Site-occupation in Frankfurt: tree houses for the accommodation of a different kind

The evening has seen Alex a hedgehog. She finds it "cool", as it is versatile nature is here. Now she sits in grey hooded sweatshirt, green cloth in front of

Site-occupation in Frankfurt: tree houses for the accommodation of a different kind

The evening has seen Alex a hedgehog. She finds it "cool", as it is versatile nature is here. Now she sits in grey hooded sweatshirt, green cloth in front of the face, behind a folding table in the garden between the Günthersburgpark and the Friedberger landstraße in Frankfurt-Nordend to the soft part of the residential project günther courtyards. A Transparent cover their legs: "We are green, what are you?"

Rainer Schulze

editor in the Rhein-Main-Zeitung.

F. A. Z.

Alex, Lobster, Johanna – more than a first name and pseudonyms, the young people do not want to give of yourself, have anchored in the past three weeks, up to ten platforms and tree houses in the trees. About ten feet above the earth. Some tree houses are wearing a name: the hobgoblin's Klaus, the pirate cat, Ernie, and Henri. There, you want to set it up at home. Some of the huts are to be insulated and Gas - or wood-fired ovens heated. Solar panels provide electricity. The water you take from the terminals of the Garden plot, in consultation with the tenants.

On an impromptu press conference under the spruce trees, the majority explain Lich young people, why are you here: "The Area is occupied. We want to put the pressure on and not go voluntarily,“ says one, who introduces himself as a Lobster. He does not live in one of the tree houses, but to the South of Frankfurt and one of the supporters circle of the action. The tamper to prevent the construction of the günther courtyards – and the green party base, strengthen the back. The had ensured that the years of the Green mitbeschlossene construction has been halted for the time being. In exploratory talks, the parties will explore how it is to proceed with the project after the municipal elections, and more. The Greens want that only the already sealed areas built on the edge of the garden and the tamper want. You can bet on the fact that there is only "affordable" arise apartments and the gardens remain.

"The body will get used to it"

Some of them have experience with the Occupy forests. They were then röder forest or in the hambach forest in the process. There you will have learned not only to build structures in trees, to establish a stable node and to climb nimbly. In the Winter, you could endure there, they say. Alex and Johanna have stayed at minus 20 degrees in the woods. "The body will get used to it," says Alex. It is important to stay in motion. And at night you can pull out two sleeping bags on top of each other.

Wallpapers-distance line-up with tree houses : as a Protest against housing project günther castle

The occupiers are financed through donations. It's hard to say how many there are. To detect only a dozen or so is that the squatters even talk of a two-digit number. The largest platform was built with the help of a long tree trunks, the cars were delivered with a load from the Odenwald face. "I have a source," said Hummer. The platforms were built on parcels for which the tenant agreed to it. The tamper is a bet that the leisure gardeners to Express our solidarity with them, because they are fighting for the same goal: the preservation of the "Green lung" of the Annex referred to. Initiatives such as Fridays for Future and the campaign "Green lung remains – or Schiphol stop!" in support of the action. Their spokesman Alexis Passadakis says that in the consultations about the future of the project will be decided. "Then it could go quickly."

But that is not to be expected. Until it comes, if at all, to a building in the area, can take many years. There is not yet a legally binding land-use plan. It could be by then boring, don't fear the tamper. "Time is working for us. We create structures and to realize our project,“ said Hummer. Because the tamper understand their action as a kind of alternative, self-managed housing project. "We want to live here permanently, as an alternative living space," says one, who introduces himself as Johanna. And Lobster adds: "We create the space we want."

Updated Date: 31 March 2021, 21:19

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