Follow the concrete path through the trees or step down the scaffolding staircase that brings you two stories below street level, and the Learnscapes of the Floating unfold in front of you. 

Learnscapes is what we entitle the floating landscape of knowledge production, of knowing and being  and processes of un-, re-, and co-learning, of working and thinking collectively within the site of the rainwater retention basin in Berlin Kreuzberg. 

Here we learn from our presence inside an engineered infrastructure, where toxic rainwater, mud, algae, reeds, frogs, birds and foxes create a unique ecosystem. Here we encourage non-disciplinary learning formats and radical, experimental approaches in dialogue with the complexity of our surroundings.  

Floating University offers a broad variety of public programs exploring the urban territory including questions of climate responsibility, urban practice and spatial literacy as well as creating a base on which we can learn how to embrace, engage with and navigate the complex entanglements of urbanity, while imagining and creating different forms of living together as humans and with more than human entities. 

The Floating Learnscapes programme extends these ongoings through two extra academic perspectives: 

  • Free Radicals support system
  • Academic Beach resort.




The open call for Free Radicals is especially directed towards self-organized, “teacher-less”, co-learning groups (affiliated with or without a university), who wish to follow their own interests and are ready to research outside the walls and restrictions of the institution. 

We offer the whole site of the floating for self-organized, co-learning and site sensitive processes during Spring and Summer of 2021. 

Proposals from all fields and disciplines are supported, however projects featuring interdisciplinary practices and practice-based research that engage with pressing matters of this moment in time (such as the notions of human and more than human ecologies, environmental humanities, experimental living forms and systems, political and social engagement that promotes care for ourselves and our surroundings) are strongly encouraged.  

The application deadline for this open call is set on the 24th of March 2021, and selected projects will be published in the first weeks of April. For more details check the free radicals application dossier.



Building on Floating University’s various international collaborations with more than twenty universities in 2018, we now invite teachers with students –or students with teachers– faculties and seminars again to shape and inseminate the Floating Learnscapes for a concentrated time of two months in September and October 2021

Groups from all possible academic fields are invited to relocate with their own curriculum to the site of the Floating University to stay and exercise their academic programme here. We would like to see students from all kinds of disciplines exchanging, researching and building sandcastles simultaneously in our inner city offshore campus. We would like to see them reflecting on subjects that matter in an urbanity of continuous transformation. With the seminars, courses and programmes, formats and topics brought along, we hope to expand our learnscapes’ horizon. They might range from critical research, questions of social, architectural, urban and environmental concerns and designs, to the making of a functioning of spaces for learning, communication, commoning and a self-organized civil society. 

During the two intensive months you (see above) can come and stay as long as you want. We provide space without walls and rituals of encounter, of sociability, of dialogue and exchange, an open, hybrid, reflective and practice driven cross-pollination atmosphere. Cooperation across disciplines, institutions and territories are encouraged and supported. This means we are happy if you aim to work with people, who look at the world from a different professional angle or spirit. The idea of course is that you inhale the atmosphere here in the floating and keep breathing this spirit throughout your coming semester. We will also ask you for some feedback on this mechanism later.

The Floating Learnscapes will be prepared, hosted and moderated by Floating e.V., a self-organized association, with practitioners from a wide range of backgrounds. We meet to collaborate, co-create and work towards imaginative futures. We offer a lot in space, inspiration and infrastructure, but no overnight stay. You will have to cover all your costs yourself and you are invited to share what you have (donations from wealthier universities are very welcome). We expect you to be very self-organised and independent; to cook for yourselves and others, clean your dishes, remove your trash and stay open for collaborations and visitors from other planets.

Floating Learnscapes will take place throughout September and October 2021.
For more information, see the learnscapes dossier
or contact learnscapes@floating-berlin.de.


See our academic collaborations of 2018

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