Session 2 – Housing

The 1968 movement was concerned with questions about affordable, suitable and socially-just housing in many parts of Europe. At the same time, the urge to experiment with different forms of living and cohabitation allowed for unforeseen living constellations from communes with children to feminist flat-sharing collectives. As a result of the acute housing shortage in Berlin, for example, the development of inadequate mass housing in the peripheries and the demolition of central liveable spaces, housing became highly politicized.

The year of riots ignited several forms of civil disobedience through squatting and strikes. Persistent demands for social, adequate and affordable housing as well as appropriate living environments frequently led to violent disputes. Residents, nonetheless, continued organizing committees and performing social and political work within their districts. Today, this scenario resonates with current housing crises in European capitals.

with: Alexander Vasudevan (Oxford), Jelica Jovanovic (Belgrade), Mara Ferreri (Barcelona/Malmö)

Discussant: Andrej Holm