Guests Summer Program City Country Land


Residency program: 596 Acres & Anna Heilgemeir, Atelier d’architecture autogérée, Bonnie Fortune und Brett Bloom, Design for the Living World  & Marjetica Potrč, INLAND/ Fernando García-Dory, Mathias Heyden

Architecture: fatkoehl architekten, Architectuul

Public talks: Christopher Dell, Frank Adloff, Johannes Euler, Sybille Bauriedl, Ulla Drenckhan

Film-Screening: Florian Wüst

596 Acres & Anna Heilgemeir

596 Acres New York / Reclaiming the Commons

Marking public space in New York / 596 Acres

Data as the key to controlling and understanding urban spaces: lawyer Paula Z. Segal founded the Brooklyn-based non-profit organisation 596 Acres in 2011. Working with tools to turn city data into information about particular pieces of land, the organization connects people around community land access. Paula Z. Segal and her fellow activists have not only enabled 32 (!) several community groups to get permission to use public land to create new gardens, pocket parks and farms in New York City, their project model has been replicated in New Orleans, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Melbourne and Montreal.

During her residency, Paula Z. Segal will work together with architect, artist and activist Anna Heilgemeir, Berlin. Her work moves along the need for, and possibilities of, inclusive production, decision-making and management of spaces in the city. More on 596 Acres and Anna Heilgemeir

Frank Adloff

Frank Adloff is professor for general sociology and sociology of culture at the University of Erlangen-Nurnberg. He researches on issues of civil society and foundations and he is the author of several books. His latest book, written together with Claus Leggewie, The Conviviality Manifest: For the New Art of Coexistence, was published in 2014 by transcript Publishing. It brings about a critique of utilitarian thinking and its categories of purposive rationality and utility maximization. Adloff and Leggewie states that with the end of the growth-based society, people are searching for new ways of living together. This is evident in the example of the renaissance of the cooperative. In the book they raise the question: In this globalized time, how can we live together, be different from each other, and have conflicts, without killing each other?

more on Frank Adloff and the conviviality manifest (in German)

Atelier d’architecture autogérée

R-URBAN in Colombes / aaa

R-URBAN in Colombes / aaa

Self-organized architecture and resilient cities: The Studio for Self-managed Architecture (aaa) was founded by the architects Constantin Petcou and Doina Petrescu in 2001. aaa is a collaborative platform focussing on the cultural, social and political changes in contemporary cities through research and interventions. With the help of urban tactics, people are encouraged to take advantage of un-used spaces through self-organized actions. With aaa’s ambitious project R-Urban in Colombe, a middle-sized city north-west of Paris, they build and connect an urban agricultural project (AgroCité), a recycling station (RecycLab) and a co-operative and ecological housing project (EcoHab).

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Sybille Bauriedl

Since the 1990s, Sybille Bauriedl is investigating mainstream models of key European cities in the context of economic globalization and global environmental change. Her interest lies not only in urban policy discourses but also in concrete dynamics within socio-economic processes and conflicts over resources within and between cities. Further research interests of her include gender studies and political ecology. Bauriedl is a researcher at the Academy of Advanced African Studies in Bayreuth, working on international climate policy and its implementation at national and local levels in Kenya.

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Brett Bloom & Bonnie Fortune

Alphabet of the Anthropocene / Bonnie Fortune & Brett Bloom

Alphabet of the Anthropocene / Bonnie Fortune & Brett Bloom

Art and ecology: Bonnie Fortune and Brett Bloom work together on art research projects following the topics of ecology and habitat. Together, they have developed several projects on urban habitats and ecology as well as they have written about art and ecology.

Brett Bloom is currently working on Breakdown Break Down, a project on civil society’s answers to the hovering climate-chaos. Bonnie Fortune has recently published an anthology of artistic positions on ecological issues in Scandinavia.

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Christopher Dell


Christopher Dell lives and works as a theorist and composer in Berlin. He is one of the leading vibraphonists in Europe. A further focus of interest for Dell is the practices and organization of today’s cities. Together with others, he is the founder and initiator of the research project Universität der Nachbarschaften (Neighborhoods’ University) at the HafenCity University, Hamburg. Dell is the director of ifit, Institut for Imporvisation Technologie in Berlin. He has taught at the Architectural Association, London, The University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg, the Columbia University New York and at the Academy for Bouwkunst, Arnhem.

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Design for the Living World / Marjetica Potrč

The Soweto Project / Design for the Living World

The Soweto Project / Design for the Living World

Journey (wom)men and participatory Design: Design for the Living World is Marjetica Potrč’ class for participatory practice from the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg. Inspired by the traditions of journeymen and traveling craftsmen who acquire their skills through traveling from city to city, the students work in projects in different cities and countries. The methodology of the class is based on multidisciplinary research and focuses on participatory design. In the recent past, the students have been searching for sustainable solutions in the cities of Tromsø, Belgrade, Soweto and New York.

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Ulla Drenckhan

Ausschnitt Falk-Plan Berlin, Ausgabe 1977

Falk-Map of Berlin from 1977

Ulla Drenckhan studied European Ethnology at Humboldt University Berlin as well as Theory and History at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg. Her current research focuses on argumentation strategies and rooms for manoeuvre of failed urban sustainability concepts.

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Johannes Euler

Johannes Euler is a researcher at the Institut for Cultural Studies for the project Future Water and is writing his PhD on the topic of Commoning – Water as Commons?! Potentials and Limitations for Solving Regional and Global Water Conflics. He is also an active member of the Commons-Institute e.V. and the Network for Plural Economy e.V. as well as the International Association for the Study oft he Commons, in the Network Wachstumswende e.V. and the Union for Education and Science.

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fatkoehl architects & architectuul

Modell "Laube im Prinzessinnengarten" von fatkoehl

Model “Arbour in Prinzessinnengarten” by fatkoehl

fatkoehl architekten develop and build architectural spaces for interaction and diversity. Florian Köhl has accompanied the development of the idea of an architectural structure for the Neighborhood Academy since 2013. The Arbour in Prinzessinnengarten is the outcome of this process and will become a vertically growing community garden and a platform for public events, studios, work- and talk-shops.

Christian Burkhard is a journalist and economist and has worked with Florian Köhl for several years. He is the founder of the online architectural platform Architectuul and advises architects and urban planners on the development of economic scenarios for diverse and liveable cities. He has supported fatkoehl architects and the Neighborhood Academy in the development of the architectural structure of the Academy since 2013.

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Fernando García-Dory / INLAND

Shepherd School / Fernando García-Dory

Shepherd School / Fernando García-Dory

Fernando García-Dory is an artist whose work engages in today’s relationship between culture and nature. He examines relationships to landscapes, rural areas, identities but also (global) crises’, utopias or the potential for social transformation. He studied fine arts and rural sociology in Madrid and Amsterdam, and is preparing a PhD in agro-ecology.

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Mathias Heyden


Mathias Heyden is a carpenter and architect. He operates under the name ISPARA, a Berlin based office and lab for strategies of participative architecture and spatial appropriation. Hayden engages as researcher, artist, author, editor, and organizer. He works as assistant professor at The Technical University of Berlin, Institute for Architecture, Chair for Urban Design and Architecture, as well as guest professor at The Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg, chair for architecture and urban research.

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Florian Wüst

Florian Wüst und Ralph Eue: Die moderne Stadt

Florian Wüst, Ralph Eue: The Modern City

Florian Wüst is a Berlin based visual artist and independent film curator. His work revolves around the history of post-war Germany and modern social, economic and technical progress. Wüst frequently writes and lectures on topics related to film and society. A reoccurring topic in his work is the city. The DVD The modern city. Film-Essays on new urbanities in the 1950/60s, co-edited by Wüst and Ralph Eue, was published in 2015. In 2008, he published the book Who Says Concrete Doesn’t Burn, Have You Tried? Film in West-Berlin in the 1980s, together with Stefanie Schulte Strathaus.

Incorporated in the Neighborhood Academy, Florian Wüst is curating a film-program referencing to land-issues,  tenant struggles and self-sufficiency in the city and on the countryside.

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