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. /Press release, WDET/
Reporter Martina Guzmann is the head behind the cross-cultural project The Detroit-Berlin Connection, which has become a multi-media series consisting of audio shows, videos and photos.
In an interview on WDET (The Craig Fahle Show) with Bruce Katz of the Brookings Institute and Wayne State University, Robin Boyle, Urban Planning Professor, Martina Guzman describes the biggest similarity of both cities: “I think in terms of the destruction, in terms of two cities that have been destroyed in completely different ways. I mean of course Berlin because of World War I but it recoverd World War II, and then the Cold War and really the division of the wall which destructed the eternal landscape. And I think, we`ve seen it dramatically here in Detroit, but for completely different reasons and that was the biggest similarity. And when people talked about the Berlin-Detroit Connection similarities, they usually talked about art and, you know, techno music, but it was something much, much deeper than that.” To find out more, visit the WDET website – the production has been broadcasted for the first time in October 2011 and all pieces are still available online here.