Friday, September 15, 2017 | 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Carolin Genz

Humboldt-University of Berlin

Sid Smith Hall, Room 5017A

Reclaiming the Right to the City – Berlin’s Grassroots Movements

Strategies and Network Practices of Urban Resistance

The right to the city is fare more than a right of individual access to the resources that the city embodies: it is a right to chance ourselves by changing the city more after our heart’s desire.  – David Harvey, 2012


Berlin is considered to be a ‘tenant’s city’ with relatively low cost housing options. However, recent developments show increasing foreign property investment and the sale of public property by the city. At the same time, more and more activists arise to reclaim their right to the city and create new forms of collaborative cultures. The questions about affordable housing and alternative spaces away from a capitalist logic are central for contemporary Berlin and its development: How do we want to live in the future? How can we create affordable living space on a long term? And how do we provide opportunities for self-determination and new cooperative ways of living?

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