Castell: a human tower built traditionally in festivals in Catalonia / CC. Gustave Deghilage
Urban Open Source
The Make City festival centre has made a home for itself at the Czech Centre on Wilhelmstraße. In walking distance, on Leipziger Straße the former Czechoslovakian cultural centre can be found. Just like its counterpart, Leipziger Str.60 - now a.k.a. Konzulát - is a remarkable building with a grand soviet-style marble foyer with huge windows onto the city. With still affordable rent, the building represents one of the last examples of an interim use for young creatives in Berlin Mitte.
With Assemble – a collective of radical architects – finding themselves on this year’s Turner Prize shortlist, a spotlight has been shone on such groups working within urbanism: how are they brought together and how do they orientate themselves in the process? How do they come to form a constellation in orbit around a collection of shared goals?
The nets cast by collectives can spread across whole cities, with a reach that sometimes even extends across whole continents. Such ways of working combines a multitude of voices. But rather than being problematic, the heterogeneity is the strength of such collectives.
What does it mean to be a collective today after the likes of Archigram and more recently raumlabor, EXYZT and Basurama? Alumni of these groups and currents members of Collectif ETC, ONOFF and Collective Disaster will discuss their precarious, but creative strategies with Joanne Pouzenc and Rosario Talevi.
Valentina Karga, Pieterjan Grandry (Collective Disaster)
Victor Mahé, Pierre Lohou (Collectif ETC)
Sam Carvalho, Anika Juliane (ONOFF)