The current situation shows now more than ever, that our problems are deeply intertwined, and that European ways to tackle these various problems are needed, yet at the same time it is the local responses we are now so dependent on.
The sharing of public space following this current crisis will change significantly. We must not forget it is our broken relationship to natural resources that created the conditions in which we are self-isolating right now. Coming out of isolation will also require rethinking how we share spaces with people but also how we share spaces with species, natural resources, and how we rethink infrastructure in non-extractivist modes.
The Floating e.V is a cultural organization standing in a rainwater retention basin in Berlin. This fully functioning urban infrastructure was closed for over 80 years, allowing animals, plants and algae to take root in the grey water, creating a unique landscape: a human-made environment retaining polluted water, reclaimed by nature forming a natureculture (Donna Haraway, 2003) or third-landscape (Gilles Clément, 2003). Our research at the Floating Campus tackles all of these questions through the architectural and cultural relationship we have to water in urban settings. Our unique site brings together a fully functioning urban infrastructure and a fully immersed cultural institution and represents a new vision for sites in European cities and landscapes.
Solidarity can be imagined between forms of habitation, forms of infrastructures, forms of knowledge exchange and between all of the above.
How can our network enable and empower within this tension and spectrum of local and European scales?