Hacking Urban Furniture

The Berlin study deals with the relative uniformity and monopoly of street furniture controlled by a few companies who have cornered the market in European cities.

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The Berlin study deals with the relative uniformity and monopoly of street furniture controlled by a few companies who have cornered the market in European cities. Through research around Europe, the team will document the diversity of local practices that might be shared and adapted in other cities.
The team brings together project stakeholders to a kick off seminar and 2 case studies and workshops in Berlin. Another case study and workshop will follow in Belgrade. Four (2 month-long) residencies for artists and designers, dealing with the street furniture topic, are a part of the case. Residents will present their works at open house presentations. Hands-on design workshops by KUNSTrePUBLIK and partners aim to empower citizens to be able to create their own furniture for their public space.

The outcome is a network of local hubs, an open source prototype pool, an easy-to-grasp manual on street furniture hacks and a final wrap-up forum to critically gather the accumulated material and feature the results of the experimentations.

City: Berlin
Partner: KUNSTrePUBLIK
Cooperation: Aliancia Stara Trznica, Association of Belgrade Architects, Vysoka Skola Vytvarnych Umeni, Curatorial Lab
Duration: January 2017 – November 2018

For more information about Hacking Urban Furniture, visit the site of KUNSTrePUBLIK.

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