Doing Urban Ethnography

Walking through the city, we aimed to capture its hidden symbolic logic, cultural, social and spatial codes in the research exercise during our KOSMOS Workshop “Beyond Urban Transformation”. What we capture is strongly influenced by our own attitudes, perceptions and attributions of meaning: the way we are socialized influences how we sense the city and…

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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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