Berlin Freespaces, otherwise known as Freiräume Map, Berlin, is an internet-based map depicting various forms of Freiräume (“free spaces,”) in Berlin today, including Hausprojekts (legalized squats), Wagenplätze (trailer communities), co-housing, social centers, tool-shares, hacker spaces and community gardens.
The map is an effort to centralize and expand on scattered pockets of information, including pre-existing databases as well as my own personal archive of Freiräume, which I have been accumulating since 2009.
The map allows the viewer to turn “on” and “off” certain kinds of spaces in order to locate accessible tools and resources, such as wood/metal-working spaces, free building materials, or donation-based health and legal counseling. The purpose of the map is to provide a tool for connection, historical analysis, and community organizing between autonomous, DIY spaces.
This project was made possible with the generous assistance of Eric Brelsford.