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Licht Luft Scheiße: Trouble in Paradise: On the History, the Present and Possible Futures of Prinzessinnengarten Kreuzberg«

August 30 / 18:00 - 19:30


Walk with Marco Clausen (EN)

A motorway was once foreseen at this spot. Now, carrots and potatoes grow here—but for how much longer? The Prinzessinnengarten began in 2009 as an interim use project. It is meanwhile famous worldwide as a pioneering example of social and ecological urban gardening. Nonetheless, its future is uncertain. The site was supposed to be sold off to the highest private bidder already in 2012. The “Let It Grow” campaign with its petition signed by 30,000 managed to prevent that. The present management Nomadisch Grün GmbH has announced it will leave Moritzplatz at the end of 2019. In parallel, the Initiative Prinzessinnengarten has been launched with the goal of retaining the site long-term as a public commons. On the walk, Clausen tells the history of the garden in light of broader developments in the district over the last ten years. He presents the work of the Initiative Prinzessinnengarten and discusses with participants the pressing need to forge a different kind of city with new relationships to rural space, given the dramatic social and ecological crisis we are now facing.

Marco Clausen is co-initiator of Prinzessinnengarten (since 2009) and the Neighborhood Academy (since 2015). He contributes to the question of local self-organization for social and ecological justice in urban and rural areas through lectures, publications, participatory research, international exchange programs, and cooperation with artists and activists. Clausen ist specifically interested in non-institutionalized forms of collective learning and political education on topics like the commons, food sovereignty, or the right to the city. In 2012 he published “Prinzessinnengarten. Anders gärtnern in der Stadt” (Prinzessinnengarten. A Different Way of Gardening in the City). Clausen is active in different movements, networks, and working groups on democratic land access and part of the Initiative Prinzessinnengarten Kreuzberg. Together with Kerstin Meyer he organized the Fact-Finding Committee on green commons at ZK/U and published „Gemeingut Grün: Ein Dauergartenvertrag für Berlin“ (ZK/U Press 2018)


August 30
18:00 - 19:30


Laube im Prinzessinnengarten Kreuzberg
Prinzenstraße 35-38
Berlin, 10996


Nachbarschaftsakademie im Prinzessinnengarten Kreuzberg