Public Space: Fights and Fictions

ANA DANA BEROŠ

Architect and curator Ana Dana Beroš (1979, Zagreb) focuses on creating uncertain, fragile environments that catalyse social change. She is the co-founder of ARCHIsquad—Division for Architecture with Conscience, and its educational programmes Out of Focus: Architecture of Giving and urgentArchitecture—Open Advisory Centres for Citizens. Through her interest in architectural theory and experimental design, she co-initiated the Think Space and Future Architecture platforms. In 2014, Intermundia, her research project on trans-European migration, was selected as the Wheelwright Prize finalist by Harvard GSD and received a special mention by the jury at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Her recent work includes interviews with international architects and theorists on the politics and poetics of space for Croatian Radio. She is currently curating the Zagreb Actopolis project.

In the contemporary concept and practice of commoning, establishing grounds for negotiations is more important than elaborating the grounds to affirm what already is common. Urban localities need to include a heterogeneous spectrum of different perspectives and identities, but since conflict is imminent in this practice of local co-existences, the question that remains is: Who has the democratic vote for exclusion from the public sphere?