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11 — 14 AUGUST 2021 • Berlin and Online

New Speaker: Liz Diller

Liz Diller is considered one of the most renowned architects in the world. She has designed not only many famous buildings worldwide, but also the High Line Park in NYC. We are proud to welcome her as one of the speakers at Berlin questions 2021: Metropolis The New Now.

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Michael Müller hosts Berlin questions 2021

This year’s edition of Berlin questions, “Metropolis: The New Now,” is dedicated to global challenges and (municipal) solutions to “re-evaluate, re-assess and re-start” cities after the coronavirus pandemic. It will focus on the future of the metropolis and will be hosted by Michael Müller, Governing Mayor of Berlin.

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New partner: Arts of the Working Class

Berlin questions 2021 is proud to partner up with Arts of the Working Class. The multilingual street newspaper for poverty, wealth and art is published every two months and contains contributions from artists and thinkers from different fields and countries. We look forward to learning more about the project at…

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Berlin questions is an annual, multi-day conference and a platform for transdisciplinary dialogue - providing ideas for structural change and collective action. Since 2017, the conference has made Berlin a home for debate, inviting politicians, journalists and artists from all over the world to address topics of global importance. This year's edition of Berlin questions, "Metropolis: The New Now," is dedicated to global challenges and (municipal) solutions to "re-evaluate, re-assess and re-start" cities after the coronavirus pandemic. It will focus on the future of the metropolis and will be hosted by Michael Müller, Governing Mayor of Berlin, from 11-14 August 2021. This year, Berlin questions will take place in hybrid format: both online and live at various locations in Berlin. Experience the conference in several different ways besides being there in person: via livestream or via cutting-edge VR technology that makes it possible to enter the conference locations in a 3D environment. The conference will cover several deep dive topics in different formats, such as dialogues, panels, keynotes or short "video flashes." In increasingly complex times, we need spaces reserved for dialogue, where today's most pressing questions can be discussed in order to provide a sense of direction. Berlin questions is such a space.

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Mayors Statement

Message from the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller

The New Now – What does the present mean for the future? What lessons do we need to learn from the here and now in order to hit the ground running after the pandemic? What role will metropolises play in this process? And why are we asking this question in Berlin? One thing is certain: around the globe, for more than a year now, we have seen the coronavirus turn our world upside down. All spheres and all facets of the urban life we knew are under siege. As though it were a magnifying glass, the pandemic is bringing not only ordinary challenges into sharp focus, but society’s big questions as well. That’s because the pandemic struck in the midst of what were already sweeping changes – digital transformation, urbanization, and climate change – and their corollary impact on social justice, democracy, and freedom. These are all issues that still have special urgency in these pandemic times. (...)

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Metropolis Futures

This year’s edition of Berlin questions, „Metropolis: The New Now,“ is dedicated to global challenges and (municipal) solutions to „re-evaluate, re-assess and re-start“ cities after the coronavirus pandemic. Cities are not only where the consequences of human actions are most visible, but also where new and trailblazing solutions to the…

See program - 11 Aug 2021

Urban Luxuries

Cities are the centres of creativity, diversity and science; they fulfil citizens’ need for connectivity by offering density and spontaneity. Never has the abundance of possibilities been so evident as in times of lockdown and isolation. Urban living in this sense is pure luxury. It offers possibilities in all spatial…

See program - 12 Aug 2021

Disrupted Mobilities

Many companies and political institutions tend to view mobility as a means to an end, when in reality it is the driving force of human existence: it determines where we can or cannot go, with whom we travel and what our journey looks like. It is the nexus of all…

See program - 13 Aug 2021

Civil Responsibility

The social challenges that we are currently facing are perhaps the greatest of our generation. What impact will Covid-19 have on local and international politics? Will we see a rise in nationalist tendencies as a long-term result? At the local level, confrontations, riots and hostile communication are on the rise.

See program - 14 Aug 2021

A humane world of work - in the age of intelligent machines

Dr. Max Neufeind

Culture and AI - Creatives can never be replaced by AI - or can they?

Florian Illies

Revolutionary revelations in climate studies

Dr. Friederike Otto

Sustainability as a principle of city planning

Jeffrey Inaba

Women’s empowerment through volunteer work

Suhani Jalota

The Quest for Stability and Dignity in Society

Heather Brown

Where is the ethical line in the development and use of AI?

Thomas Metzinger

The Fight against Plastic Waste

Eugenia Chow