"KW Berlin has evolved from an independent, squatted, artist run space to an established state-subsidised institution.
Off-spaces settle close to tolerance limits. Even with scarce resources they nest in unheated, damp, small, poorly lit and ventilated locations.
Usually every environmental factor has an optimal range. The closer an organism gets to its tolerance limit, the more difficult it becomes to survive. Maybe this explains, why off-spaces usually remain temporary phenomenons.
In an establishment process of off-spaces to institutions the enviromental factors improve. Enemies and competitors are eliminated. Financial and social support increase. Better spaces become affordable and better-known artists can be approached. Media coverage, invitations to lecture, or curate follow. The niche grows."