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Well-known personalities from diverse walks of life took part in tours of Realstadt. They didn’t only share their views on Realstadt but also their own wishes and their opinions on what defines a city.

Friday, 22 October 2010, 6 pm
Jenni Zylka, publicist
A freelance culture correspondent for several print media (taz, Tagesspiegel, FR, Zeit, SZ-Magazin, tip, Zitty), for Spiegel Online and radio stations (WDR, rbb), Jenni Zylka is also a writer of fiction (Rowohlt) and film scripts (moneypenny filmproduktion). She is a member of the juries for the Adolf-Grimme-Preis and for Deutscher Radiopreis and an examiner for the FSF, selects feature films for the Berlinale and moderates panel talks at the Berlinale. And her spare time, which she always has too much of, sees her working as a secret agent.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010, 6 pm
Associate Professor Dr. Paul Sigel, Art Historian and Author
Dr. Paul Sigel, who taught at Dresden and Darmstadt Universities of Technology, is the author of several publications on the history and theory of architecture. The focus of his research was on the analysis of discourses on the culture of building, the strategies of the state’s self-manifestation, the construction of urban identity, the history of international building fairs and the transformation processes in Berlin urban planning.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010, 6 pm
Vera Tollmann and Jan Turowski, Neue Auftraggeber / New Patrons
Vera Tollmann works in Berlin as a freelance curator and publicist; Jan Turowski is a political scientist and theorist. Both are committed collaborators of the Berlin office of New Patrons. The European programme NEUE AUFTRAGGEBER / NEW PATRONS proposes a new organizational model for artistic production. Art in the public arena is seen only too often as simply another product of the service industry, which means that its capability of making an impact on society is insufficiently appreciated, if at all. NEUE AUFTRAGGEBER / NEW PATRONS has become active in creating the structures that private individuals and interest groups require to initiate and realize public arena art projects on their own authority. Citizens from different social segments play the part of patrons in these projects. Helped by curators acting as mediators, more than 200 artistic projects have been realized in this way since 1993, above all in France. Since 2009 the programme has also been taking root in Germany.

Thursday, 11 November 2010, 4 pm
Uli Hellweg, CEO of Internationale Bauausstellung Hamburg 2013
Urban planner Uli Hellweg is the chief executive officer of Internationale Bauausstellung Hamburg. Under the heading of “Projects for the future of the metropolis“ the IBA addresses the emerging urban challenges represented by the two Elbe islands, Wilhelmsburg and Veddel, and by Harburg Inland Port. A space of seven years has been earmarked for the realization of a great number of architectural and social projects. Civic commitment and the involvement of civic actors in planning processes play a major role in this context.

Thursday, 11 November 2010, 4 pm
Jochen Sandig, RADIALSYSTEM V
Jochen Sandig is acting partner and artistic director of RADIALSYSTEM V in Berlin. Founded in 2006, this open space for the dialogue between the arts has in the meantime become firmly established as one of the capital’s cultural institutions. The space radiates, as its very name suggests, and it radiates in all directions. It puts artists, creative people and culture aficionados in touch with each other and promotes in this way the emergence of a wide range of innovative formats and new genres of art.

Monday, 22 November 2010, 5:30 pm
Dr. Volker Hassemer, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Stiftung Zukunft Berlin
Dr. Volker Hassemer has been chairman of its board of directors ever since the Stiftung Zukunft Berlin first took shape. As a forum for new styles of civic participation the foundation has been making a significant contribution to improving the quality of urban-planning decisions. Given its goals of developing shared positions, improving channels of communication and strengthening the sense of co-responsibility, it seeks to create an active network of individuals and institutions in Berlin.

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