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Open Call for Workshop: Urban Commons in Berlin


bi’bak with Istanbul-based initiative Herkes İçin Mimarlık (Architecture for All) are to explore urban commons in Berlin between 1 – 11 November 2018.

#OccupyGezi Architecture by Herkes İçin Mimarlik

What is it about?

The workshop project POP UP / BLOW UP – Urban Commons in Berlin is dedicated to urban and architectural practices for the reconquest of public urban space. It focuses on urban commons, temporary architectural structures and daily practices through the cultural and non-commercial scene. 20 participants from Turkey and Germany will explore the possibilities of active citizenship through architectural strategies. During the last years, cities are in trouble with the real estate developments and gentrification processes. Free common space and public areas are getting increasingly limited and commercialized. This lack of free space for common use also affects daily life and practices. In the workshop we aim to find strategies for reclaiming the city through public interventions and practices to sustain them.

What will the participants do?

The ten-day WORKSHOP is divided into two sections: In the first part participants will visit groups and collectives concerned with alternative architecture and urban practices. The second part will include a design workshop for a pop-up cinema at bi’bak.

Who can apply?

The workshop is open for Istanbul and Berlin based undergraduate and graduate students and young professionals under the age of 30 preferably from the fields of architecture, design urban design & planning, but it is not limited to these fields. If you think your practice, education and background is related to the workshop topic, you are welcome to apply. The deadline to apply is Sunday September 30th, 2018 by 11:59 pm (GMT+3). Late applications will not be considered. Please APPLY through the application form here:…/1ZMa4skq6ffPFV9s-Z9aq4wzisiD…/edit

Update: The deadline for applications from Germany has been extended until 15 October, 2018 by 11:59 pm (GMT+3)!

What does it cost?

For participants from Turkey, travel and accommodation costs will be covered. Breakfast/lunch, public transport and entrance to museums for all participants will be covered by the organizations affiliated with the project.

The workshop is a cooperation project of bi’bak ( and Herkes İçin Mimarlık – Architecture for All, funded by Deutsche-Türkische Jugendbrücke.

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