While homelessness is rampant worldwide, the production of empty spaces is a regular feature of contemporary society. When buildings sit empty for a long time while homelessness persists, it is clear that in these cases markets and states fail to fulfill their expected role as effective allocators of space.
— 

Miguel Martínez, Gianni Piazza and Hans Pruijt - 'Introduction'

to ‘Squatting in Europe: Radical Spaces, Urban Stuggles’ by Squatting Europe Kollective

"Gegen teure Modernisierung INSTANDBESETZT!", Fraenkelufer, Kreuzberg, 1981

#469:

Am 24. März 1981 räumte die Polizei besetzte Häuser am Fraenkelufer in Kreuzberg. Ein Hausbesetzer verlässt das Haus, über dem zugemauerten Eingang der teils beschädigte Schriftzug:
"Gegen teure Modernisierung Instandbesetzt!".

On March 24 1981 the police cleared squatted houses at Fraenkelufer in Kreuzberg. One squatter is leaving the building with the partially damaged slogan: “Against expensive modernization: Restruccupied!”

Photo: Paul Glaser

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