Berlin questions will feature disruptive and agenda-setting keynotes, panel talks and discussions, online and in person at several locations in Berlin. Discover our program here.

Wednesday, 11 August 2021 | Main Conference Day

10:00 – 11:30

Conference Part I

Live at ewerk Berlin & Online „The Virtual Now“

Opening Keynote

THE NEW NOW – Why are we here?

Michael Müller

Governing Mayor of Berlin

live

Video Statement

Where are we now in the pandemic?

Prof. Dr. Christian Drosten

Virologist

digital

Introduction to Berlin questions & edition #4

Burkhard Kieker & Lutz Henke

visitBerlin

live

Impulse

Lesley Lokko

African Futures Institute, Accra

live

Impulse

TRUST & TIREDNESS –
We want to live different, the
pandemic has showed us why

Caroline Nevejan

Chief Science Officer, Amsterdam

live

Dialogue

Lesley Lokko x Caroline Nevejan

live

Fortnightism @ Virtual Conference

Carson Chan

Director Emilio Ambasz Institute at MOMA, New York City

Gustav Düsing

Architect & Educater

digital

Coffee Break

12:00 – 13:30

Conference Part II

Live at ewerk Berlin & Online „The Virtual Now“

Impulse

Private Money & Public Good

Patricia Atkinson

Clean Air Fund, Amsterdam

live

Report from Nairobi

Anne Kananu Mwenda

Deputy Governor and Acting Governor of Nairobi

live

Impulse

L’Union des Refusés: Für eine globale Gewerkschaft der Arbeiter*innen der „Kunstwelt”

María Inés Plaza Lazo

Arts of the Working Class, Berlin

live

Report from Warsaw

Michał Andrzej Olszewski

Deputy Mayor of Warsaw

live

Report from Seoul

Oh Se-Hoon

Deputy Mayor of Seoul

digital

Impulse

#EndSARS – A social movement created in the midst of the pandemic

Yagazie Emezi

Photojournalist

live

Lunch Break

14:30 – 17:00

Conference Part III

Live at ewerk Berlin & Online „The Virtual Now“

Impulse

MOVE

Parag Khanna

Founder & Managing Partner FutureMap, Singapore

live

Impulse

HOW TO COME TOGETHER, AGAIN – Hopes for the post-pandemic city

Dorte Mandrup

Dorte Mandrup A/S, Copenhagen

live

Report from London

Sadiq Khan

Mayor of London

digital

Impulse

Connecting the World – Spaces & Community

Sumayya Vally

Counterspace, Johannesburg

remote

Dialogue

Dorte Mandrup x Sumayya Vally

live / remote

Report from Moscow

Sergeij Sobjanin

Mayor of Moscow

digital

Impulse

THINK CIRCULAR – What can be done to rethink how we build and live together

Sabine Oberhuber

Turntoo, Amsterdam

live

Report from Los Angeles

Eric Garcetti

Mayor of Los Angeles

digital

Impulse

A Global Moratorium on New Construction

Charlotte Malterre-Barthes

Harvard University, Cambridge

live

Dialogue

Charlotte Malterre-Barthes x Sabine Oberhuber

live

Dialogue

Michael Müller

Governing Mayor of Berlin

Horacio Rodríguez Larreta

Mayor of Buenos Aires

live / remote

Report from Buenos Aires

Horacio Rodríguez Larreta

Mayor of Buenos Aires

remote

Report from Windhoek

Job Amupanda

Mayor of Windhoek

live

Break

17:30 – 20:00

Conference Part IV

Live at ewerk Berlin & Online „The Virtual Now“

Impulse

Chris Lehane

Head of Policy and Communications Airbnb

remote

Interview

Chris Lehane

Head of Policy and Communications Airbnb

Sumi Somaskanda

Presenter

live / remote

Report from Freetown

Yvonne Aki-Sawyyer

Mayor of Freetown

digital

Impulse

Chris Lehane

Head of Policy and Communications Airbnb

remote

Impulse

Tragedy of the Commons, a Misunderstanding.

Hito Steyerl

Artist, Berlin

live

Impulse

Revenge for the real – How our
cities have changed through the pandemic?

Benjamin Bratton

Strelka Institute, Moscow

remote

Dialogue

Hito Steyerl x Benjamin Bratton

live / remote

Impulse

How to extend and preserve public
space

Elizabeth Diller

Architect & Partner Diller Scofidio + Renfro

remote

Report from Istanbul

Ekrem Imamoglu

Mayor of Istanbul

remote

Impulse

BUILDING FOR DEMOCRACY – How architecture can change our idea of the political

Francis Kéré

Kéré Architecture, Berlin

live

Dialogue

Michael Müller x Elizabeth Diller x Ekrem Imamoglu x Francis Kéré

live / remote

19:30

Closing

Live at ewerk Berlin & Online „The Virtual Now“

Timings and programming may be subject to change due to Covid-19 travel restrictions and respective time zones.

Thursday, 12 August 2021 | Deep Dive Program

14:00 – 16:30

Public Luxuries

Spreepark | Online + Offline

14:00 – 16:30 Offline


Impulses and Discussion with:
Caroline Nevejan, Chief Science Officer of the city of Amsterdam

Sumayaa Vally (tbc), Founder & Principal Counterspace, Johannesburg

Christian Windfuhr, Chairman Board & former CEO Grand City Properties

Florian Wupperfeld, Founder Leading Culture Destinations

Shumon Basar, Prada Thought Council (tbc)

and more

Cities are the centres of creativity, diversity, and science; they fulfil citizens’ need for connectivity by offering density and spontaneity. In times of lockdown and isolation, we have come to value community and social interaction. Never has the abundance of possibilities for change been so evident as in this pandemic era. Urban living in this sense is a luxury. It offers opportunities in all spatial dimensions and scales, and it presents public space as a common good. Cities are home to people who can maximize these possibilities in new and unique ways, and who seek to engage with each other. How can we conceptualize and restructure public space to create the cities of the future, cities that we want to live in? What concepts should we consider in order to make our cities sustainable and resilient – and at the same time develop new ways for communities to strengthen public life in society? Which designs foster cohesion and dynamic interaction, and how can cities spark this organically? And most crucially: If all these elements have been entrusted to cities, how do we ensure they are maintained, protected, and adapted for the needs of future generations?

Spreepark is a public luxury in hibernation, waiting to be re-activated and become a generous and attractive place for city dwellers. There’s no better place to discuss what future urban luxuries must entail to serve the people best.

17:30 – 20:30

Quarantine Economies

San Gimignano Lichtenberg

17:30 -19:00 Offline

Explore San Gimignano Lichtenberg

San Gimignano Lichtenberg is an ongoing architectural project initiated and developed by a group of architects, TV producers, gardeners, carpenters, artists, journalists and many more. It is developed from an industrial wasteland and located between hypermarkets and logistics centers. It is a visual manifestation of the consequences of current developments in urban economies.

19:00-20:30 Offline




Deep Dives and discussion with:
Manuel Ehlers, Head of Sustainable Properties Triodos Bank

Sabine Oberhuber, Co-Founder Turntoo

Deane Simpson, professor of architecture, urbanism and urban planning at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen

Ramona Pop, Deputy Mayor of Berlin

and more

Moderated by Charlotte Malterre Barthes (Harvard GSD) and Angelika Hinterbrandner (Brandlhuber+ Team/bplus.xyz)

The pandemic has shown us how swiftly local and global economies could shift potentially. Complete industries thrived, have been disrupted or completely re-structured. The time of quarantine marked a moment of standstill: The urgency of the pandemic made fundamental and structural change inevitable. The pandemic thereby proved the idea of Alternativlosigkeit wrong. Human paradigm and cultural values are not a given, but inscribed in the social, economic and legal frameworks that structure our everyday lives. How can we find and implement new policies for a common and better future of global metropolises?

How can we mobilize the law—too often producing processes of injustice and economic subordination at the service of companies and neoliberal forces—to act spatially and counter speculative construction, gentrification, social and spatial segregation, resource depletion, and technological escalation? Is a moratorium the right legal tool to bring spatial matters and resources to public debate? More generally, how to harness policy as a space regulator, bearing in mind its powers and limitations?

20:30 Offline

Sundowner

San Gimignano Lichtenberg

Friday, 13 August | Deep Dive Program

14:00 – 16:00

Disrupted Mobilities

Berlin Tegel TXL | Online

14:00 -16:00 Online





Deep Dives and discussion with:
Nik Hafermaas, Managing Partner Graft Brandlab

Ross Douglas, Founder & CEO AUTONOMY Paris

Katja Diehl, Activist & Founder She Drives Mobility

Ghazaleh Koohestanian, Founder & CEO Re2you

Prof. Dr. Meike Jipp, Head of the Institute, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Institute of Transport
Research

Nico Gramenz, CEO Factory Berlin

moderated by Ali Aslan

Many companies and political institutions tend to view mobility as a means to an end, when in reality it is the driving force of human existence: it determines where we
can or cannot go, with whom we travel and what our journey looks like. It is the nexus of all social needs and is at the heart of the most important innovations of our time.
Disrupted Mobilities interrogates agents of change about potential developments, in which they themselves play an important role. It investigates the great dilemmas of mobility: human vs. machine, fossil vs. post-fossil, ownership vs. utilisation, horizontal vs. vertical. Is this just the beginning of a truly mobile society?

With its distinctive octagonal shape and rich history, enabling the Berlin Airlift for example, the airport BERLIN TEGEL is a landmark of the city. After serving as Berlin’s main connection to the world since the 1970s, the airport closed in 2020 and is currently at the centre of a public debate to redefine its role.

17:30 – 19:00

Civil Responsibility

Haus der Statistik | Online + Offline

17:00 – 17:30 Offline

17:30 – 18:15 Offline

Admission & Arrival

Panel „Cooperation & Participation“ (en) with:

Ephraim Gothe, Stv. Bezirksbürgermeister & Bezirksstadtrat Berlin Mitte

Wenke Christoph, Staatssekretärin für Wohnen Berlin

Patricia Atkinson, Clean Air Fund/IKEA Foundation

and more

Moderated by moderiert von Konrad Braun/Leona Lynen, Haus der Statistik

CIVIL RESPONSIBILITY at the Haus der Statistik concerns the cooperation between politics, administration and civil society that is to be tested continuously, as well as the question of the watchdog function that civil society can (and must) assume for a city that is affordable and oriented towards the common good in the long term. What is being prototypically tested at the House of Statistics on a small and large scale concerns not only the Berlin context but also an overarching national, European and international context. The international public-civil partnership debate gives rise to several sub-topics that need to be considered in context, but also in focus: these include the question of a fair market economy in relation to land and property, as well as the legal framework conditions that make it possible to use tools such as heritable building rights or land funds/CLT models, and cooperative urban and neighbourhood development that promotes cooperation between the administration and civil society actors in the sense of a city that is oriented towards the common good and sustainable.

Since the start of the project in 2015 by the Haus der Statistik initiative, the Haus der Statistik model project has stood for civil society engagement and novel forms of cooperative collaboration. Since 2018, the five cooperation partners – SenSW, Bezirk Mitte, WBM Wohnungsbaugesellschaft Berlin-Mitte, BIM Berliner Immobilienmanagement and ZUsammenKUNFT Berlin eG – have been developing the Haus der Statistik site in joint responsibility and at eye level. In 2018, the integrated workshop process laid the foundation for the procedural and cooperative neighbourhood development that will accompany the project in the coming years across all neighbourhood components – from the pioneering uses, to the renovation of existing buildings and new construction, to the shared open spaces, as well as fundamental questions about awarding and organisational models for the future users.

Saturday, 14 August | Deep Dive Program & Grand Finale

14:00 – open end

Ecology after Nature

Floating University | Online + Offline

14:00 – 16:00

Workshops by raumlaborberlin & Floating University

16:00 – 17:30

Deep Dives and discussion with:

raumlaborberlin
Gudrun Sack, Architect and Managing Director Tegel Projekt GmbH
Patricia Atkinson (tbc), Clean Air Fund, Amsterdam
and more

17:30 – 20:00

Break with Food & Concert

For some time now, cities have been challenging themselves to implement measures that mitigate climate change. Most have failed miserably in doing so. Ecology after Nature goes beyond the ecological perspective and asks how the driving forces of technology, economics and society can help us create a truly sustainable future.
Ecology is no longer sufficient – we must adopt a holistic approach to innovation and growth, incorporating for instance alternative models of economic thinking and the
integrative nature, richness and intelligence of urban space. Are data and numbers really the solution to fighting climate change? Or is it transparency, communication and creativity? Because only these bring the social dimension of cities into play.

Spectacularly staged as a temporary platform for exchange and teaching in a former rainwater retention basin, the Floating University has been addressing the pressing issues of our urbanized present for several years.

20:30 – open end

Marathon for the New Now

Floating University | Online + Offline

On the closing day of the conference, anyone can join the discussion and make a contribution to the theme of this year’s edition, Metropolis: The New Now, which explores the future of the city after the Covid-19 pandemic.
The “Marathon for the New Now” opens the stage to anyone who would like to contribute to the debate: questions, ideas and statements are all welcome. The Marathon’s central question is “If you only had five minutes, how would you describe your metropolis of the future?”

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