Master's Thesis: Table of Contents


Towards a conceptualization of critical urban praxis (theory/proposition/physical activity) as a strategy of architectural commoning analyzed through the Baugruppe and Mietshäuser Syndikat in Berlin

"If a political system is corrupted so far that the investment lobby can take it over, then we have a corrupted system." 
                 – Arno Brandlhuber (interview with the author)

Table of Contents

0: Prologue on critique

1. The failure of political philosophy and the failure of architecture 
2. Questions

3. Analytical framework
3.1 The ethnographer and the architect

3.2 The Chicago School of Sociology

3.3 Actor-Network Theory and Critical Urban Theory 
3.4 A comment on people’s knowledge

3.5 Praxis [Warning for German speakers]
3.5.1 Theory and research as critique
3.5.2 Propositions, Pathways, Models as Critique 
3.5.3 Physical activity and everyday life as critique
4. Transformations in Berlin 
4.1 Cycles of history
4.2 Divided city – the architecture of walls

4.3 Restructuring the economy, government, and planning

4.4 Neoliberalization in Berlin

4.5 Neoliberal Urbanizastion on the scale of the master plan

4.6 Neoliberal Urbanization on the Scale of the Project

4.7 Housing

4.8 Gentrification and Displacement

5.9 The post-political configuration of neoliberal urban master plans 
5.10 The Post-Political configuration of Neoliberal Projects
5. Collective Housing in Berlin

5.1 Why does cooperative housing emerge in this urban-political constellation? 
5.2 Introducing the Baugruppe

5.3 Case Study 1: Zanderroth Architects

5.4 From profit to distinction

5.5 Case Study 2: Ritterstraße 50

5.6 Case Study 3: Malmöerstr 29

5.7 Comparison between private and common
6: Conclusion

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