We decide how we reside

A project by Haus der Kulturen der Welt together with initiatives in Berlin, Istanbul and Marseilles.

We decide how we reside invites artists, architects and residents from Berlin, Istanbul, and Marseilles to develop images and concepts for self-determined dwelling, on location, in participatory projects actively involving the local neighborhood and community. The participants work from within the community to give shape to visions and problem-solving approaches. Site-specific spatial and social practices as well as local knowledge are brought to bear.

The project aims to support and establish links between existing self-organized initiatives in the participating cities. Metropolies such as Istanbul, Berlin, Marseilles are all acutely feeling the impact of current urban developments on their social and economic structures and on the living space of individual communities.

The project participants – the Kotti-Shop (Berlin), PASAJ (Istanbul), and La Folie Kilomètre (Marseilles) – are embedded in sociopolitical flashpoints of their respective cities and share a participatory methodology which understands knowledge production as a social process. We decide how we reside creates a space to make visible the representational practices developed by local residents.

How do we want to live? What forms can self-determined living take? And how can local residents take an active role in shaping their dwelling situation? Taking these questions as a starting point, local residents, activists, artists develop experimental interventions for the respective location.

“We decide how we reside” has been developed by HKW´s Education department in the framework of the interdisciplinary program “Wohnungsfrage” seeking to stimulate a practical and likewise radical discourse on housing by initiating collaborations among international and local players in the fields of architecture, urban planning, politics, arts, science and activism.

This website with its blog, illustrates the processes of the individual projects in the three cities and enables the participants to enter into an exchange with each other and develop a common language.

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