Immediate Shelter - Sustainable Neighborhood in Berlin, Germany

August 10 - August 12, 2016 (in NY) August 14 - August 21, 2016 (in Berlin)

Led by Kaja Kühl

Germany has taken in over 1 million refugees in 2015 primarily from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Every day another 3,000 arrive at the borders. To accommodate them, new models for temporary and permanent shelter are needed. In the city of Berlin, already experiencing a housing shortage, the large tower-in-the-park housing estates built in the second half of the 20th century provide an opportunity to rethink the terms of refugee shelters as a stepping stone to revitalized and denser neighborhoods. Using modular construction methods, city government and the public housing authorities are hoping to provide low-cost and quickly deployable solutions that are more durable than tents and containers and can become integral parts of the neighborhood in the long term. The workshop will investigate how these models could evolve over time, whether they contribute to the future development of tower-in-the park living, how modular construction methods can be used (again) to provide decent contemporary housing opportunities fast for a variety of residents and household sizes, whether additional uses should be incorporated for a successful integration of refugee populations and ultimately an upgrade of the existing tower-in-the-park neighborhood, and if the workshop could serve as a prototype for such uses that bring local residents and refugees together.

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