Design is everywhere in our lives, perhaps most importantly in the places where we’ve just stopped noticing. 99% Invisible is a weekly exploration of the process and power of design and architecture. From award winning producer Roman Mars. Learn more at <a href="http://99percentinvisible.org">99percentinvisible.org</a>.<br/> A proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Learn more at <a href="http://radiotopia.fm/">radiotopia.fm</a>.
January 27th, 2016
Episode 210 of 263 episodes
The Iron Curtain was an 8,000-mile border separating East from West during the Cold War. Something unexpected evolved in the "no man's land" that the massive border created. In the absence of human intervention and disruption, an accidental wildlife refuge formed. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, conservationists from both sides of the divide realized this long-unused space could become the core path of a "European Greenbelt" connecting habitats across countries, including national parks and nature preserves. Such wildlife corridors can be found around the world at a range of scales, from mountain lion freeway overpasses and crab bridges to squirrel wires and fish ladders. Then, of course, there's the fish cannon.