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How can we rethink the Kunstgewerbemuseum as a multispecies meeting place?

Urban spaces have become an integral part of planetary ecosystems. Some species, such as foxes, adapt amazingly quickly to these structures and find new, unfamiliar habitats. At the same time, other species, especially insects, are being displaced by land sealing or invasion by other species and urgently need new habitats in the urban environment.


Cities are thus developing into a new form of urban wilderness and a more-than-human co-habitat. Although these spaces are predominantly designed according to human needs, in particular architectural and mobility requirements, in the long term there is little quality of life for people if the need for wild green and fallow land is hardly taken into account.

These areas provide habitats worthy of protection for non-human city dwellers, who are a relevant part of this ecosystem. Against the backdrop of rising temperatures, the loss of biodiversity and the emergence of invasive species, the sustainable use of these spaces must be renegotiated.


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In this workshop, the Kunstgewerbemuseum itself becomes an object of exploration for multispecies design. Exploring the urban wilderness of the Kunstgewerbemuseum’s outdoor area, we invite you to speculate on the potential uses of these inconspicuous ecosystems for animals, plants, insects, fungi and microorganisms. The aim is to use creative methods from speculative design to formulate shared ideas, visions and critical questions that encourage reflection on museum spaces as multispecies meeting places.

What potential do unused outdoor spaces of museum architecture offer for non-human actors?

How can the museum become an »urban ark« for species threatened by climate change?

What contribution does multispecies design make to the design and negotiation of species-appropriate habitats?

What collaborations between urban society, culture, science and nature conservation can emerge here?

In addition, this workshop will provide a brief insight into why cities are such special habitats and what measures can be taken to make them more species-appropriate. Insights will be given into Berlin’s diverse wilderness and its non-human actors.

Participants do not need any specialist knowledge. The workshop is aimed at anyone enthusiastic about the interface between design, art, natural science and environmental protection and looking for inspiration to make their own practice or everyday life "more than human friendly". Practical and methodological know-how on multispecies and speculative design practices will be shared and can be explored. The ideas generated in this workshop will become part of a pop-up exhibition as part of the "more than human" project (autumn 2024). The workshop invites for networking, collaboration and exchange. 

Curator: Lynn Harles (Studio Harles, Berlin)

Participation in the workshop is free of charge.Limited number of participants. Registration is required at: S.KGM@smb.spk-berlin.de


Please note: Most of the workshop will take place outside - weatherproof clothing and shoes are recommended.

Data protection notice: The event will be documented and published on the website
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