Location and Culture:
Berlin is the capital and largest city in Germany, with nearly 3.5 million residents; it is also the third-largest metro area in the European Union. It is located in northeastern Germany, around fifty miles from the border of Poland. The city’s origins lie in the middle ages, but its modern roots date to the eighteenth century with the growth of the kingdom of Prussia. In the late nineteenth century, Berlin became an industrial center as well as the capital of the new German Empire. The wars of the twentieth century, along with the Cold War division of Germany, and the Wall in Berlin, shaped the subsequent development of the city. For years, a reunified Berlin experienced high rates of unemployment and slow economic growth; yet it was a cultural mecca, a home to artists and students, and a center of multiculturalism. Relative to peer cities like London and Paris, Berlin remains affordable. But in recent years, the acceleration of economic growth has led to concerns about responsible urban development and gentrification. Meanwhile, the recent influx of refugees has been used to reinvigorate older forms of racial politics. Berlin has a unique history, and occupies a singular space in Germany, but like most cities, it remains full of challenges and opportunities.
Projects are still in development, but we are interested in working with sponsors whose work centers on environmental activism, urban planning, and refugee support.