Thu 8 Oct 2015 until Sun 11 Oct 2015

Metropolitan Field Trip Berlin [CLOSED]

An in-depth insight in the cooperative models of urban development in Europe's creative capital
Thu 8 Oct 2015 until Sun 11 Oct 2015


Join us on this four-day field trip to Berlin and meet your professional peers and local City Makers.

The City of Berlin’s turn of the century bankruptcy spurred a rise in local civic initiatives unlike any other European city. This outburst of creativity quickly granted Berlin with the sounding label of the Creative Capital of Europe. However, soon this delivered the desired effect of returning investment and a thriving tourism industry, with hipsters flocking the notorious club scene. In popular gentrifying districts such as Kreuzberg and Neukölln housing prices are on the rise, with the risk of displacing the artists and immigrant communities that contributed to its attractiveness in the first place.

In the midst of the real estate boom that Berlin faces today, creative entrepreneurs are implementing cooperative models of urban development. They generate turnovers that allow them to compete with the big guys, but strive to build a radically different city, that is more inclusive, sustainable and creative. Holzmarkt, the 18.000 m2 urban village on the Spree waterfront, is perhaps one of the best examples of the cooperative area development that is taking place in Berlin. And they are inviting us on this four-day Metropolitan Field Trip to show us around to meet Berlin’s City Makers, the creative entrepreneurs as well as the policy makers.

What will the Metropolitan Field Trip entail?

With a broad perspective on transition and social innovation in urban development we will study Berlin as a city and a metropolis. We will meet local City Makers, professional peers, residents, entrepreneurs, and study the small-scale, often informal urban interventions.

© Holzmarkt

Preliminary programme

Metropolitan Field Trip Berlin programme leaflet

Thursday, October 8. 

04:00 pm          Welcome and get together at Holzmarkt

05:00 pm          Tour and introduction to Holzmarkt: An urban village for creatives, craftsmen and technology

07:30 pm          Dinner at 3 Schwestern in Künstlerhaus Bethanien, a 19th-century hospital-turned-artist’s house in Kreuzberg

© Holzmarkt

Friday, October 9

Breakfast at hotel

10:00 am        Boat tour and discussion around Mediaspree: The restructuring of a post-industrial waterfront.

01:30 pm        Lunch at DAZ Cantina (German Centre for Architecture)

03:00 pm       Berlin House of Representatives: Visit and talks

05:00 pm       Bike tour through Kreuzberg: Urban gardening at Prinzessinengärten, gentrification and tenants protests at Kotti&Co

08:00 pm       Dinner at Das Hotel restaurant & guesthouse

Saturday, October 10

11:00 am       Markthalle Neun: Brunch and tour in a historic market hall

02:00 pm       City Makers Conference at Holzmarkt: with keynotes, panel discussions and workshops (TBA)

09:00 pm      Dinner at FAME restaurant at Holzmarkt


Sunday, October 11

11:00 am       Tempelhofer Feld: Brunch, Urban Commons at Allmende-Kontor and Schillerkiez quarter

2:00 pm        Wrap up and end of programme

The Metropolitan Field Trip to Berlin is organized by Genossenschaft für Urbane Kreativität (Cooperative for Urban Creativity) and Mörchenpark e.V. co-founders of Berlin based urban village Holzmarkt, together with Amsterdam based platform Pakhuis de Zwijger, Deltametropolis Association, Stipo, Inspiring Cities and AIR.

Why should you join the Field Trip to Berlin?

Because you are somewhat actively engaged in the transition of cities, or urban development in general. You want to broaden your horizon and witness how things are done elsewhere in Europe. You want to meet new people within your field of interest or profession, and want to establish sustainable (inter)national contacts. And first and foremost, you want to get a unique perspective on Berlin, gain this in the company of an inspiring group of peers and have the practicalities fully taken care off.

Who will join the Metropolitan Field Trip?

Practical information & Booking

Booking transportation to and from Berlin is the responsibility of the participants.

To join this unique Metropolitan Field Trip, please sign up here:


Would you like to ask some questions? Call us through +31 20 624 63 80 or send an e-mail to Charlot Schans.

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