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For three months, Berlin's best-known former airport will be transformed into a venue for city life, urbanism, art and architecture.

Alive Architecture 
Átalakuló Wekerle 
Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine 
Braaksma & Roos architectenbureau 
Jan Dirk van der Burg
Civic Architects 
Colectivo Warehouse 
Crimson Historians and Urbanists 
Frédéric Druot
Jürg Egli 
Erlebe was geht gGmbH 
Larissa Fassler 
Moritz Fehr 
Genossenschaft Kalkbreite 
Ghilardi + Hellsten Arkitekter 
Granby Four Streets CLT
Tue Greenfort 
Jeppe Hein
Bernadette La Hengst 
Thomas Hirschhorn 
Christophe Hutin Architecture 
Inside Outside / Petra Blaisse 
Dominika Janicka 
Olalekan Jeyifous 
Rubén Dario Kleimeer 
Andreas Koch 
Steve Lambert 
Gerhard Lang 
Kyle McDonald 
MaaS Global 
Mecanoo Architecten 
Mietshäuser Syndikat 
Ministarstvo prostora 
Müller Sigrist Architekten AG 
No Shade 
Ahmet Öğüt 
Raumlabor Berlin 
Parckfarm T&T 
Platzprojekt e.V. 
Play the City 
Rotor DC 
Schlesische 27 
Claude Somot 
Teple Misto 
The Black Archives 
Klaus Thymann 
Torhaus Berlin
Xiaofu Wang
Wermke Leinkauf 
White Arkitekter 
Nicola Zolin
ZUS – Zones Urbaines Sensibles 

Cities are full of stories—simultaneous, contradictory, overlapping, and inextricably connected. Living the City tells over fifty stories from architecture, art, and city planning projects in the main hall of the former Berlin-Tempelhof Airport. The National Urban Development Policy exhibition shows processes and opportunities for action in cities across Europe.

For three months, the former airport will be transformed into a venue for city life. In a walk-through urban collage, visitors will encounter a range of stories from people and projects that are actively involved in the city and civic society. These stories ask questions concerning fundamental activities like loving, living, making, participating, learning, playing, moving, and dreaming in the city. These are stories that shape and transform, that make you feel and think. Furthermore, a wide-ranging event and education program invites everyone to actively participate and contribute.

The exhibition Living the City can not only be experienced live on site. On the one hand, the continuously growing website offers a virtual view of the projects. On the other hand, live streams, curated online and live tours as well as interviews provide access to content and events.

On the occasion of the exhibition, the catalog Living the City. Of Cities, People and Stories has been published by Spector Books.


Gerhard Lang with Marching
Band phon-O-rama: Der Mobile

Street Parade, Saturday, 9/26/2020

12:00 PM — 04:00 PM, Entrance Airport Tempelhof

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How can pedestrians cross a street legally where it makes sense for them to do so and not according to traffic planners’ preference? Thanks to Gerhard Lang’s Mobile Zebra Crossing, a procession of people will parade through the streets near Tempelhof Airport, changing sides of the road all over following general traffic regulations. The procession, first organized in 1993 in Kassel’s city center, honors Lang’s friend, collaborator, and former professor, Lucius Burckhardt (1925–2003), the founder of »Strollology« at the Gesamthochschule Kassel. Burckhardt formulated his criticism of the prevailing automobile-oriented planning practice from the perspective of the pedestrian.


Lukas Feireiss, Tatjana Schneider, TheGreenEyl: Living the City. Von Städten, Menschen und Geschichten

Tour, Sunday, 9/27/2020

01:00 PM — 03:00 PM, Baukiosk


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The Living the City curatorial team will personally tour small groups of visitors through the entire exhibition and speak about the stories and people behind the selected projects.

To visit the event program, a free time slot ticket for the exhibition must be booked in advance. Ticket Shop


The Black Archives: Making History Visible 

WorkshopTuesday — Thursday

9/29 — 10/1/2020, 12:00 PM — 06:00 PM

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Mitchell Esajas (The Black Archives)

The Black Archives is an alternative archive consisting of more than 10,000 books, documents, and artifacts. The archive is a critical intervention, challenging dominant historical narratives, which tend to downplay histories of colonialism, slavery, and their legacy. Western European countries such as the Netherlands, the UK, Spain, and France were major colonial empires involved in the transatlantic slave trade. Other (Western-)European countries such as Germany and Belgium became major imperial powers after the abolishment of the transatlantic slave trade. Although these histories played a major role in the development of European nation-states and metropoles such as London, Amsterdam, Berlin, and Paris, these parts of history are often underexposed in public memory, arts, and educational institutions.

Many of these metropoles have become »majority-minority« cities, cities in which there is no longer one dominant ethnic group but a mosaic of people with different cultural backgrounds and different migration histories. However, their histories are often not part of dominant historical narratives, and they are seen as disconnected and unrelated from the cities in which they live. By developing and delving into »alternative archives,« however, we can find surprising (hi)stories of the presence, contributions, and emancipation struggles of different groups of people. During the workshop, we will explore how documenting and sharing (hi)stories of underrepresented and marginalized groups can be used to challenge dominant historical narratives and structures of inequality and privilege and contribute to more inclusive cities and spaces.

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To visit the event program, a free time slot ticket for the exhibition must be booked in advance. Ticket Shop


Books People Places: Night Bookshop

Books, Thursday, 10/8/2020

06:00 PM — 10:00 PM, Baukiosk 

Books People Places

Books People Places is a Berlin-based bookshop, distributor, and archive for architecture and urbanism. It offers book order services for all available titles in Germany and from all over the world. Books People Places involves itself in how both the book and the book as an idea circulate to various places around the world. For the Living the City, Books People Places will host a weekly bookshop each Thursday afternoon within the exhibition.


Matylda Krzykowski & Maria Inés Plaza Lazo: Feuerproben

Talk, Thursday, 11/19/2020

07:00 PM — 09:00 PM, Agora

Matylda Krzykowski is a designer and curator focusing on collaborative and performative projects in physical and digital space. Krzykowski’s work is introspective, as it explores and experiments with the inner mechanisms of design, art, and architecture. As such, her projects dissect the design process to its different stages—from material and personal origins, to methodologies and education; from networks to social projections, and the spectrum in between. With a strong perspective on transdisciplinarity as a discipline, her work within these questions explores not only content but also form, for which artistic links are made. Among others, her tools of exploration have included installations, scenography, art direction, choreography, reportage, TV game shows, theater, and innovative and experimental formats that range from exhibitions and workshops to interventions and talks.

María Inés Plaza Lazo lives and works as an art critic and curator between Berlin and the streets of the world. She publishes Arts of the Working Class together with Paul Sochacki and Alina Kolar, a multi-lingual street journal on poverty and wealth, art and society. 

To visit the event program, a free time slot ticket for the exhibition must be booked in advance. Ticket Shop




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