Virtual Walks Project 2020 & Videos

Published September 2020
© Annette Erpenstein
© Lina Martin-Chan
Heike Maus and Sonja Broy
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The CITYMAKERS Virtual Walks Project investigates fundamental themes of life in cities and on the countryside that are as relevant for people living in China as for those living in Berlin or any other European city.

The notion of “walk” could be interpreted and extended differently by each one of us. Outdoor urban walking is an opportunity not only to ask what the immediate impact of the coronavirus pandemic on urban and social space is, but also more substantially: What dysfunctions, blind spots and paradoxes does it bring to the surface?

In May 2020, queer filmmaker Popo Fan got invited to kick-off the first in the series of CITYMAKERS- Virtual Walking in Berlin to share his personal “Berlin walk” collaborating with CITYMAKERS-own Silvan Hagenbrock, urbanist and editor. The kick-off was created in cooperation between the programs CITYMAKERS and the Grenzgängerfestival //open:closed borders// and which premiered on Sunday, 31 May 2020.

The kick-off was followed by a decision c-makers core-team had made: an Open Call for participating at CITYMAKERS Virtual Walks Project.

Out of 43 applications, we have chosen 24 contributions to be part of our CITYMAKERS Virtual Walks Project, including a fruitful cooperation with Bosch Alumni Network and Goethe-Institut China. The walks investigated fundamental themes of life in cities that are as relevant for people living in China as for those living in Berlin or any other European city.

Their outcomes were presented in autumn 2020 during the CITYMAKERS China-Europe 5th Anniversary Celebrations.

From the Yangtze to the Spree

Walls

Chinatown

Rebirth of Industrial Heritage

Social Infrastructure

Chengdu Stays Playful

Chinese in Berlin

Wonderland in Berlin

Urban Transformation Shanghai and Berlin

About Happiness

Temporary Faith

Here

Walking after Lockdown Paris – Orleans 1h30

Learning Cities – What if you can’t Walk

The Wall, is it still there?

Stuttgart

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