Analyzing different navigation tools one similarity especially strikes the eye.

Until the invention of radio navigation systems, all navigational instruments worked in direct relation to a natural phenomenon, such as the sun,the course of the waves, the stars or the Earth's magnetic field. This raises the question which natural phenomena we can still experience in our cities today and whether, by observing them, possibilities for navigation in urban space could arise.We talked about this potential to Kep Grundheber.

As an artist and trained urban nature guide, she deals a lot with the topic of nature in the city and our perception of urban space. During her "Wind Games" tours, she follows the the city wind through the streets of Berlin and uses this natural force to explain the political, structural and social dimensions of urban nature.




// Could you tell us something about your professional background? What characterizes your work?





Since my studies in Düsseldorf I am enthusiastic about Joseph Beuys, I find his idea of the social sculpture (Soziale Plastik)  particularly interesting. It’s a term used in art history for the designation of art, which pursues the claim to have a shaping effect on society. Beuys concept of art as a practice that includes human action, trying to structure and shape society. In recent years, I worked a lot with an African colleague in Senegal. When we are there, our main interest is to talk to people and share our mutual knowledge.

Connecting people for me is the most important thing today.


// In Berlin, you offer tours on the subject of urban climate, why?

My aim is to make people politically aware of the controversal topic of urban nature and perhaps to enhance new ideas. Every present is shaped by the past, and we have a responsibility to the future.


// And how does the city wind come into play?

The climate in the city is largely determined by the air circulation.

This, in turn, is influenced by architecture. Many buildings are built without taking the context into account. However, air turbulence is caused by the interaction of all buildings. In Germany, it is not a planning obligation to consider this aspect.


// Which target group do you address with your tours?

My city tours are booked by  people from all ages and backgrounds. Of course, not all are on the same knowledge level. However, my main aim is to convey a feeling for landscape in the city and to create a possibility to get in touch with the environment.


// Where do you lead the group during the tours?

For example, through  areas that are currently still unused but soon to be developed. If we built on all these areas, we block the wind circulation, which causes the urban climate to change. I want to share a sense for these complex systems, for the many biotopes that unite in the city. Let's take all the life alone, which happens on a single tree.

Everything in the city is interconnected, we must strive towards an open, non biased  way of thinking.