“Contemporary gentrification is varied and defies more singular definitions because gentrification now occurs in a variety of sites and takes a myriad of forms.”
The goal of this paper is to investigate the gentrification phenomenon in Berlin’s central districts through the locational dynamics analysis and the observation of relative effects on this territory. Taken for granted this phenomenon’s mutability, the main purpose is to understand the actual “post gentrification” scenario. Read more
Throughout the Twentieth Century, the European social housing complexes have built much of the city’s expansion. They have been the armor and the infrastructure of the suburban city. Nowadays, in many places of Europe, inhabitants are experimenting solutions aimed to radically change the way in which the city is built. Variety and excitement are such that the concept of cohousing, as matrix of many of the experiences, can’t cover the whole range of the community-oriented and self-managed variations. These are the two poles that mark the spread of the new collective housing: on the one hand its shared living, on the other its shared management. The following text tries to highlight some of the features of the new spatial order of collective housing, retracing some of the case studies that have been investigated in this blog. The new collective housing sets a new spatial order within the city. It is disseminated and apparently “spontaneous”, as it was the one celebrated by Colin Ward in the Seventies.
The two maps (above) compare the public housing complexes in Milan (Francesco Infussi, eds, Dal recinto al territorio. Milano, esplorazioni nella città pubblica, Bruno Mondadori, 2011) with the new forms of collective housing in Geneva (https://territoridellacondivisione.wordpress.com/2013/03/21/shared-housing-in-geneva/).
Shared Housing in Berlin (in progress) by Alessandra Conticini
At 53 Strelitzer Strasse, in Berlin’s Mitte district, a six-storey apartment building hides a village. On the ground floor, a small covered walkway leads to a narrow and curvy path that provides access to sixteen row houses overlooking the Wall Memorial Park along Bernauer Strasse. Sixteen families built their homes here since 2005: architects and artists that now live, work and cooperate in a small and protected place, with private gardens and orchards close to the house, with common areas for firewood, garden chairs, barbecue, bicycles and children’s playground. A strange way of being in the city: in its heart but almost against it. The village differs completely from the city in which it’s included. It differs in size and shape as in lifestyle and ways of sharing. It differs so much that it recalls anti-urban forms of living. Small-scale, limited number of inhabitants, cooperation and family life are back together in the heart of the city, as if they could erode it from the inside.
Stadtgut, “La città del bene”, si trova nel villaggio di Blankenfelde del quartiere di Pankow a nord di Berlino. Si tratta di un ampio ritaglio di terreno tra la Blankenfelder Chaussee e due strade minori, la Hauptstrasse e la Berliner Strasse. Un insieme eterogeneo di fabbricati articolati su due corti occupa la parte nord-ovest dell’area. Il resto è spazio aperto: prati segnati da filari di alberi e percorsi pedonali, un bosco sul sedime di un parco. Nel corso degli ultimi cinquecento anni “La città del bene” è stata un castello, una fattoria, una casa padronale, una distilleria, un sanatorio, una casa di cura, un campo di rifugiati dell’Armata Rossa, un centro di formazione e produzione agricola (il “Volkseigenes Gut”, sotto la DDR) e molto altro. Read more