2015-02-13

Kerstin Meyer gives a talk on "100% Tempelhof". The “Tempelhofer Feld” once was the only airport in the middle of West-Berlin. After closing down the flight activities, the opened and huge airfield is full of diverse activities.

Time: 18 February 2015, at 16:00
Location: Kungl. Konsthögskolan at Skeppsholmen, House 28 Map

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On 25 May 2014, 739.124 Berliners went to polling stations and voted to keep the city’s largest park and common land in public hands. After an 18 months qualification process and electoral campaign, the citizen referendum won by a large margin and with a majority in all districts of Berlin.

This landslide victory was even more shocking to the ruling parties, as they had spent millions to convince the public otherwise, with the estate and construction sectors and also the mainstream newspapers on their side. Few months after the vote, the mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit, announces his resignation.

Now, nine months after, citizen’s movements concerned with the social and sustainable development of the city are greatly strengthened and cooperating on a city-wide scale. Will they be able to stop the sale of parks and public land, slow the spiraling housing prices and prevent the continuing departure of lower income households by which the city loses the social mixture so typical for Berlin?

Kerstin Meyer currently works at the Strategic Planning Unit at the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) in Stockholm. A trained economist and policy advisor she has for more than 20 years accompanied governance and development policy processes in West Africa, and advised organisations of international cooperation. As a cultural activist she co-founded Les artistes debouts, www.alainde.com, a publishing platform for socially and politically committed playwrights and artists from Senegal and neighbouring countries. She was part of the citizen initiative 100% Tempelhofer Feld that initiated, and campaigned for the most successful referendum ever held in Berlin.

The lecture is arranged by the course Art & Architecture: I Never Promised You a Rose Garden - Urban Cultures and Spatial Justice: Greater Detroit, Stockholm, Berlin, by Jochen Becker.