On the relationship and physical connection between security and urbanity

In collaboration with Dr. Nadine Godehardt, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik / German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Berlin, and the ZEIT-Stiftung, building on last year's series entitled Taksim, Tahrir, Occupy & Co

Annett Zinsmeister: Lost homes, Panorama 1996 / Spatial Installation 2007
Annett Zinsmeister: Lost homes, Panorama 1996 / Spatial Installation 2007 © VG Bildkunst

Cities make our understanding of the world visible. How we breathe, live, move or work in cities as well as how we secure cities represents a certain way of life. This lifestyle is also connected to the normative foundation of our societies. If something changes our mode of living, this mostly also challenges our bahaviour and understanding of democracy, human rights or security. Cities today represent global nodes of political, economic and social interactions. Criminal and terrorist attacks, protests, the increase of urban pollution, the rising feeling of insecurity in certain urban neighbourhoods affects the cities we want to build in the future.
Creating (new) urban places, the inclusion of “others” (humans, machines or even robots) as well as the integration of new technologies raise widespread concern what consequences this holds in regards to our identity and future way of life. How can the city remain a “public” space? How do city planners, political scientists and cultural commentators envision the city of the future?


  • Miriam Mlecek, Programme Manager, ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Berlin
  • Sascha Suhrke, Programme Director Politics and Society, ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, Hamburg

Visual Statement

  • Annett Zinsmeister, Artist and Professor of Experimental Design, Berlin


  • Dr. Nadine Godehardt, Deputy Head of Research Division Asia, SWP, Berlin 
  • Benjamin Tallis, Coordinator at Center for European Security, Institute of International Relations, Prague
  • Katja Veil, Researcher, Urban Planning Consultant, Cologne, Germany
  • Chen Qiu Fan, Science Fiction Author, China
  • Oliver Zeller, Writer, Director, Virtual Effects Designer,  New York, USA

Panel Discussion with the speakers, moderated by Miriam Mlecek, Programme Manager, ANCB, Berlin


  • Hans-Jürgen Commerell, Director, ANCB, Berlin
  • Christoph Geisler, Deputy Director, SWP, Berlin

The following Front-Row-Peers will accompany and further the discussion:

  • Kai Schlieter, Journalist, taz, Berlin tbc.
  • Ludger Schwarte, Professor of Philosophy, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf
  • Ben Wagner, Research Division: Global Issues Associate, SWP, Berlin

Previous Event: Urban(in)securities: The City as Target,  19 May 2016

This series is a collaboration with the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik and generously supported by the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, Hamburg.