As you may know, the robots are coming for us (thanks, Kate, for sharing the video!) What, then, is the shape of work to come? Will the increasing automation mean fewer or more bullshit jobs? Do you agree with Yanis Varoufakis that the universal basic income is a necessity or is it merely a cynical moveRead more about What’s next?[…]
Some of the photos you posted on the blog feature anti-gentrification graffiti, but erasing a piece of street art can also make a powerful statement, as the case of this Kreuzberg mural demonstrates. As we discussed in class, gentrification is a global problem, but it doesn’t work in the same ways everywhere so it isRead more about Gentrification in Berlin and beyond[…]
In advance of this week’s visit to Berlin’s most established coworking space, Betahaus, it will be very helpful to read through Janet Merkel’s very recent history (PDF) of coworking spaces, their community-based setup, and their curatorial role. You will also find much to enjoy (and marvel at) in these two profiles of the massive coworkingRead more about The current state of coworking (and how we got there)[…]
Next week our class will meet at betahaus. If you would like to learn more about how they work, and about the startup ecosystem in Berlin in general, you can apply for this unpaid job here. Also, here’s what Quote Investigator has to say about Mack McAllister’s mantra “be the change you wish to seeRead more about Volunteering Opportunity at Investors Day[…]
Following up on yesterday’s class on new office design, here’s a piece on how companies try to monetize on young people (you). Look out for signs of AirSpace, motivational slogans, and corporate newspeak – we will continue talking about these next week.
As background material for the assigned reading from Nikil Saval’s Cubed, I recommend this brief VOX video on the history of the open-plan office. Since original starchitect Frank Lloyd Wright has an important guest role in the video (and the building caemos in the Saval on page 288), I figured you’d also enjoy gawking atRead more about Beyond the cubicle[…]
If you feel you need a break from the midterms intensity, you may want to watch this video of Angela McRobbie’s interview with Kathy Acker to learn how people talked about creative work (and looked amazing) back in the 1980s.
Next Monday, October 23, 6 pm, at Humboldt University’s Institute of Social Sciences, Universitätstrasse 3b (on the M1 line!), sociologist Sebastian Juhnke will give a talk titled “Between Belonging and Being “Part of a Problem”: Creative Professionals in Hackney and Neukölln”. Here’s the abstract: Members of the ‘creative class’ (Florida 2003), a demographic of both growing size and importanceRead more about upcoming event at HU: a talk on creatives in Hackney and Neukölln[…]
After today’s guest talk, you may be interested in this recent interview with Mary Scherpe, in which she talks some more about her work on Stil in Berlin and beyond.
As I mentioned in class, Florida’s latest book, The New Urban Crisis, has been described as a continuation of his ‘flawed and elitist ideas.’ Another review, in The Jacobin, states that the author ‘has replaced his airy projections of infinite, creativity-fueled growth with a tone of apocalyptic darkness.’ If you’d like to listen to ‘oneRead more about Richard Florida: Sorry Not Sorry[…]