URBAN [tiny] TALKS is a series of speeches and discussions with the protagonists of the on-going urban revolution in Berlin. The city, starting with the falling of the wall in 1989, has become the symbol of civic virtue, urban activism and participatory design processes.

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The location of the talks: aVOID tiny house. Let’s meet in the garden of Bauhaus-Archiv Museum of Design where the tiny house village called Bauhaus Campus is hosted. aVOID will be fully illuminated that night!

«What projects are you involved in and how are you personally contributing to the developing process of the city?»; «Where does your inspiration come from and how are you inspiring others?»; «What is your vision of the city in twenty years?». During a relaxing aperitivo time, Leonardo Di Chiara will invite guests from the Berlin scene to answer these questions. Location of the talks is aVOID tiny house at Bauhaus Campus Berlin (klingelhöferstraße 14). In front of a [tiny] audience of 15 people and a broader public watching the event via live streaming from their comfortable sofa, the speakers will let us into their personal story as urban activists. They will tell us more about their current involvement in shaping the Berlin of the future. At the end of the talk will follow a short discussion panel where the audience is invited to participate.


The protagonists

Matthias Heskamp will be the speaker which will open the first UBAN [tiny] TALKS season. Starting his career as an architect with Álvaro Siza in Porto and later on with David Chipperfield in Berlin, he founded “paper planes e.V.” in 2016. “paper planes” is a nonprofit association based in Berlin which aims at researching innovative social and technological concepts that make urban spaces more people-oriented and environmentally friendly. Pilot project of his group is Radbahn Initiative which foresees the conversion of the idle space below Berlin’s aboveground subway line U1 into a bicycle lane (www.radbahn.berlin).

Next topics I would like to discuss:

  • Holzmarkt 25 / eckwerk e.V.;
  • Dragoner-Areal in Kreuzberg;
  • Haus der Statistik at Alexanderplatz;
  • Tinyhouse University village in Berlin Mitte (speaker: Van Bo Le-Mentzel);
  • SOLARKIOSK (speaker: Leonardo Di Chiara);
  • Maybe your project 🙂

>>> If you know anyone which belongs to the Initiatives mentioned above, please help me to get in contact with him/her. <<<



URBAN [tiny] TALKS is curated by Leonardo Di Chiara as part of his field research as winner of the “Premio Berlino 2017”, a prestigious prize awarded by Italian Ministry of Culture (MiBACT) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAECI) in conjunction with Italian Institute of Culture Berlin and ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory. The series of talks are held inside aVOID tiny house, a mobile living unit designed by Leonardo Di Chiara and exhibited at Bauhaus Campus, an experimental village inside the garden of Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum of Design in Berlin. The programme is carried on in collaboration with Tinyhouse University e.V., Bauhaus Campus Berlin and Italian Institute of Culture Berlin. All the talks will be in english.


How to participate

If you want to participate in the audience inside aVOID tiny house, please reserve a seat by sending an e-mail to avoid@leonardodichiara.it together with your name/surname and your date of birth. You will receive an e-mail as a confirmation of your reserved seat as soon as the parterre (15 seats) is fully booked. If for any reason you can no longer attend the talk, please cancel your reservation by e-mail or invite someone to take your place. It is also possible to follow every episode of URBAN [tiny] TALKS by watching the live stream on aVOID Facebook page at the following link: https://facebook.com/avoid-tiny-house/. Videos of all the talks will be available in the future on the same link if you can not watch the live stream.


Get involved!

If you think your story, or the story of some of your friends, needs to be part of URBAN [tiny] TALKS too, please get in contact with Leonardo sending an e-mail to avoid@leonardodichiara.it. If the topic fits the programme, it will be an honour to host you as a speaker.