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Martha Rosler at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin

How can we create affordable living space? How do we provide opportunities for self-determination? Who are today’s new clients? What new answers can be found to the age-old housing question?

Housing forms the rooms, neighborhoods and streets of our daily lives. Our personal happiness and societal well-being originate and find their expression there, as do social ills and personal dramas. But housing issues are increasingly reduced to real estate problems and disassociated from the cultural practices of architecture. And alternative players are clearly lacking. The result: Growing numbers of people are finding it increasingly difficult to gain access to self-determined, affordable housing. The HKW project Wohnungsfrage investigates the tension-ridden relationships between architecture, housing, and social reality in an exhibition of experimental concepts for living, a publication series and an academy.

Concept and program: Jesko Fezer, Nikolaus Hirsch, Wilfried Kuehn, and Hila Peleg.

Wohnungsfrage takes place as part of the HKW series 100 Years of Now, examining current social issues in the context of historical perspectives.