Participant GUPs in Berlin



Autofreiberlin is a network protesting for a car-free city by organizing street parades, while relying on a high and growing number of social media followers.



bi’bak runs a project space that is primarily concerned with topics of Berlin as a post-migrant city, and regularly creates performances and interventions in public space.


District * School without Center

District * School without Center is a nomadic queer-feminist art and cultural space, reflecting on artistic research and practice as well as critical educational work.



ExRotaprint is the former site of the Rotaprint printing press manufacturing plant, now used by a heterogeneous mix of local businesses, community outreach organizations, and independent creatives, and taken off the property market through a complex legal and organizational structure.



FLickeN is a network of people who upcycle and repair bikes together with mostly young people, sharing repair skills and selling bikes in order to increase bike use in the city.


Haus der Statistik/ ZKB

Haus der Statistik is a 50.000 m2 building complex which is currently being developed into cultural and community spaces, housing as well as administrative offices, representing a model collaboration between civil society and communal actors, and during the renovation already opened up for ‘pioneer use’.


Kotti & Co

Kotti & Co is a tenants’ initiative, which gathers among others in a temporary structure in public space, protesting against high rents in social housing and working for tenants’ rights in Berlin.


Mietshäusersyndikat/ M29

Mietshäusersyndikat is an umbrella organization for collective, non-profit housing projects in Germany, providing legal advice and solidarity funding, while always remaining a shareholder in every house project.
M29 is a house project in Prenzlauer Berg, started by a group of individuals and developed in the framework of the Mietshäusersyndikat.


nGbK/station urbaner kulturen

station urbaner kulturen is the “Neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (nGbK)” art association’s satellite space on the large Hellersdorf housing estate on the outskirts of eastern Berlin. It is an exhibition space and workplace for artists and local residents.



openBerlin is a website set up to collect information about empty public properties and to connect individuals, experts and organizations interested in developing a property together.


Prinzessinengärten/ Common Grounds

Prinzessinnengarten is one of the most well known urban gardening initiatives of Berlin, focusing on community education and recently exploring ways to expand to former cemeteries in the city.



Quest is an urban laboratory, founded by architects, who seek to translate a bottom-up approach to spatial form.


raumlabor/ Floating University

raumlabor is a network of architects who collaborate in different projects, among them the Floating University, an educational project that radically rethinks the notion of space in teaching.



ufaFabrik is a former factory, squatted in the 70s and now developed into a complex with a large number of ecological, community and educational initiatives.


RAW Kultur L

RAW Kultur L is a community art center located at a former railway yard, currently owned by three property investors.



ZK/U is a center for artistic production and urban reflection, featuring an event space and a residency for artistic research, and is located in a former railway station surrounded by a public park.



Zusammenarbeiter is a group of architects that collaborate with different actors in the field of urban development, planning and accompanying the process of self-build groups or initiating processes with participatory planning for building projects.