22 September

Snapshots of Berlin, vol. 1

The Trek7 team of young adults from the U.S. was asked to submit a photo or two that represented their summer in Berlin or something that impacted them about the city. This was Daniel’s submission, taken after serving with a partnering ministry that reaches out to those entering Berlin and living in temporary housing due […]

8 September

More in Common Than I Thought

Ever since the day I hit Berlin soil on September 12, 2013, my mind and soul have been whirring. In every moment there is something new to process, to take in, to experience, to pray about, to understand. Whether it be learning the German language, understanding one of many cultures in Berlin, discovering our team […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

23 September

Trek7 + Serve the City = Partners for Change

 For the second consecutive year, Trek7 partnered with Serve the City. Serve the City is a Christian volunteer movement that started a decade ago in Brussels and has spread to more than 90 cities on three continents. Christine, who coordinates Berlin’s Serve the City efforts, says that STC tries to make it easy for people […]

10 September

The Diversity Difference

It is impossible to live in Berlin and not encounter diversity. When I step into the hall of my apartment building, I am confronted by the realities of the urban world. I hear the languages of my neighbors who have family backgrounds outside of Germany. When I walk out the front door onto the sidewalk, […]