The Metropolis of Berlin: Urban Spaces, Cultural Mapping and Innovative Learning Cultures

The metropolis of Berlin is one of the most creative cities in Europe. During extended field studies the city is investigated. An enormous variety of cultural and social processes manifests itself in Berlin's dynamic urban spaces. How do people live, learn and work here and what does all this mean for our future society, and particularly for our educational cultures inside and beyond schools?

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Field studies, creative city, Berlin, urban spaces, emotional and social geographies, cultural mapping, diversity, participation, commoning, innovative learning cultures
10/01/2015 - 10/31/2023
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Abteilung Pädagogik und Didaktik zur Förderung der emotionalen und sozialen Entwicklung


Inspired through the reading of Walter Benjamin´s "Arcades Project" about Paris, and Alfred Kerr‘s Berlin diaries and letters, also guided by a growing literature about the "Creative City" in the social sciences, extensive field studies were started in Berlin, in October 2015. The driving motivation behind this endeavor is an educational one and hopes to collect ideas for the building of innovative learning cultures. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, as well as during Imperial and Weimar Germany, the city has embraced a reputation as a creative, dynamic and glittering metropolis. Berlin is comparable with New York, London or Paris, cities that attract people from all over the world. These cities provide space for the development of identities and the creation of life styles. How do creativity and innovation manifest themselves on the social, cultural and economic level, in Berlin and its diverse quarters?



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