Die diesjährige Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism widmet sich dem Thema „Imminent Commons“. Als Berliner Beitrag ist in der Ausstellung Commoning Cities die Laube in den Prinzessinnengärten zu sehen. Die von Helen Hejung Choi kuratierte Ausstellung zeigt Beispiele aus 50 Städten weltweit.
„Communing Cities presents questions and answers concerning the current state and near future of cities of the world through the lens of public initiatives, projects, and urban narratives. Cities are searching for new possibilities that will help them survive and thrive within new systems of municipal governance. The strategies of cities with regard to rapid urbanization, scarcity of public resources, and privatization of commons will be examined through the diverse spectrum of focused projects.“
Prinzessinnengärten was founded in 2009 on Moritzplatz in Kreuzberg in the centre of the city of Berlin. Volunteers transformed a former wasteland into a thriving self-managed urban community garden. Die Laube (The Arbour) is a self-built, ten-metre-high, open wooden structure amidst the garden. It was developed and designed by Quest (Christian Burkhard and Florian Köhl) in collaboration with Marco Clausen (Prinzessinnengärten) to facilitate social learning through the construction process. Over 100 volunteers invested 10,000 hours to make the project a reality. Through the participatory act of building, die Laube reinforced connections between local initiatives and public institutions. Instead of being sold off to the highest bidder at the end of the current lease, it strives to evolve into a co-produced multi-purpose public space.