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 specific demands will be handed over to Berlin policy makers.

Feel free to come and join us!

UR_BER Parliamentary Sessions Schedule

Dienstags / Tuesday 19h00
Session #1

Berlin: Do we have a right to our city?

Can the city actually be inclusive? What makes a place a public space? How should it be created to enable democratic participation for its users? Where in Berlin can we express our opinion, claim our right of assembly, practice political reflection and negotiate public issues? How can a place create new forms of public and contribute to a diverse community?

Guests : VertreterInnen der Initiativen / Representatives of the initiatives 100% Tempelhofer Feld, Bizim Kiez, Für den Kiezerhalt/Quartier Nördliche Bergmannstraße, Kotti & Co, Christine Bock (Das Kotti-Prinzip), Aljoscha Hofmann (Think Berl!n – Initiative für Stadtdiskurs), Tino Kretschmann (Platzmanagement Alexanderplatz für junge Leute), Dr. Martin Schwegmann (Programmleiter “Actors of Urban Change”) und weitere.

Moderation : Julia Förster

Session #2

Open City Berlin: What do we really know about our city?

What we residents know about our city? Which plots belong to the public sector and who are the decision takers? How is the allocation of public land handled and on what terms? How are potential profits, quality of planned utilization, concepts and public good weighed in the decision process? How can information on public spaces (and resources) be depicted in a transparent manner and be constantly up-to-date, and in who will be responsible for this?

Gäste : Johannes Dumpe & Rocco Zühlke ( / openBerlin), Adrien Labaeye (TransforMap / transition>>lab), Michael Lafond (id22 – Institut für kreative Nachhaltigkeit / Spreefeld Genossenschaft), VertreterInnen der Initiativen Stadt Neudenken, Stadt von unten und Rathausstern Lichtenberg

Moderation : Julia Förster & Andreas Krüger
Place: Urban Parliament in Ausstellungshallen

Session #3

Berlin as common good: How can we use our city together?

What if the whole city would be a “common”? How would the public space be designed and used when the common good is a priority – and by whom? What are the opportunities and where the obstacles in organizing communal use? Are welfare and commercial exploitation compatible interests? How could citizens design and manage common city spaces hand in hand, and what forms of organization do we need for that?

Gäste : Miren Artola (workstation ideenwerkstatt Berlin e.V.), Sophie Bloemen (The Commons Network), Marco Clausen (Prinzessinnengarten), Severin Halder (Allmende-Kontor), Michael Lafond (id22 – Institut für kreative Nachhaltigkeit / Spreefeld Genossenschaft), Ulrike von Wiesenau (Gemeingut in BürgerInnenhand / GiB), vorbehaltlich Zusage: VertreterInnen der Initiativen Freifunk Berlin, Open Street Map, Sharing Cities Network, Die Wiesenburg

Moderation : Julia Förster
Place: Urban Parliament in Ausstellungshallen

Session #4

Mobility in Berlin: What drives us?

Public transport, cycle paths, pedestrian zones, noise protection: what drives us in Berlin? What priority is given to the right to mobility? How are mobility and transport related to each other, and how do they affect the use of public space? How socially and environmentally sustainable is the transport in Berlin organized? Does the current infrastructure still meet the mobility needs of people and the urban and global development? What alternative models exist?

Gäste : Aljoscha Hofmann (Think Berl!n – Initiative für Stadtdiskurs), Claudia Brückner, Stefan Lieb (Umkehr e.V.), Karl-Heinz Ludewig ( – Netzwerk Solidarische Mobilität), Michael Spenner (TrippleB – Berliner Begegnungszone Bergmannstraße), Heinrich Strößenreuther (Volksentscheid Fahrrad & Initiative Clevere Städte), Simon Wöhr (Radbahn Berlin)

Moderation : Carolin Ackermann
Place: Urban Parliament in Ausstellungshallen

Session #5

Urban space Berlin: Where can we still experiment?

What potential for experimentation does the Berlin public space provide? Where can alternative urban design practices be tested? What forms of creative appropriation are there and are they compatible with building codes and other regulations? How can communities be strengthened through collaborative creative activities?

Gäste : Stéphane Bauer (Leiter Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien / Beauftragter des Bezirksamt Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg für Kunst im öffentlichen Raum), Tim Edler (Flussbad Berlin), Siri Frech (Urban Catalyst Studio), Alice Grindhammer & Pedro Jardim (Agora Collective), VertreterInnen von Guerilla Architects, Kollektiv On/Off, Stiftung Freizeit, vorbehaltlich Zusage: Kathrin Wildner (Stadtethnologin).

Moderation : Carolin Ackermann
Place: Urban Parliament in Ausstellungshallen

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Demands to policy makers

Delivery of Berlin Urban Rights chart.

Moderation : Wilfried Wang
Place: Studio der ADK (Theatersaal)

Urban parliament structure

Session in the Urban Parliament

March 15th, 22th, 29th + May 10th and 17h. from 7pm
Five working sessions to establish the Berlin Urban Rights Chart
Location: Urban Parliament in ADK exhibition space

May 24th. from 7pm
Urban Parliament: Demands to Policy Makers. Handing over Urban Rights open Chart + Symposium with Berlin politicians.
Location: ADK Studio (Theater Hall)

Free admission to exhibition and activities every Tuesday from 6pm

The Berlin Urban Parliament is a public infrastructure meant also to be enjoyed by any visitor giving them the chance to propose and schedule free activities inside it following a public “space renting” timetable.

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