kiez goes commons

Adapting to change is increasingly a struggle for big and growing cities like Berlin. Rigid processes and policies can’t keep up. Individual needs are left behind, while financial agendas and speculation play an ever growing role. Berlin’s large scale doesn’t have the flexibility to react to future changes.

The goal of this proposal is not to design for a particular scenario, but to design a consolidated framework which can react successfully to an unpredictable
tomorrow. This is underpinned by a new social and organisational system of self-administration and community engagement, that ensures the provision of a wide range of internal and external spaces to meet identified needs at any given time. Innovation and engagement is supported by these spaces as ‘commons’ provided as open access opportunities for projects of initiatives and individuals from the Mühlenkiez and its neighbours.