Building the Survival Lounge Praxis der feministischen Konstruktion an der TU Berlin, Juli 2020

Building the Survival Lounge

by Tildem Kirtak, Sarah Rivière, & Hermann Schlimme

The “Building the Survival Lounge” publication documents the intersectional feminist process set up in the workshops of the TU Berlin, and taught by Sarah Rivière, Hermann Schlimme and Helle Schröder.
The full publication is available from the fg.bsg at the TU Berlin. An online version will follow.
The publication can be referenced as follows:
Kirtak, T., Rivière, S., Schlimme, H. (Eds.) Building the Survival Lounge. (Berlin: Fachgebiet Bau- und Stadtbaugeschichte der TU Berlin, 2021)

Building the Survival Lounge Inspiration von Audre Lourde, TU Berlin, Juli 2020

This publication describes the design process creating an intersectional feminist Survival Lounge (after Sara Ahmed). The Survival Lounge seminar series was set up at the Chair of History of Architecture and Urbanism (FGBSG, Professor Hermann Schlimme) as an opportunity for students to design, build and inhabit their own Survival Lounge as a real and much-needed space of intersectional feminist exchange.

Building the Survival Lounge TU Berlin, Juli 2020

Teaching took place in spaces – both digital and analogue – designed to give students a grounding in the theory of intersectional feminism and the practice of feminist participative teamwork. This was achieved by combining the development of common ground for teamwork with individual assignments through which each student developed their individual feminist position. Referencing Kimberlé Crenshaw’s concept of intersectionality, we recognize that each of us lives with a unique set of intersecting discriminations. Students found their voices to express their own feminist stance. Voice here is not always acoustic – it can also be through other media.

Building the Survival Lounge TU Berlin, Juli 2020