DAY III: Urban Commons & Resilience

Urban transformation focuses primarily on the process of gentrification, urban renewal, neo-liberalization of the city, and housing (Smith 1996, Brenner 2002, Larsen 2016). Understanding these processes requires on-the-ground research on the everyday struggles and resilience of urban actors who are constantly adapting to emergent twenty-first century challenges, such as the negotiation of rights to the…

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Decoding mapping as practice: an interdisciplinary approach in architecture and urban anthropology

Text by Carolin Genz & Diana Lucas-Drogan, first published in The Urban Transcript Journal, Berlin. One can observe a renaissance in architecture, art and urban anthropology as in other cross-disciplines, rethinking the concepts of maps and cartography to capture the perceptions of the urban everyday. Moreover, academic as well as non-academic disciplines with a research…

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The production of common space (Prof. Stavros Stavrides)

Commoning is about complex and historically specific processes through which representation, practices and values intersect in circumscribing what is to be shared and how in a specific society. – Stavros Stavrides Experiences of space commoning in contemporary metropolises create forms of shared public life that overspill the boundaries of existing public spaces. Common space produced…

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Tower block tales (Sebastian Bührig)

Sebastian Bührig presents a critique of housing blocks from his research at Leipziger Straße beyond the “dictatorship of lines” and is interested in the “interfaces of communality,” the interpersonal and inbetween (buildings, people, city). Life in a high-rise is anonymous. That’s the prejudice. The high houses from the outside: upright in file. A strict grid puts…

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Counter-Mappings in art and architecture (Diana Lucas-Drogan)

The spaces we inhabit are structured by power structures and rules. In this dependency, our body, performances, and the way we navigate urban space interlink. In her works Diana Lucas-Drogan (re)draws and performs the cultural codes in counter-mappings and reflects on methods of representing the research field. Working as a freelance architect and artist, she…

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Always transformation: Theorizing the dynamic city and challenges for ethnography (Prof. Talja Blokland)

Prof. Talja Blokland Professor for Regional and Urban Sociology, Humboldt University of Berlin That the urban is undergoing transformations is inherent: whereas urban studies may have searched for the city of stability and equilibrium, more and more scholars now focus on the dynamics of the urban. This means, however, that our understanding of the urban…

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