Kompaktkurs I The Politics of Objects

February 3, 2015, posted in Civic Infrastructures
Do objects have politics? Perhaps in the way that they are viewed, or used, or in the way that they go beyond what we intend with them to become political in their own right? How do they attempt to convince us with their ideologies and agendas? When do things create alliances, form cartels, and emerge in a sphere of politics parallel to ours? In this one-week

Kompaktkurs I Trashdesign

February 3, 2015, posted in Civic Infrastructures
Ist das Kunst oder kann das weg? Was macht den Moment aus, der einem Gegenstand die Klassifizierung „Müll“ verschafft? Sterben Objekte, wenn sie zu Müll werden und wenn ja: Was kommt danach? Wiedergeburt durch Re- oder gar Upcycling? Oder ist der Mülltod erst der Anfang einer anarchistischen Reise aus Auflösung, Metamorphose und Entstehung neuer Symbiosen? In diesem Kompaktkurs geht es um den organisierten Tod der Dinge

Kompaktkurs I My life, my home, nobody’s business?

February 3, 2015, posted in Civic Infrastructures
Wie gestalte ich ein Kollektiv? STADT ist die Auseinandersetzung mit den Anderen auf engstem Raum. Wir wollen anonym und ganz privat bleiben und gleichzeitig alles teilen. Wir wollen Teil der Community sein und unsere Verbindlichkeiten möglichst unverbindlich gestalten. Doch was heißt das genau? Das urbane Miteinander gerät immer mehr in den Fokus eines neu erweckten Bewusstseins für Soziales Design. Im Seminar besprechen wir Aspekte des

Community Now Symposium 2015: Registration open

December 23, 2014, posted in Civic Infrastructures
WHEN: February 19th – 21st, 2015 WHERE: Jewish Museum Berlin, Lindenstraße 9-14, 10969 Berlin   The international symposium focusses on emergent issues of bottom-up movements, especially in relation to current social developments in Germany and Israel. Together with guests and projects from all over we explore how to promote processes of active participation and support a sustainable development of communities, their impact on policy making and our everyday


December 15, 2014, posted in Civic Infrastructures
Last week, we have presented the projection from the Pinpointing Mehringplatz at the Neighborhood Event ‘Winterfest’ in Mehringplatz. During the event, neighbors had the chance to add their comments to the pictures and previously collected entries. Was a lot of fun! Our next neighborhood workshop will be on January 16th, 2015 at Mehringplatz, at 17:00. Come and join!

Stop Motion: The Community Platform

December 12, 2014, posted in Civic Infrastructures
The video illustrates the concept of a Community Platform which offers different levels of access and involvement, fuelling community-engagement with an online-offline infrastructure. The aim is to create an overarching model for our endeavours, which is to facilitate individuals to organize themselves around a shared issue in a communicative way.

Weekly Colloquium | Lakoff & Johnson »Metaphors we live by« (1980)

December 9, 2014, posted in Embodied Interaction
This week, we'll be going through Lakoff & Johnson's seminal book "Metaphors we live by".

Keynote-Speaker Barbara Meyer at the Community Now Symposium

December 3, 2014, posted in Civic Infrastructures
The Director of the Schlesiche 27 and initiator of the CUCULA project will talk about her strategy to turn a vision into form, how to bundle esthetic and civic education and promote awareness for democracy and participation. Among others, she will present the Refugees Company for Crafts and Design CUCULA and the Juni Park Project. Looking very much forward to it! Community Now: Read more...

Arson attack on the Max Rayne Yad Be Yad Jerusalem School

December 1, 2014, posted in Civic Infrastructures
Last Friday at the Willy Brandt Haus, on the occasion of a photo exhibition by the Istanbul photographer Ara Güler, we were invited to present our work within neighborhoods as Fischerinsel Berlin and the 'Community Now?' project, a German-Israeli cooperation. We also talked about Yad Be Yad Jerusalem, a partner within the cooperation. Sadly enough that yesterday we had to hear about the dreadful news. The bilingual school Hand in Hand

Weekly Colloquium | Martijn de Waal »The City as Interface« (2014)

November 18, 2014, posted in Civic Infrastructures
In this week’s colloquium we will start a new overarching topic: we will discuss affective design systems. The affective aspect in the upcoming colloquium will be the question if digital technology fosters or prevents interaction between city dwellers. The basis of the discussion is provided by the introduction of Martijn de Waals dissertation »The City as Interface« (2014, nai010 publishers).