The laboratory "WARning the city/zens" is dedicated to rethinking urbanism and urban activism in contemporary contexts against the backdrop of war and emigration.
The CISR e.V. Berlin team has been involved in various programs and processes professionally and activistically related to urban development for the last decade. Today we are discovering our own mistakes, asking ourselves many questions and realizing that we need to act differently. For a decade and a half of its existence, post-Soviet urbanism ignored many of the social, economic, and political processes of which it was a part. Nationalism, neoliberalism, authoritarianism, colonialism and imperialism - these phenomena have largely influenced the work of urbanists and urban activists, but have rarely been discussed in the professional community. They continue to influence our thinking and our activism.
The Lab was designed as an invitation to have a frank discussion about what can and should be changed in our approaches to urban development, how we can join forces and act together. We will delve into questions of professional ethics, authoritarian urbanism, complicity and inclusion, migration, coloniality and "imperialism", plots of discrimination and inequality in cities, and more.
What is the role of urban studies today? How can we rethink the civic and professional experiences of urbanists and urban activists in recent years? What ethical, professional and practical questions should we address today, what conclusions should we draw for ourselves? How to act in new contexts and circumstances?
This is a laboratory for those who:
— wants to rethink their activities in the field of urban development;
— looks for new approaches and methods in new conditions;
— wants to share their thoughts and ideas on the topic of the lab and find co-participants;
— looks for new connections, contacts, ideas and inspiration for working with cities;
— lives in cities in Georgia, Armenia and Russia;
— interested in the topic and wants to participate in the online activities of the lab.
What to expect:
the lab program assumes 2 offline meetings per year, as well as regular online meetings