Street Rights Map
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… 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 survey and map the rights of the different members of the street community and how they relate to each other. Based on our observations, we develop ideas for imaginative initiatives that visualize conflicting rights and provide an entry point for rethinking the public realm of our cities.
With Ruttikorn Vuttikorn and Henrik Lebuhn.
With Masters students of the Dept. of Urban and Regional Sociology at the Institute for Social Sciences of Humboldt University Berlin, 2013
At Community Now? Symposium, DGTF, DRLab/UdK Berlin, Jewish Museum Berlin, 2015