Berlin Process

In Berlin the selected area is Mehringplatz – Südliche Friedrichstadt, with a specific focus on socio-economical empowerment of the multicultural local community. This former public housing settlement built in the 1960s at the former edges of West Berlin is today subject to a process of re-centralisation that involves regeneration plans, new urban developments and injection of creative industries. The training project is aimed at developing a situated learning process able to improve the capacity of the citizens to acknowledge the ongoing transformations both in their risk and opportunities, to identify local resources, share knowledge and develop common initiatives and entrepreneurship.

Local partner:

Supermarkt GbR


September 2016- September 2017

The Euler toolkit: all in one place
The Euler toolkit: all in one place 23 December, 2017 jim

Now that the Euler project has come to a close, time to share what we have learned. Our aim from the start was to unlock and deepen the skill-set of [...]

Switch On Mehringplatz Reconnaissance Walk
Switch On Mehringplatz Reconnaissance Walk 10 July, 2017 lorenzo

MEHRINGPLATZ RECONNAISSANCE WALK Dissemination event: Public tour of the Südliche Friedrichstadt and public conversation about the outcomes of the [...]

StoryLab #4 – Urban Sketches
StoryLab #4 – Urban Sketches 20 May, 2017 lorenzo

Unfortunately a technical problem blocked physically in Croatia the video editor of our team, and she hardly could join us on Saturday. As she is [...]

Strategies for Change – report
Strategies for Change – report 6 May, 2017 lorenzo

Recording of the public conversation with Kathrin Wildner, Christian Hanussek and Erwin Riedmann of metroZones held on March 23rd at Supermarkt.

Collecting Layers – Mapping Lab report
Collecting Layers – Mapping Lab report 18 April, 2017 lorenzo

On March 24th the third Mehringplatz MapLab has taken place at the Kiezstube. The neighbourhood mapping exercise has been coordinated by the social [...]

StoryLab #3: Collecting Stories
StoryLab #3: Collecting Stories 12 April, 2017 lorenzo

How do we capture different voices of a community in a shared narrative framework? On Saturday April 22 at 2pm the next StoryLab “Collecting [...]

Aperitif 12 April, 2017 lorenzo

Dear friends of Switch On Mehringplatz, we invite you to join us on Thursday April 20 at 7pm in the Kiezstube to share a drink, a chat and some ideas [...]

MapLab #3 – Connecting Layers
MapLab #3 – Connecting Layers 15 March, 2017 lorenzo

Friday March 24 at 2 pm will take place the MapLab #3 “Connecting Layers” (postponed from March 3): We invited the social designers Jan [...]

Strategies for Change
Strategies for Change 15 March, 2017 lorenzo

How can we employ artistic practice to foster urban transformation and social empowerment? What languages can be used to involve marginalised social [...]

Prinzessinnengarten – meeting Marco Clausen and Andreas Unteidig
Prinzessinnengarten – meeting Marco Clausen and Andreas Unteidig 24 February, 2017 lorenzo

On Wednesday February 15 the third public conversation of the Switch On Mehringplatz program took place. The theme in discussion [...]

ACTIVATING LOCAL KNOWLEDGE 1 February, 2017 lorenzo

The third public conversation of the Switch On Mehrinplatz program involves the activists of Prinzessinenngarten and the Nachbarschaftsakademie, [...]

January – New mapping and storytelling labs
January – New mapping and storytelling labs 5 January, 2017 lorenzo

The activities of Switch On Mehringplatz – Berlin restart in 2017 with the a new round of laboratories about mapping and storytelling. MapLab [...]

URLab #2 – Platform City
URLab #2 – Platform City 4 December, 2016 lorenzo

The second Mehringplatz Urban Reconnaissance Laboratory takes place in the framework of the Platform Coops event. We will employ two exercises, [...]

StoryLab #1 – Collective Narrations
StoryLab #1 – Collective Narrations 2 December, 2016 lorenzo

26 November 2016, Supermarkt Berlin How can we use storytelling to create collective narrations, investigate transient subjectivities and understand [...]

MapLab 1- The Map as a Commons
MapLab 1- The Map as a Commons 1 December, 2016 lorenzo

Saturday November 19th has taken place the first Mapping laboratory Mehringplatz Anknipsen. The scope of the meeting was to identify collaborative [...]

Commons in Practice – Silke Helfrich
Commons in Practice – Silke Helfrich 30 November, 2016 lorenzo

Commons in practice. The presentation of Silke Helfrich introduced the first theme of the Switch On Mehringplatz program. Recorded at Supermarkt [...]

MapLab Mehringplatz
MapLab Mehringplatz 4 November, 2016 Euler Project

Training module on collaborative mapping Maps provide the capacity to visualise, analyse and design strategies to transform social relations with and [...]

URLab – Urban Reconnaissance Laboratory
URLab – Urban Reconnaissance Laboratory 25 October, 2016 lorenzo

This module proposes an assessment methodology to comprehend the complexity of factors determining local identities and economies and to prepare [...]

URlab #1 – City of Commons
URlab #1 – City of Commons 25 October, 2016 lorenzo

The first Urban Reconnaissance laboratory on Mehringplatz will explore the perspective of the city as a common good. “The city is a commonwealth, a [...]

Solidarity Curriculum
Solidarity Curriculum 27 September, 2016 lorenzo

In the traditional education system and training for employment the focus is on the individual curriculum as a tool for competing in the job market. [...]

Commons in Practice
Commons in Practice 20 September, 2016 lorenzo

Switch On Mehringplatz #1 A public conversation and a workshop on the city as a commons What is an urban commons in practice? Should we understand the [...]