A concept for an experiential urban space enabling new ways of human encounters.

The experience of space and the boundaries it has raised have made us rethink and reimagine opposites. With our project INTERSPACE we would like to encourage exchange. Furthermore, borders need to be broken in order to playfully enter into exchange. Closeness and distance, experiencing spaces in full reception and thinking beyond. Our exit strategy is a beginning to move and interact in new spaces.


During our research on the topic of living space and alternative supply structures (organic food, food sharing, permaculture…) it became more and more clear to us how comprehensively this field touches all other problematic areas (such as education, nutrition, climate…) and we moved from a bird’s eye view to a closer look at the space as such. More and more the idea emerged to use the potential of change that lies in the form of an intervention.

We now want to create a temporary space of experience, a space of imagination that could lead to a different, more conscious and supportive way of living together. This experiential space is to be created as an intervention in public space and provide an occasion for an exchange on how space could be designed, lived and enlivened. Above all, the aspect of participation is very important to us, since the joint activity or use of the installation, brings people together almost automatically on one level and thus directly a fruitful space for discussion can arise.

The installation will be mobile, so it can be installed in different places. It will be thick, organic-looking ropes hanging from a metal framework. The ropes are looped around the struts of the scaffolding with a knot and hang loosely down to the ground. The somewhat strangely curved greenish ropes, which are reminiscent of a fleshy plant or aerial roots, are intended to arouse the curiosity of passers-by and invite them to interact. The ropes can be knotted, for example, to form small and also larger seating levels and swings, and thus the space around the ropes is in constant flux. Also due to the openness to all sides, the installation is constantly influenced by wind and weather and keeps changing. It is a large network of knots to which everyone can connect. This joint creation and linking of a space can give impulses for an expanded perception of space and its design possibilities.

Viewed in a larger context, this playful approach should also lead to a questioning of our fixed ideas/images of historically grown cities and to thinking about a new space in between. A space of exchange, mutual support and shared experience. We want to create an interface of urban/artificial space, natural space and social space. In a way, the installation is meant to stand as a metaphor for an abundance and a density (of the city) and to invite to deal with this abundance, to order it and to create new space. The interaction can be seen as a playful exercise of how we might deal with our living space, leading to an invention of possible futures (in the dimensions of social and educational).

Initially, a small model of the installation exists, but we also set our sights on a possible location in Berlin, namely the old Hammelhalle near Storkower Straße. The scaffolding of the old Hammelhalle could be the perfect support for the ropes of the installation. By working with the already existing construction, the installation would be realizable with very simple means. An opening of the installation is planned as well as regular events to give concrete food for thought for the conscious interaction with the installation. These thought-provoking impulses could, for example, take the form of a performance that illustrates the possible shared spaces of experience or brings them to life. Also conceivable is a certain coloring of the ropes, divided into several color groups, which provide a clue for possible connections over long distances and make it clear that the space can only be created in conjunction with several people.

A concept by Marc Roman Page, Devi Sofia Sund Rojo and Natalie Marie Preuß




Global Ecovillage Network

Envisioning empowered citizens and communities, implementing pathways to a regenerative future, while building bridges of international solidarity.

Who is the Global Ecovillage Network?

The Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) catalyzes communities for a regenerative world. GEN is a growing network of regenerative communities and initiatives that bridge cultures, countries, and continents.

GEN builds bridges between policy-makers, governments, NGOs, academics, entrepreneurs, activists, community networks and ecologically-minded individuals across the globe in order to develop strategies for a global transition to resilient communities and cultures.

What is an Ecovillage?

An ecovillage is an intentional, traditional or urban community that is consciously designing its pathway through locally owned, participatory processes, and aiming to address the Ecovillage Principles in the 4 Areas of Regeneration (social, culture, ecology, economy into a whole systems design).

Ecovillages are living laboratories pioneering beautiful alternatives and innovative solutions. They are rural or urban settlements with vibrant social structures, vastly diverse, yet united in their actions towards low-impact, high-quality lifestyles. Read more about ecovillage definitions in our Glossary.

Who is in the GEN Network?

About GEN 2GEN is composed of 5 regional networks, and the youth arm, NextGEN, spanning the globe. The network is made up of approximately 10,000 communities and related projects where people are living together in greater ecological harmony.

Some network members include large networks like Sarvodaya (2,000 active sustainable villages in Sri Lanka); the Federation of Damanhur in Italy and REDES in Senegal; as well as small rural ecovillages like Gaia Asociación in Argentina and Huehuecoyotl in Mexico.

It also includes urban rejuvenation projects like Los Angeles EcoVillage and Christiania in Copenhagen; permaculture design sites such as Crystal Waters, Australia, Cochabamba, Bolivia and Barus, Brazil; and educational centres such as Findhorn in Scotland, Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales, Earthlands in Massachusetts, and many more.

Communities of Hope

A beautiful inspiration for another way of living in community.

COMMUNITIES OF HOPE is a film born from a quest to discover a regenerative culture.

It is an invitation to discover a new way of life. A way of life measured by the rhythms of nature, the depth of human  connection, the vast horizon of human potential. It’s the way of life in ecovillages; the intentional communities that Diego and Lou of  The Great Relation Films have spent the last two years documenting.

Filmed largely at the European Ecovillage Network’s annual European Ecovillage Gathering, and drawing on two years of travel and exploration in communities in Europe, the film takes us on a journey around the mandala of regeneration: how ecovillages relate to the social, economic, ecological and cultural dimensions of sustainability. It offers pathways towards a new way of seeing the world, and a new way of living together.

The filmmakers and GEN Europe wish to extend a special thanks to all those who participated, and especially to Damanhur, Amalurra and Tamera for providing footage for use in the documentary.