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Charting social microcosms,¬†personal kingdoms, nature states and power structures down the street.
¬† Pedestrians, pigeons, diplomats, demonstrators, motorists, policemen, dogs, trees, bikers, tourists, vendors, street artists... everyone claims their right to the street and changes its meaning. This can last for generations or for the blink of an eye. How are the rights for passage, resting, populating‚Ä¶ continually negotiated? How does urban architecture affect behaviours? How do people's reactions reflect the power plays in the street? Who owns street air rights? Who can access public resources? How does economic trade shape people's interaction? What are nature's rights and is there a people's right to urban nature?
In this workshop we will survey streets and public spaces around the Humboldt University in Berlin with its campus, map the rights of urbanites and how they relate to each other. Based on our observations, we will develop ideas for imaginative initiatives that visualize conflicting rights and provide an entry point for rethinking the public realm of our cities.