Local MET Berlin workshop@THF

Tuesday 02.02.2016 open.port 2 Live “Salon” exchange 15:00 – 19:00. Schillerpalais, Schillerpromenade 4, 12049 Berlin

In the past few years we have become witnesses of large urban voids created by abandoned airports in major cities, as a result of the transfer of air traffic to newer infrastructures, usually further outside city centers.

These ex-airports share certain common characteristics such as their centrality in the urban fabric, flatness, shape and size. The transient and uncertain condition of these prime urban spaces generates debates and speculation about their management, land use, character and sustainability, as capital and real estate take predatory positioning and exert pressure for development and privatization. Meanwhile, a movement of theorists, academics, activists and citizens see these spaces as an opportunity for opening up a large space to the city and its citizens, for exercising alternative governance and infusing new uses for the urban commons and the common good. The special characteristics of these sites and existing infrastructures offer indeed unique opportunities to reflect upon alternative concepts of urban, social, environmental, economic and social organization and sustainable futures and constitute the premises for the MET Workshop.

15:00-15:30 Introduction/MET
15:30-16:00 An alternative and unstructure history of Tempelhof.
16:00-16:15 Fereniki Vatavali on Elliniko (via skype)
16:15-16:30 Fernando Bravo on Mariscal Sucre/ Parque Bicentenario (via skype)
16:30-17:00 Q&A, Discussion between Fereniki, Fernando and the public / Nicholas and Kei moderators
17:30-18:00 Break
18:00-19:00 Live Salon/ Nicholas and Kei moderators

More info https://themetworkshop.wordpress.com