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0232.1 Berlin Questions: Quarantine Economies ×

Covid-19 has shown us how swiftly local and global economies could shift potentially. Complete industries thrived, have been disrupted or completely re-structured. The time of quarantine marked a moment of standstill: The urgency of the pandemic made fundamental and structural change inevitable. It thereby proved the idea of Alternativlosigkeit wrong. Human paradigm and cultural values are not a given, but inscribed in the social, economic and legal frameworks that structure our everyday lives. How can we find and implement new policies for a common and better future of global metropolises?

How can we mobilize the law—too often producing processes of injustice and economic subordination at the service of companies and neoliberal forces—to act spatially and counter speculative construction, gentrification, social and spatial segregation, resource depletion, and technological escalation? Is a moratorium the right legal tool to bring spatial matters and resources to public debate? More generally, how to harness policy as a space regulator, bearing in mind its powers and limitations? Read more

At the heart of friction between politics of reuse, zoning regulations and changing perceptions the former GDR industrial site San Gimignano Lichtenberg is repurposed as a prototyping workshop for architecture. As it stands amidst sites of circular economy and experimental purposes, the building points at emerging forms of the productive city as ways to rethink our built environment. Indicative of a shift in values towards care, maintenance, and transformation of the existing building stock, San Gimignano Lichtenberg is the perfect site to hold a conversation in the framework of the initiative “A Global Moratorium on New Construction.”

The initiative A Global Moratorium on New Construction argues that a drastic change to construction protocols is necessary: the suspension of new building activity must be enforced. Articulated around a series of roundtables and events, the intent is to place in conversation economists, architects, planners, industry actors, policy makers and citizens to address the role of new construction in generating ongoing and untenable ecological and social injustice and to seek ways to take action.

Panel Guests: Manuel Ehlers, Saskia Hebert, Tobias Hönig, Andrijana Ivanda, Sabine Oberhuber, Deane Simpson, Ramona Pop

Moderation: Charlotte Malterre-Barthes, Angelika Hinterbrandner Read less

Category
Initiative
Place
Berlin
Year
2021 –
Venue
San Gimignano Lichtenberg
Team
Tatjana Bergmeister, Olaf Grawert, Angelika Hinterbrandner
Contributors
Charlotte Malterre-Barthes, Ludwig Engel

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