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Viktor Hildebrandt

Political Space Matters

http://www.politicalspacematters.org

Gartenstra├če, Berlin, Germany
Viktor (28) holds a BA in Philosophy and mastered in European Urban Studies. He is based in Berlin where he currently works in the housing sector. Viktor is about to start a PHD on the topic of political space at the Habitat Unit of TU Berlin. According to his friends, Viktor is a good person.

Political Space Matters


The spatial dimension of the structural political shift from Government to Governance

Political Space Matters


The spatial dimension of the structural political shift from Government to Governance
I would like to know what characterises good, contemporary urban political spaces.
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  • Systemic changes

Politics is changing: We are moving from a world based on Government towards a world of Governance. When political institutions are transformed, when new political actors enter the scene, when democracies face new challenges - then the spaces where politics happens will also be adapted. But the relation between politics and space is not a one-way-street. W. Churchill famously said that "first we shape our buildings, then our buildings shape us". Political spaces heavily influence if people engage politically, what they do and what results from their actions. So how can we consciously use spatial design to make a difference in the political sphere?

Many new townhalls use, for example, glass facades to signal transparency. Some integrate apolitical functions to attract visitors. Others are designed like coworking spaces to shake off the dusty image of 20th century bureaucracy. Are these the right moves? What more can we do? And what is going on outside of traditional political spaces?


Political Space Matters


The spatial dimension of the structural political shift from Government to Governance

Political Space Matters


The spatial dimension of the structural political shift from Government to Governance
I would like to know what characterises good, contemporary urban political spaces.
File under
Type of project
  • Systemic changes

Politics is changing: We are moving from a world based on Government towards a world of Governance. When political institutions are transformed, when new political actors enter the scene, when democracies face new challenges - then the spaces where politics happens will also be adapted. But the relation between politics and space is not a one-way-street. W. Churchill famously said that "first we shape our buildings, then our buildings shape us". Political spaces heavily influence if people engage politically, what they do and what results from their actions. So how can we consciously use spatial design to make a difference in the political sphere?

Many new townhalls use, for example, glass facades to signal transparency. Some integrate apolitical functions to attract visitors. Others are designed like coworking spaces to shake off the dusty image of 20th century bureaucracy. Are these the right moves? What more can we do? And what is going on outside of traditional political spaces?



Idea by

Viktor Hildebrandt
Political Space Matters
Gartenstra├če
Berlin
Germany
Viktor (28) holds a BA in Philosophy and mastered in European Urban Studies. He is based in Berlin where he currently works in the housing sector. Viktor is about to start a PHD on the topic of political space at the Habitat Unit of TU Berlin. According to his friends, Viktor is a good person.