Detroit and Berlin are iconic cities; symbols of cultural and economic domination, as well as of collapse, and (potential) rebirth. Detroit and Berlin have ideological similarities that go far beyond industrial power. As beacons of culture, Detroit and Berlin have both been on the cutting edge of arts activities. Berlin is a crossroads of European film, art, music and food; Detroit is a center of African-American culture, with global credibility in jazz, techno, and emerging cultural expressions.

The Detroit - Berlin Connection looks at the futures of these two great cities and looks at the measures being used to reinvent industrial cities for the 21st century. Scroll down to find stories, slideshows, videos and more.

Martina Guzmán

Edward Lifson

Veronica Zaragovia
John Notarianni

Cybelle Codish, Photographer
Matt Elliott, Designer & Assistant Producer
Laura Herberg, Assistant Producer
Michelle Srbinovich, Digital Manager
Alex Trajano, Post Production Sound Design
Marcus Posimski, Translator
Nicole Fritz, Sound Editor

The Detroit - Berlin Connection was made possible in part with support from the following:

The German Marshall Fund of the United States - A public policy institution that works to strengthen transatlantic relations. More at

The Kresge Foundation - Seeking to influence the quality of life for future generations. More at

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan - Promoting and facilitating community philanthropy. More at
Sponsor Logos With greatest gratitude to:
John Austin
Edith Castillo-Rincon
Margaret Gary

  • May 21

    Detroit-Berlin Connection: Subcultural Exchange for Urban Development  - The Craig Fahle Show

    The Detroit-Berlin Connection Conference will talk about how Berlin's counterculture transformed Berlin over a 25-year period. The Detroit-Berlin Connection project is an attempt to return Berlin’s transformational energy back to the city of its origin: Detroit.

  • Oct 04

    The Detroit - Berlin Connection - The Detroit Berlin Connection

    This feature is part of a series which aired on Oct. 4, 2011. Detroit: A metropolitan American city that’s had more than its share of challenges. The enormous city with a brilliant and sordid past is in the process of a radical re-invention. But as it goes through this re-invention, what city can Detroit look to as a guide or an example? A city across the Atlantic offers a look at what it takes to re-create a metropolis.

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