Situation Berlin

Situation Berlin #2

Friday 26 and Saturday 27 November 2021.

Poster combining an image of the design of the House of Urban Praxis, an image of Place Internationale and texts about the conference.

Workshop-conference for Urban Praxis

In continuation of the conference “SITUATION BERLIN #1”, held in May by the Initiative Urbane Praxis, a manifesto of Urban Praxis will be developed at the end of November as part of “SITUATION BERLIN #2: Towards a Manifesto of Urban Praxis”: Who makes the city and with which cultures and practices? How can the right to the city be formulated without dogmatism?

Representatives of the Initiative – Benjamin Förster- Baldenius (raumlabor Berlin), Barbara Meyer (Schlesische 27 – Kunst und Bildung Berlin) – and additional guests – among others, Amelie Deuflhard (Kampnagel Hamburg), Martina Taig (KÖR Wien) und Brian Holmes (Autor, Aktivist und Künstler; Chicago) – exchange views on these questions.

Berlin has long been characterised by independently initiated building projects, self-organised spaces and a rich social culture. The right to the city is fought for and made by many people by means of the arts, design, planning and actions – in short: by Urban Praxis.

The city of Berlin has a large number of experienced actors from the field of “Urban Praxis” who do not only realise actions in public space. Rather, it is an independent form of city-making with an often long-standing expertise, which requires a binding consistency beyond a constant project logic. In the course of the sometimes crisis-ridden developments of the city, this expertise must drive processes of change, especially in the long term, and not only through occasional project funding.

Post-disciplinary “Urban Praxis” can be divided into three aspects: artistic and curatorial, urbanistic and planning-based and design and construction-based, and socio-cultural and activist practice.

At the suggestion of the Council for the Arts, the Initiative Urbane Praxiswas initiated in 2020 with Berlin-wide project partners that develop new structural proposals for these challenges at the interface of civil society actors, administration and politics. The Initiative Urbane Praxis is working on a cultural change in Berlin to find out what kind of city we want to live in together in the future.

In continuation of the conference Urban Cultures(2019), the New Society for Visual Arts (nGbK) as part of the Initiative Urban Praxis has organised, in 2021, two workshop conferences about the “SITUATION BERLIN”. The first part, »SITUATION BERLIN #1«, took place at the end of May 2021 decentralised at Berlin campus projects. Besides historical reviews, new ways and practices for stabilising Urban Praxis and urban cultures were explained.

In preparation for the second issue, »SITUATION BERLIN #2: Towards a Manifesto of Urban Praxis«, a printed, bilingual Glossary of Urban Praxis was developed (you can download it here) On the one hand, the aim is to sharpen our understanding of “Urban Praxis” through the diversity of those involved, and on the other hand to elaborate its central criteria and qualities. It is a matter of inscribing its potentials into the urban discourse through its artistic, creative and activist procedures.

A jointly developed manifesto will become the urban strategy that is needed to lead us towards a meaningful Urban Praxis and to determine the answers to the following questions: how can new forms of living together in the city be implemented that draw on the hidden histories and fragments of the past, address current problems and orient themselves towards the future? How can approaches to this be guided and consolidated in structural and institutional ways without becoming fossilised?

Organisers: nGbK
Concept team nGbK: Jochen Becker/metroZones, Anna Schäffler, Simon Sheikh

Logistics and registration

Seats are limited. The 2G-rule applies (participants are required to bring a certificate of vaccination or recovery).
Registration at

Friday, 26 November
Place: Stadtwerkstatt Mitte, Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 11, 10178 Berlin + Zoom

Saturday, 27 November
Place: “Lobby”, Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 9, 10178 Berlin


Friday, 26.11.
Panel withAmelie Deuflhard (Kampnagel Hamburg), Martina Taig (KÖR Wien), Benjamin Förster-Baldenius (raumlabor Berlin), Barbara Meyer (Schlesische 27 – Kunst und Bildung Berlin) and Brian Holmes (Autor, Aktivist, Künstler)

Further information follows.

Saturday, 27 November
, A Manifesto of Urban Praxis will be jointly elaborated with the help of the moderators Susanne Bosch and Matthias Einhoff.

Further information follows.

Haus Urbane Praxis, © Eva Hertzsch und Adam Page, Aquarell, 2021

Situation Berlin #1

Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 May 2021.

The workshop-conference team sits under the tent from which the sessions were broadcast live

Workshop-conference for Urban Praxis

In continuation to the the symposium ‘Urban Cultures’ (nGbK/Berlinische Galerie 2019), the nGbK, as part of the Initiative Urbane Praxis, is organising a two-part workshop conference on SITUATION BERLIN.

Who shapes the city, and with which cultures? How can the right to the city be formulated without dogmatism?
Berlin is characterised by wayward art projects, self-organised buildings and a rich social culture. The right to the city is being fought for and practised by many through the arts, design, planning and action – in short, Urbane Praxis. Based on a stocktaking of the current situation in Berlin, the Workshop-conference SITUATION BERLIN #1 will explain historical retrospectives as well as new ways and practices for a stabilisation of Urban Praxis and urban cultures. The aim of the symposium is to underpin the great potential of artistic, creative and activist practices in the face of current comprehensive challenges.

With Jesko Fezer, Graziela Kunsch, Annette Maechtel, Barbara Meyer/Markus Bader für Initiative Urbane Praxis, Malve Lippmann, Adam Page, Can Sungu, Elisa T. Bertuzzo, Renée Tribble u.a.m.

Logistics and registration

Via Zoom and from the campus projects station urbaner kulturen/nGbK – Place Internationale Hellersdorf, Baupalast Dragoner-Areal Kreuzberg, Haus der Statistik Mitte.

Registration with full name and selection of the respective workshop table at:

Team nGbK: Responsible for the conception is Jochen Becker/metroZones, assisted by Licia Soldavini/Constructlab, supported by Birgit Effinger, advised by Simon Sheikh/Goldsmiths College and in close cooperation with subject-specific and cultural-political actors.

The workshop conference in May will be followed by the development of action guiding documentation and a second conference in November.


Saturday 29 May 2021 | 18:00 – 21:00

Host: station urbaner kulturen – Place Internationale, Berlin-Hellersdorf

GreetingJochen Becker, Simon Sheikh, Licia Soldavini

Presentation of the Initiative Urbane Praxis
Barbara Meyer & Markus Bader (Rat für die Künste Berlin / Berlin Council for the Arts)
Roundtable „Situation Berlin“
Which methods of Urban Praxis are used to develop the city? How can artistic and planning processes be linked and become productive?
Elisa T- Bertuzzo (weißensee kunsthochschule berlin) in conversation with Annette Maechtel (nGbK Berlin) and Renée Tribble (Planbude Hamburg, Universität Detmold).

Further information here.

Sunday 30 May 2021 | 11:00 – 18:00

The round tables take place twice on Zoom for 20 participants each. Registration with full name and choice of the respective round table at:

Further information about the programme and the content of the roundtables can be found on the website of nGbK Hellersdorf.

11:00 – 13:15 Roundtable #1
Intro (Jochen Becker, Simon Sheikh, Licia Soldavini)
1 a) Brache (fallow land) – Adam Page & Jesko Fezer (in German)
1 b) Autonomy/Institution – Graziela Kunsch & Simon Sheikh (in English)
1 c) Accessibility – Malve Lippmann & Can Sungu (in German)

13:15 – 14:15 Lunch break

14:30 – 16:30 Roundtable #2
2 a) Brache (fallow land) – Adam Page & Jesko Fezer (in German)
2 b) Autonomy/Institution – Graziela Kunsch & Simon Sheikh (in English)
2 c) Accessibility – Malve Lippmann & Can Sungu (in German)

16:30 – 18:00 Final round
with Jochen Becker, Licia Soldavini, the three moderation teams & audience