Rationalist large-scale housing in Moscow produced vast neighbourhoods of standard pre-fab dwellings. But this rationally imposed city cannot deal with Everyday commerce.
In post-socialist cities, small retail kiosks have been popping up according to demand for flowers, drinks, snacks and knick-knacks. Raumlabor-berlin launched in 2005 an urban research on the social potential of such mobile devices, which hold the magic power of turning monofunctional monotony into an outburst of valuables.
Meeting points between self-organization and daily needs, these kiosks may easily adapt to seasonal scarcities. In the same way as itinerant circus provided entertainment in bored townships, mikrorayons housing mega-blocks depend on such trading resources to make their environment more habitable.
Kioskisierung consists of a documentation of this temporary retail in Moscow (Russia), Halle/Neustadt (Germany), Bratislava (Slovakia) and Lûdz (Poland), proposing guidelines to initiate such an activity, as well as possible flaneurial dérives to enjoy these challenges of contemporary city-making. If the word kiosk once dated back to Persian “corner” or “angle“, nowadays it turned into a successful vivid corner shop, struggling to survive in over-planned societies.
[All images> Kioskisierung project by raumlabor.net & kioskisierung.net]