8 September

Portraits in Berlin’s Religious Gallery

“It’s not that I am religious or believe in God or anything!” When my family and I arrived in this city this summer, we knew that more than 60 percent of Berliners identified as nonreligious, so it was no surprise to hear these words. The context of this statement, however, was surprising. We had been having a good […]

3 September

Top Five August Tweets

In case you’ve missed us on Twitter, here’s what’s been happening in the @Charrette Berlin Twittersphere. 1. An authentic Christian perspective: we do not come to the city to take; we come to the city to give. — Charrette | Berlin (@CharretteBerlin) August 19, 2014 2. Cities can be deceiving: we understand one part and think […]

7 July

To Berlin and Back Again

The 2014 Trek7 team got off to a quick start in Berlin. In just a few short weeks, the young foursome has seen and done a little bit of everything. They describe Berlin as huge, vibrant, multicultural and diverse, even in just how the city is laid out. “I love how we’re in Köpenick, and there’s […]

1 July

A Call for [More] Collaboration

More than 180,000 people move from a rural area to a city every day. In the next four decades, one out of every two people will move from the countryside to the city. This global migration will generate challenges beyond our comprehension – challenges that will stretch us to collaborate with others well beyond our […]

19 May

Charrette: An Aerial View

Posted by in Collaboration, Diversity

Cities influence the world. Read anything about the future of society, and you will likely hear about a world that is becoming increasingly more urban. For instance, it is estimated that over the next 30 years, urban populations in the majority world will increase by 5.5 million people each month, according to the United Nations […]

6 May

Eager Hearts, Untrained Eyes

Our bags were loaded, ready to meet pressing needs on the streets. Before our group left the central Serve the City meeting point and headed toward Zoologischer Garten Bahnhof, we had been coached that it would take courage and respect to interact with people who were different from us. Obviously giving out food wouldn’t be […]

1 April

The Red Car is Gone

Kantstraße from the third floor flat. Framing history through my view out the window. I see ornate structures restored. Others newly built. Rows of shops that make today’s Berlin – fresh-baked bread, amps and basses, buds and blossoms, antiques from an era gone by, Wiener Beisl next to Paris Bar and Restaurant. Who lives behind […]

8 March

Picturing Impossible, Possible

Does this look like a picture of a world-class, cosmopolitan city to you? Probably not. I shot this panorama from a local bridge where I like to run. It doesn’t reflect the modernity of Berlin like these photos of Berlin do, but, for me, it gives an unpolished glimpse of a city in progress. Berlin is a constantly […]

4 March

Get to Know the City

When I seek to understand a city, I try to balance three sources of input: written material (stories, history, studies, etc.), talking to people (first-hand understanding), and walking the streets (my own feeling, sensing, observing).

There are several categories, general and specific, that I seek to understand: