Nate Berg


Nate Berg is a journalist. He is a staff writer for Fast Company Magazine, covering design. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Guardian, Wired, Curbed, NPR and 99% Invisible, among many others. Nate is a two-time finalist for the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists. In 2016 he was awarded the Abe Fellowship for Journalists, a Japan-focused reporting grant provided by the Social Science Research Council and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership. He is based in Detroit.


Some selected articles.

Welcome to the golden age of car headlight design
From Audi to Chevrolet, automakers are embracing more creative–and audacious–lighting design.
–Fast Company, December 13, 2022
The real star of Wes Anderson's films? The model maker who meticulously crafts the signs and buildings
Go behind the scenes with the artist responsible for many of Wes Anderson's spectacular miniature models.
–Fast Company, October 21, 2021
Charlotte may have cracked the code on affordable housing. Here's how
A $58 million fund is being used to buy up affordable buildings and keep the rents low.
–Fast Company, January 25, 2021
A Rich History of Pre-Genocide Armenia Hides in Family Heirlooms and Handwritten Notes
Scholars build a record of pre-genocide memories of home.
–Los Angeles Times, January 17, 2020
The Kaiser's Family Wants Its Stuff Back. Germany Isn't Sure They Deserve It.
The former royal family lost countless artworks, palaces, and wealth in the 20th century. But were they victims–or enablers of the Nazis?
–Foreign Policy, November 19, 2019
Not in my bat's yard
By turning community spaces into habitats for a protected species, bat boxes throw a wrench into the development process.
–Curbed, October 2, 2019
The Accidental Planners
The Berlin activists who staged a protest at a vacant government building didn't imagine they'd end up leading a €140 million redevelopment project.
–Places, June 10, 2019
Man vs. Nature
Can engineering save Louisiana's coastline?
–Curbed, November 6, 2018
How the Great California Dispensary Heist Went Horrifically Wrong
One of the most outrageous crime sagas of the 21st century starts with a severed penis...and only gets stranger from there.
–Narratively, September 18, 2018
Stadium Upgrades Squeezing Out Brazil's Poorer Fans
Generations of Brazilians have grown up in the Estadio Jornalista Mario Filho, known around the world as the Maracana. Ahead of the 2014 World Cup, the general admission area has steadily disappeared.
–The New York Times, May 4, 2011