What happens when urban planners meet sociologists? They exchange a lot of thoughts on the city and then finally collaborate. Sheraz Khan and I worked for the last months on a project that combines our professional backgrounds and personal interests: mapping. urban. spaces.
The idea of the project is: The city provides versatile spaces to its inhabitants and visitors and people are in a mode of permanent transition when they move around the city and shift between different kinds of spaces. But not all of these places are accessible and many accessible spaces are only accessible at certain times. Public discourse on urban space is pretty heated, so we decided to step back and take at look at the spaces itself. We chose Berlin-Friedrichshain (Warschauerstraße – Frankfurter Allee – Ostkreuz – S-Bahn trails) as a case study and categorised every door in that area: What kinds of spaces lie behind every door on a street level? How and when are they accessible? What are the requirements to stay?
This is still work in progress and I’m very happy to present our first results. We produced maps that show open spaces at four different times of the week. Our maps visualise that accessible urban space is in motion and transforms during the 168 hours of the week. In other words, the city as a physical space stays the same, but the usable space enlarges and shrinks depending on the time of the day and the week.