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KOTTI & CO + ESTUDIO CRUZ + FORMAN. Spector Books, Leipzig, 2016. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Artbook|D.A.P., New York. 288 pp. 22 x 15 cm. ISBN 9783959050500 In English.
Publisher's description: The first of a two-volume set, und deswegen sind wir hier documents in text (German only) and photographs the history of the social protest launched by Kotti & Co tenants' initiative to protest high rents in Berlin. Occupying the public square in the Kreuzberg district since 2012, the initiative has now grown into an influential player in campaigning for changes in local rent and urban development policies. One instrument of their protest was the construction of a Gecekondu, an informal dwelling built overnight. Accompanying this publication is a booklet on their collaboration with architect Teddy Cruz who, inspired by the Kotti & Co's Gecekondu, designed temporary shelter using retrofitted factor-produced shelving systems for Tijuana. Accompanying the manual is an in-depth discussion between Cruz and political scientist Fonna Forman on housing issues and informal design practices found in the Mexican border town, and extending the conversation on housing to issues of immigration and marginalization.
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Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 173005
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