Moabit is a fascinating ‘island’, and inner-city of Berlin. It is the site of a new ‘partizaning’ research in the city. Most interesting is its fairly large (almost 50%) migrant population; and, the fact that industrial spaces in the district have been changing slowly over time. There is a strong connection between memory, change and transformation in this district. There are many overlooked voices and spaces in the district, and what was most striking is how segregated life seemed to be. What and were you socialized divided up by age, language, occupation and culture. Although questions about spatial changes are more visible in the ‘gentrifying’ areas of Neukolln or Kruezberg, Moabit has been filled with an anticipation that ‘things ARE going to change.’ In any case, the discussion about gentrification and gentrifying has happened enough in Belin. This project sought to explore the concept of home and the experience of migrants and refugees. Through participatory public space mapping and mailbox surveying, the goal was to create a people’s ethnography of the neighborhood. One that accounted for their stories, their perceptions of change and how they adapt the built environments to meet their needs. As a first step, in mid-December, a prototype map of the area was made on duct tape. People visiting or living in Moabit were Invited to share their knowledge and experience based on different emotions related to different spaces. The map is less about being an output, and more of a process. It continues to evolve as people leave their mark on it.
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