More than half of the world’s population is now living in cities, the number of population
shifting from rural to urban environments keeps growing at fast pace.

This situation raises the question about “urban conditions” and the deep need to include these citizens in the public agenda to set a necessary dialogue and debate for our future generations.

The Universal Declaration of the Urban Rights in not meant to be a fix proclamation, but a coordinated infrastructure for the common construction, an environment that enables active thinking and makes possible the qualitative management of information about the city and what it means to be a citizen.

An open source city, an unfinished infrastructure, a never ending declaration that claims for a qualitative urbanism, allowing the inclusion of investigations, constructed not only with numbers, statistics and graphics but also from opinions, comments and quality structures.

The Universal Declaration of Urban Rights Berlin (UR_BER) considers citizens as experts of their city and invites them to give their critical opinion and to discuss alternative ideas and practices for the use of its public space.

For this purpose, we start with an easy methodology to record comments and opinions about Urban Rights, ordering interventions in three broad areas that are asked to every interviewed participant: 1. A fundamental right to protect, 2. An unpublished right yet to conquer or to introduce and 3. A situation to eradicate.

Visitors are invited to record their personal opinions on this at the UR_BER Videocall, and upload it to the project website berlin.urbanrights.com.

Secondly we introduce The Urban Parliament, a citizen infrastructure and concept built to held “Parliamentary Sessions” for a common working progress on a Berlin City Open Chart. In every session different participants from grassroots initiatives, several experts and citizens are invited to debate about a specific topic together with the exhibition visitors. The common aim is to establish new fundamentals for the use of Berlin’s public spaces and to apply them using a collective city map of alternative urban practices. In a final session, this UR_BER Chart with concrete demands will be handed over to Berlin policy makers.

This is an open data project, meant to be always available and discussed on
berlin.urbanrights.org.

This project is originally conceived by Zuloark Collective. Already performed in several
european cities it’s currently active in Berlin, co-curated by Julia Förster with the support of Andreas Krüger, for the occasion of DEMO:POLIS Exhibition.