MAZI /Berlin is a pilot project that explores the relationship between network technologies, civic action, commons and informal learning. MAZI means "together" in Greek, and under this idea we work on the development of a DIY networking toolkit for location-based collective awareness.
MAZI /Berlin works within the frame of the EU-funded research project MAZI (CAPS/H2020) and it is based on the partnership between the Design Research Lab (UdK Berlin) and the Neighborhood Academy/Prinzessinnengarten (Common Grounds e.V.).
This collaboration seeks to create a framework that builds up on the civic discourse about the
right to the city, by developing, adopting and testing technology to activate, promote and
support grassroots practices.
The project focuses on small-scale networks and aims to provide tools and interdisciplinary knowledge for individuals or small groups to create their own off-the-cloud networks, while serving as a catalyst for social processes.
In an initial phase the pilot team brought together different initiatives and actors, currently active in the urban debates of the city of Berlin, to discuss about key aspects on the production of the social space – reflected both in its physical and digital conditions, and to speculate about the possibilities of technology as a facilitator of these processes.
As a result of these processes we have started to develop the MAZI Archive, a first prototype that seeks to bring about the possibilities of Prinzessinnengarten as a hybrid space.