Almost all displacement stories begin with the sentence “And then the new owner showed up”, notes the sociologist Andrej Holm in his text about the capital’s housing crisis in the new HAU publication. The question as to who Berlin belongs to has become even more urgent in recent months. Parallel with defensive anti-gentrification struggles, community-building practices are growing in popularity – urban initiatives are getting involved and conceiving visions for a municipal politics aimed at the common good. HAU Hebbel am Ufer puts these local movements into focus at the start of the new season with its festival “Berlin bleibt! Stadt, Kunst, Zukunft”.
The full German publication is available on our website https://www.hebbel-am-ufer.de/berlin-bleibt-publikation/. You can read Holm’s report on the status quo of the Berlin housing market in English in the PDF on this page.