Urban Conflicts in Housing Construction

ASL Master Studio


Prof. Dr. Gabu Heindl; WM Florine Schüschke and Iva Marčetić

Thursdays 14:00

Eligible for Modules: PRO-2.1-30, PRO-2.0-01, PRO-2.0-02 and PRO-2.0-03 

A Cooperation of: Department of Building Economics and Project Development “Architecture Cities Economies”, Prof. Dr. Gabu Heindl (University of Kassel) / Chair for Urban Design and Urbanization (CUD), Prof. Jörg Stöllmann (TU Berlin) / Department of Urban Development, Dr. Dagmar Pelger (Berlin University of the Arts)

What are strategies towards social-ecological constructions that aim for common welfare, are socially and climate-friendly and are changing production and living methods towards more justice and away from wasting resources?

Together we examine 3 case studies of new residential construction projects currently being planned in Berlin. In cooperation with various actors in Berlin's city administration we look at the urban, programmatic and systemic aspects of these three development projects.

This understanding of these planning processes, which are subject to political, economic, social and planning law conditions, is to be linked to the question of how and whether social-ecological housing can be implemented within the existing conditions and what means exist to integrate spaces for marginalized groups into urban planning concepts. The results can be elaborated in different forms such as urban studies, urban regulations and concepts for urban contracts as much as in architectural designs or open space designs.

The aim of the studio is to use these urban development projects in Berlin to convey the range of tasks and planning tools in the field of residential construction and project development. We will question them with regard to their usefulness for urban development with regard to a social-ecological transformation of city development.

The three case studies in Berlin differ in terms of their location (center, ring, periphery), their planning status, ownership structures, and the role of the respective cooperation partners in the planning process. What are the tools for implementing and permanently securing affordable housing and quality of public space on these plots of land?

  •  What can be changed SPATIALLY?
  • What can be changed PROGRAMMATICALLY?
  • Which project development TOOLS are available?

The project takes place in cooperation with TU Berlin and UdK Berlin, the architectural firms and Berlin city administration, which develop the projects or write the framework plans for these properties. Students will gain a deep understanding of planning processes, and the potentials and limitations of the individual tools which are to be examined.

In joint discussion formats and based on the student projects we will speculate on how these tools or the legal structure on which they are based would have to be adapted or changed, or to what extent new tools would have to and could be envisaged.