Hacking Urban Furniture // Auftakt-Konferenz im ZK/U

März 18, 2017

07.04. – 08.04.2017

ZK/U Berlin Moabit

 

Bei der Konferenz gibt es einen workshop von mir, hier die offizielle Ankündigung für die ganze Veranstaltung:
Bushaltestellen, City-Toiletten, Bänke, Mülleimer, Infoboards… Stadtmöblierung in Kombination mit Außenwerbung bestimmt seit ca. 30 Jahren die Grammatik unserer Städte. Das Projekt “Hacking Urban Furniture” will dieses den öffentlichen Raum unserer Städte bestimmende Geschäftsfeld untersuchen: Wie können so prominente öffentliche Objekte in Zeiten von Private Public Partnerships (PPP), bürgerlichen Begehren nach mehr Teilhabe, neuen Produktionstechniken und ökonomischen Optimierungsfantasien anders gestaltet, produziert, gepflegt und ökonomisch nachhaltig betrieben werden? Wie können Beteiligungsprozesse aussehen, die prototypisch für den Umgang mit öffentlichen Raum sind?

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Corporate urban furniture, space, and money

November 12, 2016

Artistic research for the project Hacking Urban Furniture at ZK/U, Berlin-Moabit
WALL advertising display on Straße des 17. Juni, Berlin, image: sia

WALL advertising display on Straße des 17. Juni, Berlin, image: sia

The basic idea is a Marx-inspired socio-economic analysis of spatial patterns of corporate urban furniture; albeit in a more empirico-practical or artistic research way. The idea is to try to break down the financial figures of corporate urban furniture to the single instances of the street furniture typology in Berlin. This could be pursued either through a systematic top-down theoretical approach or by something like a ‚financial biography‘ of single urban furniture pieces in a bottom-up fashion. The aim of the research is to think about a way – theoretically and artistically – to attach appropriate ‚price-tags‘ on the masses of corporate street furniture colonizing urban space. I’ll think along the lines of Keller Easterling’s Extrastatecraft1 approach: corporate street furniture as infrastructure in the sense of an agency involved in designing urban space. How does corporate street furniture program urban space, and who is programming?

The proposed method is to research and map the financial revenue of an urban furniture corporation onto their system of urban furniture in order to make visible their way of comodifying public urban space. The furniture is seen as a system of furniture-objects – as opposed to as a single object – in order to find a way to map their financial numbers in a differentiated manner: what are the elements and features of urban furniture systems that a corporation wants to put out in the city because they generate money, and what are the ones that it has to put out there as recompensation for the right to commodifiy parts of the public urban space? Or seen the other way around: How many dog stations do we get in exchange for giving a share of our attention to a mega advertising screen televising it’s message into public space, and do we want dog stations?

For this objective the project has two main tasks to address: (1) a plausible mapping of the corporation’s income and expenses onto their system of urban furniture, preferably type-wise and instance-wise. The main work here is the research into the buisness numbers and the price structure of ads placed via the corporation’s urban furniture system. Where hard numbers cannot be obtained, which is to be suspected given the secretive nature of buisness relations, the project can work with assumptions as it’s focus is on the system, not on the correctness of it’s quantitative evaluation. The second task is to (2) to come up with a model of the impact of urban furniture – seen still from the system’s perspective – on public space. The work here consists in building a metric to measure the spatial impact of ads vis-à-vis the additional functions they add to public space. The idea here is to employ a space syntax-inspired topological analysis of the distribution of the elements of the corporation’s urban furniture system within the city.

  1. Keller Easterling, Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space (London/New York: Verso, 2014). []

Smartification and the privatization of public spaces

Mai 7, 2016

The introduction of mobile broadband on a mass scale is often regarded as a technological enhancement of public space: as a new layer added to existing physical spaces that allows for a smarter management of scarce spatial resources or even for the creation of new public spaces by way of the appropriation of otherwise anonymous urban spaces through personalization (and the subsequent sharing of these profiles). But is that really the case? Or is – on the contrary – the ’smart-i-fication‘ of public space the end of public space as we know it? […]

Urban grassroot projects — Flussbad Berlin

August 3, 2015

© Flussbad Berlin / realities:united

© Flussbad Berlin / realities:united

This course is conceived as examination of the Flussbad project in Berlin. For details of the project see: http://www.flussbad-berlin.de/en/

We will analyse the context of the project in theoretical and historical perspective, split up into research task groups, collect empirical data, and produce collective micro contributions for the project. Besides and in addition to our academic perspective on the project, we have the opportunity to get to know the team behind the project and participate in the actual planning process.

The original announcement of the summerschool can be found here: https://www.tu-berlin.de/menue/summer_university/summer_schools/grass_roots_urban_design_projects_flussbad_berlin/parameter/en/

Cyberparks: workshop Barcelona

Dezember 2, 2014

 

End of November the Cyberparks research group held it’s third meeting at the Department de Geografia at Universitat Autonoma in Barcelona. It was a fruitfull meeting, the organizers managed very well to combine a dense schedule with a tentative exploration of the city. The app with which we intend to research the influence of digital media on urban spaces has made big leaps forward, we were already able to use it for the exploration of two case study areas in Barcelona.

The conceptual reflection-group in which I work has further refined it’s research objectives and it’s collaboration with the other working groups. The analysis of  the relation of digital media and material space through the conceptual trias space (urban parks) — society (network society) — technology (digital media) is still our center of attention, but the focus at the Barcelona meeting was more on the issue of how to install a sort of interface between the conceptual reflection the work in the other working groups. This is naturally a time consuming issue in a research group that diverse, but it’s also a sine qua non. So, with the working groups better geared together we are looking forward to the next meeting in Bristol, UK.

 

Betr.: Partizipative Gestaltungsprozesse, urbane Leerflächen, Potsdam

April 5, 2014

Dieses Sommersemester habe ich ein Seminar am Fachbereich Design der FH Potsdam gegeben. Im Seminar ging es um Grundlagen partizipativer Methoden in Gestaltungsprozessen. Am Thema urbaner Leerflächen in Potsdam wurden Strategien und Methoden von partizipativer Gestaltung erarbeitet und gemeinsam realisiert. Das Seminar gliedert sich in drei Teile: (1) Analyse und Darstellung von urbanen Brachflächen in Potsdam, (2) Theorie partizipativer Gestaltungsprozesse und der Gestaltung von Partizipation, und (3) Interventionen auf einer Leerfläche in Potsdam. Am Schluss stand eine gemeinsame Abschlusspräsentation, bei der die Interventionen für einen Tag in Potsdam realisiert wurden.

 

Die Seminarteilnehmer haben eine Website zur Dokumentation des Seminars erstellt, klicke hier: www.wohnzimmerkegelparty.de

In preparation: The Anxious Prop Case 5: The Intellectual Property Issue

Oktober 3, 2013

Co-directed with Miodrag Kuč (http://www.paraartformations.net), edited by Luis Berríos-Negrón (http://www.luisberriosnegron.org/).

December 15th 2013, 19:00h, LEHRTER SIEBZEHN

We have been working on it for a while now: together with Miodrag Kuč and Luis Berríos-Negrón I have been busy with the development of AXP’s 5th case, called The Intellectual Property Issue. Not everything but still much is in the making, two month away from the event at LEHRTER SIEBZEHN the collective is shifting into working mode. This is a mission statement for something that has yet to be detailed out.

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k67_Urban Router

August 2, 2012

 

The k67_Urban Router is a project initiated in collaboration with ParaArtFormations (Miodrag Kuc). It is a mobile plattform for urban investigations and actions, based on an upgraded Yugo kiosk from the 70ies. The k67 has its own WLAN-Intranet which is open, i.e. publicly accessible on the site. […]

Mach dein Kreuz!

Juli 14, 2012

OSM-basierte Zeichnung des Schillerviertels mit dem Standort der Produktionsfläche und im Viertel verteilten Kreuz-Objekten

Partizipatives Projekt zur Markierung und Diskussion von Orten im Schillerviertel/Kassel anhand eines Objektes

Das Projekt versteht sich als Experiment, um die Probleme und Potentiale des Schillerviertels im Innenraum dieses Viertels mit und für die Menschen des Viertels durch eine temporäre Interventionen zu thematisieren. Der Knackpunkt der Gestaltung eines Stadtviertels liegt in der Stiftung von Beziehungen: Ein Viertel ist dadurch bestimmt, wie die Menschen in ihm miteinander zu tun haben. Im Schillerviertel besteht Bedarf nach neuen Beziehungen – aber nach welchen konkret?

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Wrecking Pendulum: The Digital Habitat and Urban Editing as Emerging Practice

Juli 29, 2010

Installation for The Anxious Prop Case 2: Have Balls [Eccentric]

Different layers of Alexanderplatz, Berlin

The destruction and replacement logic of urban planning that is obvious at Alexanderplatz and elsewhere is not unusual in urban planning. It is the result of different and deeply entangled historical developments; very often these developments are approached via a criticism of capitalistic positivism which subordinates ever more aspects of life under economically quantifiable patterns.

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