About us

We are an international and integrative team with a variety of backgrounds and a common passion for creative sustainability. id22 brings together architects, planners, sociologists, artists, community developers and gardeners, educators and others. With members, partners and volunteers from many countries, we study and support pioneering local Berlin initiatives, recognizing there are crises emerging in the world around us. Our Institute emphasizes communication and networking, cooperation and conviviality.
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The Institute

id22 is a non-profit, civil-society-based organisation with about 20 members working with creative sustainability, connecting theory and practice in Berlin, emphasizing self-organisation. The main topic of the Institute is CoHousing as a foundation for cultures of sustainable urban development.

History

The Institute was founded in Berlin’s UfaFabrik, a model ecological and cultural urban village, on February 14, 2003. Inspiration came from a large event in 2000, called id22: The Festival for Culture, Ecology and Community. A bottom-up, multidisciplinary approach to sustainability has been the main approach from the very start. In 2008 the Institute moved to a new Building Community in Prenzlauer Berg and then in 2012 began the move to the Spreefed CoHousing project in Berlin-Mitte where it is now based.

Expertise

Our Institute emphasizes communication and networking, cooperation and conviviality, with a focus on self-organisation and local initiatives. In our interdisciplinary team we combine different approaches to sustainability, working with architecture, urban planning, geography, arts and social sciences.

Team

Dr Michael LaFond

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Dr Michael LaFond

Community Developer, Project Manager and Urbanist. Founder and Director of id22: Institute for Creative Sustainability. Current work studies and publicizes relationships among self-organized housing, urban development processes and sustainability. Projects include the network experimentcity, the book CoHousing Cultures, the annual housing fair EXPERIMENTDAYS, the online platform CoHousing-Berlin, creative sustainability tours, etc. Personally active for decades with CoHousing. Since 2011 involved in the development of the Spreefeld Housing Cooperative. At home in the Spreefeld’s Spree WG 1 shared-living group.

Initial degree and work experience in architecture. Interdisciplinary Dissertation in Urban Design and Planning in Seattle and Berlin. Since 2000 teaching contracts with a range of universities including: FU and TU Berlin, Kunsthochschule Berlin Weißensee, CIEE Future Cities, BTK and UW CHID Berlin. A variety of university, research and teaching projects deal with participatory, civil society-initiated, re-developments of urban land and buildings, informal planning, innovative uses of environmental technologies and democratizations of urban planning processes.
Partners include Land Berlin, the European Commission and a large number of foundations.

A focus is on urban, international CoHousing Cultures: self-organized, community-oriented, inclusive and sustainable forms of housing. Another special interest is the exploration and development of convivial technologies. In this sense id22 has been developed with its diversity of communications’ strategies: Objectives include being informative and enjoyable, provocative and constructive, communicative, creative and most importantly human.
Claudia Hirtmann

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Claudia Hirtmann

Über meine grüne Ausbildung als Floristin und meine Studiengänge im Bachelor Gartenbau und im Master Urbanes Pflanzen- und Freiraummanagement, der neben den pflanzlichen Lehrinhalten, Themenfelder wie Projektmanagement und Stadtentwicklung beinhaltet, habe ich nun bei id22 meine “Nische” gefunden.
Neben Projekten wie den EXPERIMENTDAYS liegt mein Hauptaugenmerk auf dem Spreeacker. Hier spielt nicht nur das urbane Grün eine wichtige Rolle, sondern auch stadtentwicklungspolitische Themen, wie beispielsweise die Gestaltung des öffentlichen Uferweges. Als ein Vorstandsmitglied des neu gegründeten Spreeacker e.V. nehme ich die Herausforderung des Zusammenspiels der verschiedenen ökologischen und sozialen Aspekte gern an und freue mich gemeinsam mit Partnern, Freunden und Mitstreitern diesen lebendigen und einmaligen Ort effektiv und in der Gemeinschaft mitzugestalten. Als Berlinerin sind mir solche besonderen und auch geschichtsträchtigen Freiräume wie der Spreeacker wichtig, denn sie werden weniger und immer seltener von Bewohnern und der Öffentlichkeit durch Partizipation bespielt. Seit vielen Jahren bin ich in der Bewegung der Gemeinschaftsgärten aktiv und kann somit mit und auf dem Spreeacker und bei id22 meine Erfahrungen auf eine neue Ebene heben: im Zusammenspiel mit der Spreefeld Genossenschaft und einer größeren, breiteren, aktiv zu beteiligenden Öffentlichkeit.
Ich möchte mich gern an dieser Stelle bei meinen Vorgängern bedanken, die viel als Vorstand bei id22 geleistet und bewirkt haben.

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Larisa Tsvetkova

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Larisa Tsvetkova

Contributing to sustainable city making by inspiring people to act for change is the biggest aim of my work. Architectural background helps me think practical and process-oriented while concentrating on ideas and visions for the future. I focus on sustainable urban development, cooperative housing , self-organization and inclusion. In Berlin I find endless stories and new motivation every day: this city demontrates real examples of creative sustainability and innovative approaches that are still just a theory in most places in the world.

I was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia where I studied and worked as an architect before going to Germany to start a master program. In 2012 I finished my master Thesis on "Shared Living" at Dessau International Architecture Graduate School (DIA) and moved to Berlin where I continued to work in architectural field as well as in education and networking. Since 2013 I am member of the id22: Institute for Creative Sustainability board of directors and since
2017 research associate at the TU Brunswick.

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Since 2014 we have been working in our self-organized Project Space, where we are engaged with our local community, which includes the Spreeacker Initiative and Spreefeld Cooperative.
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Project space

The id22 Project Space is inclusive as it integrates CoWorking with project development as well as the creating and exhibiting of art. Office work complements discussions, performances and workshops. Of course the space is an example of Do-It-Together architecture, emphasizing process and participation.

Spreefeld

The Spreefeld Building and Housing Cooperative is one of Berlin’s best examples of self-organized CoHousing, providing apartments for about 130 people and working spaces for about 100. The ground level and extensive landscape bordering the Spree offer diverse places and services for the general public, including community gardens and cultural spaces, daycare and wood workshop. The buildings represent an ecological, passive standard, the site is car-free, and the opportunities for participation are many.

Spreeacker

Spreeacker was initiated by the Spreefeld Cooperative in 2011 before the construction began, to actively engage a variety of cultural, educational and gardening initiatives - incl. id22 and Spreegarten -
in the development of the site. The non-profit Spreeacker association was founded in 2014 to be able to continue to support local community gardening as well as to bring together the cooperative and neighborhood in the development of the planned Spree shore path.

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