Squat here

If you were an artist in Berlin you'd be home by now.

Berlin’s Kunsthaus Tacheles (not handy at German? Google it and get the page translated) is five stories of artist squats that include a working sculptor’s gallery in the backyard, two bars, a cinema and many galleries. The central staircase is also an ever-changing gallery of graffiti and poster art. Shortly after the Berlin Wall came down, a collective of artists occupied the building that had once been a department store before war and occupation cast it into some pretty dark roles. It was art that ultimately saved it from demolition. Tacheles is an example of how legalized squatting and cheap housing can go beyond an effective solution to urban homelessness and act as a petri dish for culture.

This week’s Frandoms are by Rob Schlyecher at Spring Advertising.