Against the backdrop of increasing commercialization of urban development and public space, many areas of society are calling for greater participation in the city. While in view of the increasing commercialization of urban development and public space, many social sectors are calling for greater participation in the city. While, for example, buildings and their use are the subject of discussions, for example in the planning of new buildings on the Bockenheim campus, citizens' influence on the ownership of others is limited.
In public space, on the other hand, which does not belong to anyone, participation claims are not only articulated, but they are also carried out by different groups appropriating the space in different ways. This includes not only protest movements and subcultures, but also intermediate users and commercial actors offering goods in the public space, for example.
The event, which was conceived as a day of study, presented brief keynote speeches on the multifaceted strategies of appropriation, which show up in youth cultural phenomena (Parkour, street art, etc.), but also in political phenomena (Occupy, Flashmobs) and ecological (Urban Gardening). However, a glance was also taken at the social significance and the technical and regulatory framework.