Germany. But this is not all the city boasts. Did you know that: Berlin is Germany’s greenest city? Parks, woods, rivers, lakes and waterways cover 44 percent of the city. there are more than 180 museums in Berlin? The East […]

20 November

Cities Matter

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

13 November

Outside In

“Berlin remains an island, a last refuge, a place of resistance and belonging for many different people.” People come to Berlin to be themselves. The city has a reputation for giving people a safe place to be who they are. The resulting convergence of differing lifestyles, political leanings, worldviews and loyalties is rivaled by few other […]

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 […]