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These Sun-Tracking Devices Pipe Real Sunlight Into Shadowy Buildings

It’s a necessary evil of designing in cities: Only the tallest or most perfectly situated buildings get much sunlight. A company called Sun Central thinks it has a solution — in the form of an autonomous sun-tracking mechanism that sucks up sunlight and pipes it into dark buildings.


Berlin's Creepiest Abandoned Amusement Park Burnt Down By Suspected Arson

Sorry, fans of ruin porn, creators of would-be Saw-sequels and demented Walt Disney wannabes: The famous abandoned amusement park in Berlin named Spreepark was destroyed by two separate fires over the weekend. Arson is suspected.


Explore An 80-Room Nazi Bunker Converted Into A Home And Gallery

It takes a very specific kind of sensibility to live in the ruins of monstrous regime, but art collectors Karen and Christian Boros have it. The couple and their kids live in a bunker with 1.83m-thick concrete walls, originally built to hold 3000 people during air raids in Berlin, in 1942.


Berlin Is Retiming Some Of Its Street Signals For Cyclists

All over the world, we’re seeing cities add bike lanes, bike paths, bike parking, bike sharing — but the way you know cities are really getting serious is when they start reprogramming their signals for cyclists instead of cars. In Berlin, a new pilot project is doing exactly that.


Berlin Is Threatened From Below By Its Rising Water Table

While the American West stumbles forward into an already dangerous drought — and it’s barely even summer — Berliners are simply not using enough water. This means that the city’s water table is now on the rise, and it’s beginning to threaten the city’s buildings from below. Some basements have already been affected.


Every City Should Have A "Library Of Things"

It’s happened to us all. You’re planning for some big project and suddenly you’re in need of a power drill… Or kitchen stand mixer… Or hiking gear. Now, you could just shell out for it, but when are you going to use it again? Enter Leila, a genius little “borrowing shop” in Berlin that saves you money while putting the dusty things in your closet to good use.


Take A Tour Through The Mother Of All Airports

In a city of controversial historic buildings, Berlin’s massive Tempelhof Airport is one of the most embattled. This ageing, elegant behemoth served as a hub for the Nazis and, later, for the Berlin Air Lift. Now, it’s the focus of major development plans — and PBS just got a look inside.


You Can Buy Berlin's Creepiest Abandoned Amusement Park On Ebay

The chance to live in a land of childhood nightmares only comes around once in a lifetime. Spreepark, an amusement park in Berlin that’s been closed for over a decade, could now be yours. The property was recently listed on eBay for a cool €1.62 million ($2.5 million).


Berlin Hyper-Lapse Is Almost More Stunning Than Visiting It In Person

If you’re getting bored of the traditional time-lapse tour of a major city, this hyper-lapse run through Berlin should reinvigorate your passion for virtual tourism. Its frantic crash zooms and warped panoramic shots are the video equivalent of HDRI photography. Except, you know, not horribly unappealing to the eye.


Samsung Teases New Galaxy Note In IFA Trailer

Samsung loves a cryptic trailer. By far the most baffling one was the countdown clock for the Galaxy SIII trailer that said exactly nothing about the device. Unlike the SIII trailer though, Samsung’s 2012 Mobile Unpacked event teaser shows us the first quick grabs of what looks like the next Galaxy Note.


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