Germany

April 19, 2010, 6am PDT
Small German towns that had sold off their energy utilities to large corporations in the 1990s are trying to buy them back. They want to be back in on the lucrative energy market, but have large and formidable opponents.
Der Spiegel
April 2, 2010, 5am PDT
A German homeowner is frustrated with the traffic in his neighborhood, so he designs and installs his own speed bump for his street. While there are no English subtitles, the pictures and sounds illustrate the directions and results all too well.
YouTube
February 2, 2010, 10am PST
Birth rates are dropping across Europe, and some cities are on the verge of collapse because of it. Exhibit A: Hoyerswerda, Germany.
Guardian
January 9, 2010, 9am PST
A new manifesto is being circulated in Hamburg, Germany, where city officials have used the concept of the "creative class" to rebrand the city and lure in creative people. The resulting gentrification of the city has many locals upset.
Der Spiegel
November 13, 2009, 8am PST
An architect in Berlin has proposed replacing the city's now-unused Tempelhof airport with a giant man-made mountain, dubbed The Berg.
The Architect's Journal
November 8, 2009, 5am PST
After twenty years of reunification, the eastern part of Germany is finally beginning to lure educated workers back.
The New York Times
October 7, 2009, 11am PDT
A proposed CCS site under an eastern German village has met serious opposition from locals who fear their crops and families will suffer. Scientists and the energy company say it's perfectly safe.
The Wall Street Journal
September 26, 2009, 9am PDT
Urban sports like bike polo and urban golf are taking off in Germany, and are beginning to bring life back to formerly uninhabited concrete spaces.
Der Spiegel
September 2, 2009, 11am PDT
A historic airfield in Berlin will be transformed over the next year into the city's largest park.
The Local
August 27, 2009, 12pm PDT
As Germany's elections near, the makers of 'Miniature Wonderland' invite political parties to use their scale models to show the public what their utopia would look like.
Speigel International
May 27, 2009, 5am PDT
Germany's experience in implementing environmentally-friendly concepts like green roofs, wind power and other renewables is pointing the way for many American decisionmakers.
The New York Times
Blog post
May 26, 2009, 5pm PDT
I’d been obsessed with it ever since I saw The Princess and the Warrior. (Between that and the funicular in Flashdance, there is just something about bad-ass chicks that commute via unique transit.) So, when I found myself with an unexpected free morning in Essen, Germany, after especially cooperative weather for photographing the day before, I hopped on the S-Bahn towards Wuppertal to see the famed train. 

Jess Zimbabwe
May 12, 2009, 2pm PDT
Vauban, Germany is a new suburb that is part of the 'smart planning movement'. It is car-free, i.e. the streets are car-free, while car ownership is allowed but restricted to two garages, and the cost unbundled. Only 30% of families own cars.
The New York Times - Environment
April 18, 2009, 11am PDT
Germany, while similarly autocentric, has managed to create a much more sustainable transportation system than the U.S., according to a study commissioned the by Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program.
Brookings
March 9, 2009, 8am PDT
The economic recession is hard to notice in Berlin. The German capital has struggled economically for years and continues to.
Der Spiegel
January 30, 2009, 5am PST
Traffic is a nightmare in Cali, Colombia, the Latin American country's third-largest city. But a massive redesign is taking place, with German transit efficiency guiding the way.
Der Spiegel
January 23, 2009, 9am PST
A massive WWII-era airfield in Berlin has been closed down, but city officials are looking for ways to take advantage of the large space. New ideas abound -- from a proposal for a "red light" district to plans for an artificial mountain.
Der Spiegel
January 5, 2009, 6am PST
Plans to construct a replica of a German palace in Berlin are being met with confusion and derision. It's a project that many critics say has no point.
International Herald Tribune
December 10, 2008, 6am PST
According to Kirk Rogers, European suburbs are not all that different from American ones--they indulge the need for space, good schools, and cars-- and they're there to stay.
New Geography
September 5, 2008, 2pm PDT
Stinky trains may become a thing of the past in Berlin, where officials are sniff-testing new fragrances to mask the odors of public transit.
Der Spiegel