Brittany Garcia

Urban Planning Blogger

Brittany is a Berlin-based graduate student with a penchant for environmental sustainability and urban planning. Her research focus centers on how urban agriculture revitalizes local economies. Follow her to discover why Germany's capital is a gritty metropolitan paradise.

Reichstag Exemplifies Germany’s Energy Transition Commitment

by Brittany Garcia

Germany has been in the vanguard of going green. It has implemented a myriad of environmental policies, such as the Climate Action Plan 2050 to ensure a greener tomorrow. The plan’s objective is to eliminate nuclear ener... Read article

Since The Wall: Berlin's Transformation to a Cultural Capital

by Brittany Garcia

On August 13, 1961, during the height of the Cold War, the East German government built a wall to keep residents of East Berlin from defecting to West Berlin. This so-called ‘antifascist protection wall,’ as it was calle... Read article

Tiergarten: Berlin’s Central Park Becomes A Home for the Homeless

by Brittany Garcia

Tiergarten literally translates to “animal garden” from German to English. The parliamentary, government and diplomatic district in the German capital is named after this so-called animal garden. Tiergarten is considered... Read article

Famous Tempelhof Airport Remains Berlin's Playground

by Brittany Garcia

Oxford Dictionary defines “airport” as, “a complex of runways and buildings for the take-off, landing, and maintenance of civil aircraft, with facilities for passengers.” People have now been traveling by air for just ov... Read article

Berlin's East Side Gallery: A Symbol of Unity in a City Once Separated

by Brittany Garcia

President Ronald Reagan once famously proclaimed: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” Reagan was referring to the Berlin Wall, which physically and ideologically divided Germany from 1961 until 1989 due to the Cold War... Read article

5 Reasons Why Berlin's Urban Form is Different from the Rest of Germany

by Brittany Garcia

Many visitors that explore Berlin are often puzzled by the eclectic appearance of its sea of buildings, and often dislike this incoherence. Generally,  people wonder why Berlin lacks a coherent style that is undeniably r... Read article

How Berlin Wall's Fall Increased Access to Green Public Open Spaces

by Brittany Garcia

The wise Kermit the Frog once said, “It’s not easy being green,” and he couldn’t have been more right. “Why is that?” you may ask. The simple answer to your question: urbanization. According to United Nations fore... Read article

Berlin, Germany is Taking Aggressive Action for Housing Affordability

by Brittany Garcia

What do you think of when you think of Berlin? For many, the first conceptions are Brandenburger Tor and Eastside Gallery (Formerly, The Berlin Wall). These famous landmarks have been embedded into the face of Berlin ... Read article

Driven by Innovation: Stuttgart, Germany's Mercedes-Benz Museum

by Brittany Garcia

Conceptualized after the double helix, the Mercedes-Benz Museum’s inimitable design, in Stuttgart, Germany, represents the 125-year evolutionary process of the automobile. The DNA that has driven the evolution, since... Read article

Santiago Calatrava’s Florida Polytechnic University Campus Reflects a Culture of Innovation

by Brittany Garcia

Lakeland is home to Florida Southern College, the world’s largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture; however, now it has also become the home to Florida Polytechnic University, which was desig... Read article

Historically Preserved Polk Theatre Continues to Blast Lakeland, Florida Spectators to the 1920s

by Brittany Garcia

The roaring twenties was a period of sustained economic prosperity with a distinctive cultural edge in the United States. The era saw the significant use of modern inventions such as automobiles, telephones, motion p... Read article

Florida Southern College Ranked ‘America’s Most Beautiful Campus’ for Wright Reasons

by Brittany Garcia

Voted consecutively by The Princeton Review as “The Most Beautiful Campus in the Nation,” Florida Southern College is a National Historic Landmark that holds the world’s largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd ... Read article