Out in the quiet countryside surroundings of Eberswalder in Germany, there was a bridge that towers over the hills lifting ships from one river to another. I had to see this, following a stream of bikers whizzing past us in the same direction.

It was in a similar construction to standard iron bridges that allowed men to horizontally cross rivers. The thing in front of me looked like a suspended rooftop pool for ships to move vertically across a barrier of a 36 meter height difference.

Schiffshebewerk Niederfinow is an enormous pool on an elevator, for ships.


The of motor-cyclists that I followed were paying their homage to the powers machinery here. Some even arranged boat-rides to experience the elevator lift. It was like they were sitting in rapids ride, themed in the wilderness of constructionism.  These men and women dressed were clad what looked like spacesuits. I decided that this elevator pool is really either a members-only club for space giants, who felt more in scale here than in petit delicate German villages.

Sort of like those rooftop pools on Soho House(s)…especially on an 8th floor ex-GDR headquarter in Berlin.

Written by Lisa Ma

Lisa Ma socializes activism. Combining ethnographic research and speculative design, Lisa creates platforms of engagement from surprising insights and processes that deeply resonate with the global technological community. The emergence of clicktivism – to protest at the click of a mouse – is trivializing activism. Lisa argues that although activism doesn’t necessarily benefit from technology, we need to evolve how activism contributes to technological societies. To illustrate this, she designs dilemmas and creates social events that are perceived as activism but function as services.

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