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 29 March: Berlin as common good - How can we use our city together?
What if the whole city would be a “common”? How would the public space be designed and used when the common good is a priority - and by whom? Are welfare and commercial exploitation compatible interests? What are the opportunities and where the obstacles in organizing communal use? What public ressources should be provided? How could citizens design and manage common city spaces hand in hand, and what forms of organization do we need for that?

Guests:  Miren Artola (workstation ideenwerkstatt Berlin e.V.), Sophie Bloemen (The Commons Network), Marco Clausen (Prinzessinnengarten), Severin Halder (Allmende-Kontor), Michael Lafond (id22 – Institut für kreative Nachhaltigkeit / Spreefeld Genossenschaft), Ulrike von Wiesenau (Gemeingut in BürgerInnenhand / GiB)

Moderation: Julia Förster & 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, 29 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