On 9 October 2020, the apartment building at Liebigstraße 34 in Friedrichshain was evicted. All residents of the building and members of the left-alternative project “anarcha-queer-feminist house project Liebig 34” had to leave the building as a result of the eviction.
The day of the eviction was accompanied by a wide range of media coverage and, of course, a lot of unrest in the district itself. The action was accompanied by days of preparation and follow-up by the police and protest groups.
Focus of the discussion: Greatly changed social structure in Friedrichshain
Friedrichshain is one of the neighbourhoods that has undergone the greatest transformation in the last 15 to 20 years. In addition to the still very present left-wing alternative scene and long-established residents, there are many newcomers to Friedrichshain who have often moved into newly built or lavishly renovated, expensive flats. The significantly higher rent levels that have been achieved in recent years have resulted in a completely new social mix.
In the first episode of the URBAN DEVELOPMENT PODCAST, I spoke with Axel Diehlmann, himself a native of Friedrichshain, about why the situation in the Friedrichshain district is so complex, what mistakes were made in the past and what the future of this district, which is as popular as it is polarising, can look like with its important, socially oriented social projects.
Urban Development PODCAST
Topic: Liebig 34 and the future of left-alternative living spaces in Friedrichshain
Guest: Axel Diehlmann
About the Person:
Axel Diehlmann studied Cultural Studies at the European University Viadrina and Historical Urban Studies at the TU Berlin. His thematic focus was on identity constructions and political movements in public space. As part of his subsequent teaching at the Department of Architectural History for several years, he organised international study programmes with Cuban universities and during this time laid the foundations for his current work as a funding consultant for projects in the social sector.