DEMO:POLIS – The Universal Declaration of Urban Rights


An Urban Parliament serves as infrastructure to draft a Berlin Urban Rights Chart (UR_BER) in a series of five public parliamentary working sessions. Members of city initiatives and other experts are invited to debate a specific issue at each session, together with the public. The common aim is to establish new fundamentals for the use of Berlin’s public spaces, and to apply them in a collective UR_BER city map of alternative urban practices. In a final session, this UR_BER Chart with concrete demands will be handed over to Berlin policy makers. Let’s make Berlin together!

The Urban Parliament is part of the project Universal Declaration of Urban Rights. It was conceieved by the collective Zuloark, and already performed in several European cities. The Berlin edition is curated by Julia Förster, with the support of Andreas Krüger.

Topic of the parliamentary session on 15 March: 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: Claudia Bartolomeyczik (Initiative für den Kiezerhalt), Christine Bock & Ulrich Pappenberger (Das Kotti-Prinzip), Fatma Cakmak & Ulrike Hamann (Kotti & Co), Frauke Hehl (Architektin mit Schwerpunkt Soziale Stadtentwicklung), Aljoscha Hofmann (Think Berl!n – Initiative für Stadtdiskurs), Tino Kretschmann (Platzmanagement Alexanderplatz für junge Leute), Martin Schwegmann (Programmleiter "Actors of Urban Change"), representatives of the initiatives 100% Tempelhofer Feld und Bizim Kiez amongst others

Moderation: Julia Förster

Place: Urban Parliament in the exhibition space

This event is part of the programme of the exhibtion "DEMO:POLIS - The Right to Public Space".

Tuesday, 15 Mar 2016

7 pm


Hall 2

Parliamentary Session with city initiatives, experts and visitors.
Free admission to event and exhibition space from 6 pm, discussion begins at 7 pm
In German language