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Timeline Property Map

Urban policy is a dynamic field where historical, theoretical, and practical considerations intersect, particularly concerning property issues. The ongoing debates provide a rich context for exploring how urban planning navigates the tension between emancipatory spatial production and investment pressures. This tension is central to understanding urban development that prioritizes the common good and the production of spatial commons.

This research undertakes a virtual journey through Berlin across various time periods to investigate these themes. By mapping different aspects of urban life — such as open spaces, housing, cooperative planning, work, and neighborhoods — this study aims to trace, categorize, and interpret changing situations and ideas of ownership. These dimensions are considered within the broader framework of a political economy of urban spaces, shedding light on how property and places are negotiated and redefined over time.

The investigation reveals how urban planning can balance the need for communal benefits with the inevitable pressures of investment and profit. By examining historical examples and contemporary practices, the map provides insights into how urban spaces can be developed in a manner that serves the public interest. Ultimately, it seeks to contribute to the discourse on how cities can evolve to become more inclusive and equitable, emphasizing the importance of shared spaces and cooperative efforts in urban development. 

©Jeanne Astrup-Chavaux, Polly Bruchlos, Kenichiro Endo, Tobias List, Jierong Lyu, Philipp Preiß, Alissia Naïda Hoffmann