Pro qm was founded in 1999 by Jesko Fezer, Katja Reichard and Axel John Wieder in Berlin-Mitte as a thematic bookstore. The thematic emphasis lies on the city and its links to politics, pop-culture, economic critique, architecture, design, art and the bordering theories. The bookstore is part of an interdisciplinary project that consists of frequently organized events (on locations with Thomas Meinecke, Bernhard Willhelm, Heinz Emigholz, Jutta Koether, Hartmut Haeussermann, Regina Bittner, Wolfgang Kil, Jonas Geist, Sabeth Buchmann, Mark E. Smith, Michael Clark, Bruce LaBruce among others) as well as exhibitions and conferences.
Our all-time favorite is Temporary Spaces by Martin Eberle and Heinrich Dubel (2001), which captures the spirit of Berlin in the 90s like no other book. And the latest big hit with our costumers was undoubtedly Neubau Welt by Stefan Gandl / Neubau (2005).
New Location 2007
From February 2007, the bookstore has moved to the new location at Almstadtstraße 48-50, situated very close to Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz – a neighborhood known for the Volksbühne Theater, small fashion shops, restaurants and galleries. The building in which the new store is located in dates back to the late 1920s and was designed by the office of expressionist architect Hans Poelzig. The furnishings in the newly designed store have been designed and conceived by ifau and Jesko Fever Architects, offering an open space for new ideas, discussion and movement.