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„Die Wilde 13 – (Wild 13)”

Creaking, sizzling and rattling the 13 leans into a curve. It’s freight falters before the hungry machine works it’s way through the district of Wilhelmsburg. The Metrobus 13 is the lifeline of Hamburg’s largest, most international and poorest district and at the same time a burden shared by all inhabitants – named „Wilde 13“ (Wild 13). Continue Reading →

„For at moments like this, the city goes soft; it awaits the imprint of an identity. For better or worse, it invites you to remake it, to consolidate it into a shape you can live in. You, too. Decide who you are, and the city will again assume a fixed form round you. Decide what it is, and your own identity will be releaved, like a position on a map fixed by triangulation.“

(Raban 2008, 1974: 02)

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Graffiti, Ankerbrotfabrik, June 2013

by Daniele Karasz

Shifting the ground on the “Island of Crete”

About migrants, brownfields and urban renewal in Vienna

Brownfields and the question of their reuse play a significant role in urban renewal projects. My research focuses on the reuse of different urban brownfields in Vienna. The aim is to comprehend the processes of reuse, to understand what kind of state and non-state actors are involved and how the processes of reuse are acted out. The research project particularly focuses on the involvement of migrants as actors in these processes. I thus look at the positions of migrants in urban restructuring processes in Vienna without taking the city itself, or a certain pre-defined group of migrants as an entry point to the analysis. The point of departure is the transformation of urban brownfields. Continue Reading →

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Urban actions | Being part of the city landscape © migrantas

by migrantas

a visual language of migration

Working with public urban spaces as its platform, migrantas aims to make visible the thoughts and feelings of those who have left their own country and now live in a new one.

Mobility, migration and transculturality are not the exception in our world, but are instead becoming the rule. Nevertheless, migrant women and their experiences remain often invisible to the majority of our society.

Migrantas works with issues of migration, identity and intercultural dialogue. Their work incorporates tools from the visual arts, graphic design and social sciences. Members of the collective, mostly women who have themselves immigrated to Germany, develop the projects with other migrant women in a horizontal dialogue. Continue Reading →

»This street is constantly changing and it certainly will be changing further on. Streets like this are needed in the city, because they allow a change, people can try out different business ideas here, see if it works or not.«

A. Dika, architect, interview 2011

»urbanism of transgression – …housing and density not as number of units, but as dwelling in relationship to the larger forces at play in the city – transportation and natural networks, the politics of the public, the economics of land use, and particular, cultural
idiosyncrasies of place, for example.«

T. Cruz, architect, St. Diego, 2009

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“Baklava transport” on Keupstraße, Cologne, photo by Paula Altmann, 2012

“Baklava transport” on Keupstraße, Cologne, photo by Paula Altmann, 2012

by Erol Yildiz and Marc Hill

From Migrant to Post-Migrant

If you start saying something new, especially when it concerns supposed lines of difference, as in talk on migration, that is always associated with resistance against established patterns of interpretation. In the resistance by young migrants who narrate tales of immigration that differ from those of their (grand)parents and what is generally familiar, we can discern a development from the migrant to what we would like to term the post-migrant. Biographical approaches to the everyday world of young migrants often reveal just how distant and removed their lives are from the traditional reproach of a purported “parallel society.” However, there are also special musical groups, theatrical plays, literary works and films that come straight to the point, encapsulating in a provocative manner the post-migrant element as subversive praxis pitched against hegemonial attributions. Continue Reading →