On the penultimate Saturday of this summer, Floating Berlin opens its doors once again and invites guests, members and friends to participate in a series of activities, workshops, readings and performances.

As you walk down the concrete path, a view of the marshy terrain of the rainwater retention basin reveals itself. A variety of animals, plants and algae have settled here. Together with the temporary architectures of the Floating, a unique landscape has emerged: a man-made infrastructure, reclaimed by nature and at the same time a nature-culture site for learning and experimenting that needs constant care.

On the “Day of Waste,” we focus on one of our favourite topics: waste, wastewater, material cycles, and food scraps and their abundant potential. Together, we’re rethinking “Waste.”

No registration necessary.





All about weeds: printing with weeds and mixing unique Floating seed balls

2:00 – 6:00 pm

The land of the rainwater basin and garden allotments is a pocket of biodiversity: several plant and insect species live here that once have been part of the weed scape in the neighborhood and nearby park Hasenheide. Now, several of those species can’t be found there anymore. We’ll have a closer look at the weeds growing around the basin and insect species feeding on their flowers, raising biodiversity in an urban context.

Location: in front of the Urban Forest

with Ute Lindenbeck, Jade Dreyfuss and the Floating Garden group


Solidary coexistence – Nesting spaces

(building workshop for all ages)

2 pm – 6 pm

Wood, clay, bricks, straw or reeds: with various leftover materials from the floating we will create nesting and winter quarters for insects and other species and explore new forms and shapes of habitats.

Part of “Living together in solidarity in the urban transformation process” – Initiative DRRAUSSENSTADT, funded by Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa sowie der Stiftung Weiterbildung und Kulturberatung

Ort : Workshop

with Paula Schinkel & Lorenz Kuschnig-Lefort



Poops with hooops – Reading Room

2:00 – 3.30 pm

hooops collective is hosting a reading room full of texts about shit, manure, biological waste and humusities. Is it waste or is it transforming matter? Is it toxic or a garden blessing? Maybe all of this, we will attempt to navigate in this reading session. We will try to fathom these multi-layered topics in this collective reading.

Location: Auditorium

with hooops 


NOWHERE KITCHEN: Reste-Koch-Performance

2:00 – 5:00 pm

A cooking performance / workshop with leftovers 

Please bring leftovers from your kitchen- we will cook with them!

Location: Hay Kino + Floating

with Pepe Dayaw (Sari-Sari)


Cooking colours – Natural dying workshop

2:00 – 5:00 pm

Using the leftovers of the kitchen, we will cook colors ! Learning the processes of extraction of colors from plants, and the shibori technique to dye with patterns, we will reveal the most vibrant and unexpected colors from what is mistakenly considered as waste. A collective process will allow us to create a big and colored patchwork tablecloth for the evening dinner. 

Location: Kitchen

with Garance Maurer



waste collectIVE strategies 

prototyping for a waste-free natureculture learning site – collaborative wall of ideas and construction of “waste-catchers”

3:00 – 6:00 pm

Through the long tunnel from Tempelhofer Feld, the rain often washes a wide variety of trash into the rainwater retention basin of the Floating. On the Day of Waste we ask ourselves the question: How can Floating’s flotsam be filtered out and collected before it spreads into the flora and fauna of the basin? 

In our collective workshop we will first develop possible solutions for waste collection on a wall of ideas. Could a dam or a big fishing net in front of the tunnel help? 

Afterwards we will get our hands dirty, tinker, build prototypes of the solutions and try them out. Creative minds welcome!

Location: Sportshall

With Büro für Nachbarschaftliche netzwerke and Silja Teresa Huppertz


Wasteland Talk

7:00 pm

At the end of the day of waste & water, we will take a new look at the Floating University : zooming out to understand the bigger cycle of water in Berlin and the role and position of the rainwater retention pond at the city scale.  

Together with Phd student Hugo Maurer (Marseille, France) we will be exploring the notions of territorial circular economy and the potentials of contaminated materials making the site of Floating, while drawing parallels with  the rehabilitation of polluted urban sites in Marseille. 

Come walk & talk with us around these notions !

with Hugo Maurer and Jeanne Astrup-Chauvaux (Floating e.V)


Wasted Energy

8:00 – 9:00 pm

It’s a playful thought about where we get energy from and how we waste energy in terms of cooking fancy dinners. We will prepare food for 50 people serving it on a buffet with dyed tablecloths from vegetable waste – it will be fancy anyways. The food will be cooked with vegetables that don’t need much water or energy like transportation or petrol or packaging, for example potatoes, onions & beetroot. 

No registration needed.

Location: Kitchen + Platform

with TDD & Eliza Chojnacka

What A Waste – Film Screening

9:00 – 22:30 pm

Overflowing, mountainous, ever-growing, indestructible. Waste is all around us, we create it and eventually it might consume us. What wasted potential, such a shame, it could have been so nice. 

This screening brings together a number of video and film works which frame waste head on, or take a roundabout route into a different interpretation. What a waste.

Location: Hay Kino

with Raul Walch & friends






The bar of waste and water will be open all day during the Kultursommer event at Floating University. Please don’t get too wasted.