The current situation with the Covid-19 pandemic is challenging physical contact and bringing new spatial manifestation of caring for each other and practicing distance. Between April and October 2020, the University of the Arts, Chair for Design and Building Planning, hosted the design studio Spaces of Solidarity as a contribution to the TAB2020. Starting under the conditions of Covid-19 lockdown we asked: What do we understand under the term „solidarity“ and how do we practice it? Where does solidarity take place in urban, digital and domestic space? How are the thresholds, intersections and divisions shaped through distance? What can we imagine for the typologies of solidarity within the blurred boundaries of semi-public and radical domestic after the “corona-crisis”?
Mappings and ethnographic drawings on Berlin’s lockdown situations built the base for the explorations around the term solidarity and its spatial manifestations. Six mapping and video projects, which analyze and speculate about possible futures of spaces beyond the binaries of private and public, are digitally available on a website and physically set in context within the Berlin Pavilion at the Haus der Statistik, Berlin.
Further throughout the process the design studio raised a discourse on (non-)institutions, universities and spaces of learning as spaces of solidarity themselves. In the physical format of the Berlin Pavilion live conversations between different educational actors were held and critically retrace the process of the projects.