Bus stops, city toilets, benches, trash cans, infoboards ...

Urban furniture combined with outdoor advertising has determined the public space of metropolises for more than 30 years. The project ‘Hacking Urban Furniture’ explores the history, present and future of urban furniture in collaboration with artists, urban explorers, administrators, politicians, activists and researchers, exploring the potential of spatial public service Design in the city.


Christian Hasucha / Monozelle

21 September – 07 Oktober 2017

Every day (except on Sundays and holidays) from 10 to 12 am and 15 to 17 am at Kleiner Tiergarten and Otto Park, Berlin.
Saturday 30 September: 10 to 12 am and 13 to 15 pm

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Two First Prizes
A. Kiez Ding / Fiete Rohde & Team / 1500€
B. Benoit Maubrey / Arena: a Speakers Sculpture / 1500€

Two Second Prizes
A. Andreas Templin / ''Berlin Dough'' / 1000€
B. Adam Page & Eva Hertzsch / 'Executive Box  / 1000€

Two Honorable Mentions
A: Extrapolation Factory / Transition Habitats
B: WTHUF / Printschler Josef-Matthias

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Hacking Urban Furniture explores the evolutionary history, present and future of urban furniture. In regularly published essays, urban researchers, architects, artists and citizens examine the legal, historical, political, cultural and social parameters of urban furniture and question paradigms by looking at perspectives from Brazil, India, Egypt and North America.

Mary Dellenbaugh

The physical and social normative properties of street furniture

Public space, in particular in cities, is an important backdrop for gatherings and everyday social life. The organization of public space and the objects in it, most notably street furniture such as benches, bus stop shelters, advertising pollards, and public restrooms, determine which uses are possible or allowed and help to create and confirm norms about how we should move through and use space and which persons or groups are welcome there. In this essay, two aspects of street furniture’s norming function will be discussed: its provision by various entities (public authorities, private...

Joanne Pouzenc

JCDecaux, Public-Private Space

When in 1964, the young entrepreneur Jean-Claude Decaux invented the “Street Furniture”, he couldn’t foresee the immense success of his company 50 years later. Present in every continent, in the...

Laura Sobral

Co-created Street Furniture as a Catalyst for Urban Culture and Public Life

In São Paulo Brazil, as in many cities throughout Latin America, public open spaces have for decades been neglected. Public open spaces in these environments are generally unattractive, dirty and...


Learning Reconfigured: Challenging and Negotiating Urban Perceptions

Streets in contemporary Indian cities are a confluence of formal and informal flows of human endeavour, with the informal moulding and wrapping itself around the “official” with varying degrees of...

Jan Bovelet

Corporate urban furniture, public space, and money. A sketch for an artistic research project

The basic idea of the project is a Marx-inspired analysis of the economic logic of corporate urban furniture with a focus on exploring it's spatial patterns. It's not about a rigid application of the...

Benjamin Cope

Post-Socialist Urban Furniture

Laying out some considerations regarding socialist urban furniture with a view to better understanding the context in which post-socialist urban furniture functions. The argument is that understanding...

Mobasher Niqui

Walls of Kindness

Untreated walls in big cities in Iran has become the field of expressive action for a society that is getting used to express itself indirectly. The walls are the screens of hackings and graffitis,...

Artistic Positions

Christian Hasucha


Markus Ambach


UUF - Upcycling Urban Furniture Ein Konzept für die Bremerstraße in Moabit


Public-Toilet Upgrade



Portable Polis

Berlin-wide public-participation project based on oral, close reading of texts by German-American thinker Hannah Arendt. One of Arendt's singular goals was to place serious thinking in the world where it is most needed. As such, readings will occur at sites around Berlin from texts related to the activities and focus of the site where each session occurs.

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