DEMO:POLIS – The Universal Declaration of Urban Rights / Urban Parliament


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 22 March: Open City Berlin - What do we really know about our city?
What do we residents know about our city? Which plots belong to the public sector and who are the decision takers? How is the allocation of public land handled and on what terms? How are potential profits, quality of planned utilization, concepts and public good weighed in the decision process?  How can information on public spaces be depicted in a transparent manner and be constantly up-to-date, and in who will be responsible for this?

Guests: Johannes Dumpe & Rocco Zühlke ( / openBerlin), Adrien Labaeye (TransforMap / transition>>lab), Michael Lafond (id22 – Institut für kreative Nachhaltigkeit / Spreefeld Genossenschaft), Representatives of the initiatives Stadt Neudenken, Stadt von unten, Rathausstern Lichtenberg

Moderation: Julia Förster and Andreas Krüger

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, 22 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