Aktuelles

Winter semester 2014/2015
The Habitat Unit announces the teaching programme for the upcoming winter semester 2014/2015. Please take account of all eligibility criteria and application deadlines as well as first teaching units.

Download the programme here

  • Global City, Local Space (Lecture series)
  • Desakota I: Urbanised Landscape (Teaching Research Project)
  • Nomad City (Design Studio)
  • Kreuzberg: Leben macht Stadt (Urban Design Studio)
  • Smart People and Urban Commoning (Seminar)
  • Understanding Urbanization (Seminar)
  • Reclaiming Heritage (Seminar)

 


Marie Huchzermeyer: Informal settlements through the lens of Henry Lefebvre’s right to the city

Urban Talks
Tuesday July 15, 2014
7 pm, Room A 052

The right to the city, both as a slogan and as a theoretical and analytical framework, has gained prominence in the Anglophone urban and development discourse over the past decade. In the first instance, ‘right to the city’ is understood to promote access by the poor to urban space and decision-making. It is undermined by forced evictions and other measures that exclude the poor from cities. Forced evictions in urban areas are increasingly linked to the pressure faced by authorities to optimize the economic functioning of cities. This presentation looks to ‘the right to the city’, as originally conceptualized by Henri Lefebvre from the late 1960s, as a lens for strategic analysis of the dynamics that lead to forced evictions, and as impetus for new strategies for rights-based movements.

Marie Huchzermeyer is a professor in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Her research has spanned Brazil, South Africa and Kenya, where she has explored questions of policy and rights as they relate to informal settlements, large-scale private rental stock and housing more broadly. She recently published ‘Cities With ‘Slums’: From Informal Settlement Eradication to a Right to the City in Africa’ (UCT Press) and ‘Tenement Cities: From 19th Century Berlin to 21st Century Nairobi’ (Africa World Press).

The lecture series "Urban Talks" is jointly organized by the Habitat Unit and the Urban Management Program at Technical University Berlin.

Institute for Architecture
TU Berlin
Strasse des 17. Juni 152
10623 Berlin

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Florian Urban:
La Perla - the planned and the unplanned city in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Brown Bag Lecture
Monday July 7, 2014
12 pm, Room A 625 

La Perla, Puerto Rico's most famous informal settlement, has existed for over a century, developing from the early 1900s outside the fortifications of San Juan’s colonial Old Town, the country’s main tourist attraction. In the 1940s and 50s La Perla was a symbol of the poverty and deprivation that scientifically informed planning under the American-led “Operation Bootstrap” attempted to remove. Since the 1970s, La Perla has been the subject of various improvement plans by the Puerto Rico Housing Department with smaller or larger participation of the community. Thus La Perla is connected with the great hopes and fears of the twentieth century: the promise of modernisation and progress and the ensuing disappointments, the limitations of top-down decision-making and expert planning, the distress of poverty and marginalization, the opportunities of self-organization and informality, and the threat of forced relocation imposed by gentrification cycles.

Florian Urban is Head of Architectural History and Urban Studies at the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow, Scotland.

Institute for Architecture
TU Berlin
Strasse des 17. Juni 152
10623 Berlin

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European DesignBuildXchange

Brown Bag Lecture
Monday June 16, 2014
12 pm, Room A 625

CoCoon and the Habitat Unit invite you to the first TU internal meeting on DesignBuild. The DesignBuildXchange platform and network, currently being developed by the EDBKN - the European Design Build Knowledge Network at the Technische Universität Berlin will be presented and discussed.

The EDBKN is a research consortium with five partners, funded by the European Union. The european dbXchange will form part of a worldwide initiative including the North-American based Design Build Exchange Network, the Seed Network and the international Live Projects Network.

Institute for Architecture
TU Berlin
Strasse des 17. Juni 152
10623 Berlin

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Histories of Development Planning Transfers 1945-1990

Friday May 23, 2014
9.00 am - 5.30 pm
Architecture Museum

On 23 May an all-day, international workshop on "Histories of Development Planning Transfers" convened by the Habitat Unit will take place in the Architecture Museum of the TU Berlin with invited guests from a diverse range of fields. The workshop is part of the preparations for a research project on the histories of East and West German development planning transfer to sub-Saharan Africa during the Cold War.

Institute for Architecture
TU Berlin
Strasse des 17. Juni 152
10623 Berlin

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Johannes Fiedler: Urbanisation, unlimited - A Thematic Journey

Urban Talks
Tuesday May 20, 2014
7 pm, Room A 052

Lecture and book preview with an introduction by Prof. Lars Lerup, Rice School of Architecture, USA

In a series of essays, the process of urbanisation – a human mega-trend acquiring unprecedented scale and speed as globalisation proceeds – is examined in the most diverse contexts and stages of development. Drawing on scientific references and identifying recurring themes like dispersion, privatisation and vitality, Fiedler devises the glossary for a cross-cultural understanding of the global urban system emerging. Images and anecdotal evidence reconnect these themes to local realities. The tone of the essays conveys a post-voluntarist attitude, derived from many years of professional experience – critical of both neoliberal practices and determinist ideas.

To “condemn the reality” of global urbanization “is fruitless”, writes Johannes Fiedler in this unlimited view of a world of constant motion, subject no longer to just its planetary rotations, but also to the constant push and pull of its various populations, some of whose giant constructions shift the earth’s axis. (From the foreword by Lars Lerup)

The lecture series "Urban Talks" is jointly organized by the Habitat Unit and the Urban Management Program at Technical University Berlin.

Institute for Architecture
TU Berlin
Strasse des 17. Juni 152
10623 Berlin

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Mahalle Meets Stadtquartier:
PhD Students Selected

Mahalle meets Stadtquartier Programme received a large number of applications for PhD fellowships. All the applications were carefully reviewed by an international selection committee consisting of leading scholars from partner cities and universities. The final list of accepted students is as follows:

Anna Kokalanova, Gizem Aksüme, Goran Erfani, Hanna Hilbrandt, Hossein Khosravi, Kristen Biehl, Kumru Çılgın, Leila Mahmoudi Farahani, Monika Alovjanovic, Razieh Rezabeighi, Sahar Khoshnood, Samineh Ansari, Shahd Wari, Sina Alayi, Urszula Wozniak, Vildan Seçkiner

Mahalle meet Stadtquartier congratulates the selected students and looks forward to a fruitful collaboration in the future. Selected students will be contacted soon and provided with necessary details.

Note: The list does not include PhD students from Morocco/Rabat, they be selected and announced later. For more details please contact our colleague: Prof. Assia Lamzah: lamzaha@hotmail.com

 


V. 'Naresh' NarasimhanFriday May 2nd, 12.30 pm

100 New Cities for India: From Manifestoes to Manifestation

Amidst a rapidly burgeoning population, the need for better economic growth and with political manifestoes all finally embracing urbanisation as an opportunity rather than a threat, the reality of a 100 new cities is upon us. Where are these cities going to be? What are the ground realities that challenge their development? And how can we best leverage and learn from existing conditions in this path to growth? At a very crucial point in time for India, the talk presents a peek into the crux of the issues we should be looking at, on what is bound to be a meteoric rise in the country's urbanisation.

Habitat Unit , Brown-Bag Lecture
Room A 625

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Summer semester 2014
The Habitat Unit announces the teaching programme for the summer semester 2014. Please take account of all eligibility criteria and application deadlines as well as first teaching units.

  • Off the Grid - An Artist's refuge in post-rural Thailand (Design studio)
  • Export/ Import, North South/ East West (Seminar)
  • Reclaiming Heritage, Haiti - Croix-Des-Bouquets (Workshop)
  • Reclaiming Heritage, Haiti - Croix-Des-Bouquets (Seminar)
  • Exclusion/ Inclusion - From theories to case study research on Roma-Settlements and back (Seminar)
  • Tehran Excursion - Community Mapping and Neighbourhood Re-generation approaches (Excursion)
  • Cairo Excursion - Formation, Deterioration, Regeneration of unplanned neighbourhoods in Cairo (Excursion)

 


Mahalle Meets Stadtquartier: 
Call for applications to attend International PhD Colloquia in Berlin, Rabat, Tehran and Istanbul

Habitat Unit, in close cooperation with the Institute for Urban and Territorial Planning, INAU (Rabat, Morocco), the University of Tehran (Tehran, Iran) and the Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts (Istanbul, Turkey) announces a call for applications for PhD fellowships. Twenty eight fellows will receive travel grants to participate in three international PhD Colloquia, held between 2014 and 2016 in the partner cities. The colloquia will consist of local field trips, lectures, PhD research presentations and discussions, leading to a final conference and book in 2016. Interested PhD Students can apply for a fellowship until April, 30th 2014.

More Information, eligibility criteria and the complete call document [pdf, 4910 KB]

 


Official launching of the Dar es Salaam Centre for Architectural Heritage - DARCH

The Habitat Unit together with the Architects Association of Tanzania and Ardhi University celebrated the official launching of the Dar es Salaam Centre for Architectural Heritage, DARCH, last week in Tanzania. The celebrations were held on the rooftop of the Old Boma, presumably Dar's oldest buildings. The Old Boma will host all activities of DARCH after extensive renovation works which will be carried out over the next months. The Tanzanian minister of Natural Resources and Tourism, Lazaro Nyalandu, as well as European Union Ambassador, Filiberto Sebregondi, addressed the invited stakeholders and the media with a speech and committed themselves to supporting the project over the years to come.

Official Launch Photos
Further Information on DARCH [pdf, 2000 KB]

 


BUILT HERITAGE, EARTHQUAKES AND INNOVATION: Potentials for Prevention, Restoration and Reconstruction after Catastrophes 

INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION

The work presented explores current architectural strategies and procedures after a catastrophic event, in particular earthquakes, which need to be able to cope with the growing cultural, historical, economic and environmental complexities. This is the result of collaborative research and teaching activities in Universities in Italy, Chile and Germany regarding emergency responses, restoration and reconstruction facing catastrophes in historic cities and heritage areas.

FORUM Exhibition Room
TU-Berlin, Architecture Building
Open from Monday, December 2nd to Friday, December 20th, 2013
Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday 9am-8pm

Partner Universities:

Politecnico di Milano, Italy
/ Dipartimento di Architettura e Planificazione

Politecnico di Torino, Italy / Dipartimento Interateneo di Scienze, Progetto e Politiche del Territorio (DIST)

Università degli Studi di Catania, Italy / Dipartimento di Architettura (DARC), SDS Architettura Siracusa

Universidad de Concepción, Chile / Facultad de Arquitectura, Urbanismo y Geografía

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile / Escuela de Arquitectura

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Award for Reclaiming Heritage project

The project Reclaiming Heritage: 'Haiti' of the Habitat Unit has been awarded a fund from SELAVIP (Servicio Latinoamericano, Africano y Asiático de Vivienda Popular) with support of the Van der Rest-Emsens Foundation, to continue its design-build activities in Haiti during 2014. Habitat Unit students and faculty will work with 30 families and their houses, destroyed by the 2010 earthquake in the area of Croix-des-Bouquets, in the periphery of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The funds cover the improvement of 30 homes and tools for building will benefit 30 families in extreme poverty.

 


Sergio Palleroni (Lecture English)

Monday November 11th, 1 pm

Sharing Good Design as Means to Creating a Movement

In recent years with the tremendous growth of interest and involvement in what is now being termed „public interest design“, there has been concurrent discussion emerging of how we set guidelines and metrics that can guarantee that the needs of clients are being truly met. „How do we know, and guarantee that the needs, desires, and involvement of clients communities in these projects are being respected, and that communities are involved in the process in a significant and fundamental way. The SEED Metric and Network has emerged in North America (and now Latin America) as an effort to address these issues and as a means to set up a means to share the best of these practices with both designers and communities. This presentation will explore the need and concept of public interest design and the SEED metric and the challenges it is attempting to address and faces now.

Sergio Palleroni is Director of the first US Center for Public Interest Design, and long time practitioner and educator in the field. He is head of the Advisory Board of the EDBKN.

Habitat Unit, Brown-Bag Lecture
Room A 072

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TIBES Scholarship granted to Habitat Unit architecture student

The Bund Deutscher Architekten BDA, Berlin awarded for the first time the TIBES Scholarship to support study projects conducted by Berlin students, graduates, and doctoral students. One of two one-year prizes was granted to Habitat Unit architecture student Carmen Gómez-Maestro for her project "Bau- und Konzeptlösungen zur Erhaltung des Erbes durch Reclaiming Materials", which she developed last year in Chanco, Chile.

The award ceremony of the BDA Emerging Talents awards and the presentation of the results of TIBES Scholarship was held on 17 October 2013 at Haus der Berliner Festspiele. Additionally an exhibition of the BDA awards "Vorbildliche junge Architektur aus Berlin" will be open at the BDA Gallerie, Mommsenstr. 64, 10629 Berlin, from October 28 to November 28, 2013.

BDA Press Release:

http://www.bda-berlin.de/aktuelles/meldungen/artikel/2013/10/16/bda-nachwuchsfoerderpreise-2013.html

 


Housing-Manufacturing-Water for the Urban Poor

(International Conference)

Thursday September 26,

4 - 6.30pm

4 - 5pm
Official welcome
Prof. Dr. em. Peter Herrle,
Habitat Unit
'Aims and Objectives of the HMW Project'

Mr. Daniel Zimmermann, DAAD
Porf. Dr. Jörg Steinbach,
President TU Berlin

5 - 5.30pm
Housing
Arch. Fernando García-Huidobro, Chile
'Specific proposals for global issues'

5.30 - 6pm
Manufacturing
Dr.-Ing. Haiko Pieplow, Bundesumweltministerium

6 - 6.30pm
Water
Dipl.-Ing. Thilo Panzerbieter, German Toilet Organization e.V.

Lecture Room A 053
Institute of Architecture (IfA) at Technische Universität Berlin
Strasse des 17. Juni 152,
10623 Berlin

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www.hmw.tu-berlin.de

 


Somsook Boonyabancha (Lecture English)

Thursday May 30, 6pm

Housing for the Urban Poor. The Impact of Local-to-Global Networks

Somsook Boonyabancha is secretary-general of the Asian Coalition for Housing Rights (ACHR) and was former Director of the Community Organizations Development Institute (CODI) in Thailand.
The lecture will be hosted by the DFG research project "Housing for the Urban Poor. From Local Action to Global Networks".

Habitat Unit
Lecture Room A 053

 


Bastian Lange (Lecture English)

Friday May 24th, 12 am

From value chains to value configuration: A spatial view in music and creative industries

Bastian Lange, Dr. phil., is an urban and economic geographer and specialised within the creative industries, questions of governance and regional development. He spearheads the research and strategic consultancy office Multiplicities-Berlin and has since been Guest Professor at the Humboldt University in Berlin between 2011 and 2012. He is particularly interested in socioeconomic transformation processes within the creative knowledge age, refining them into a useable form for the fields of politics, business and creative scenes.

Habitat Unit , Brown-Bag Lecture
Room A 064

 


Wichtige Mitteilung an alle Studenten, Freunde, Kollegen und Partner der Habitat Unit.

Im April 2013, wurde Prof. Dr. Philipp Misselwitz als neuer Leiter der Habitat Unit ernannt. Er übernahm den Lehrstuhl von Prof. Dr. Sonja Nebel die nach der Emeritierung von Prof. Dr. em. Peter Herrle im Oktober 2012 übergangsweise die Habitat Unit leitete.


Kontakt

Habitat Unit

Professor Dr. Philipp Misselwitz
A53 Habitat Unit
Fachgebiet für Internationale Urbanistik und Entwerfen
Institut für Architektur
Fakultät VI - Planen Bauen Umwelt
Technische Universität Berlin

Strasse des 17. Juni 135
10623 Berlin

Telefon +49-30-314-21908
Fax +49-30-314-21907
E-Mail habitat.unit@tu-berlin.de
www.habitat-unit.de
www.urbanmanagement.tu-berlin.de

Disclaimer

Design: Matthias Görlich


Profil und Team

Die Habitat Unit ist eine global vernetzte Forschungs- und Lehrplattform, die durch die Entwicklung von neuen Denk- und Handlungsansätzen, Expertisen und anwendungsorientierten Werkzeugen globale Urbanisierungs- und Stadttransformationsprozesse begleitet. Die Habitat Unit tritt für soziale und beteiligungsorientierte Stadtpolitik, Stadtmanagementmodelle und Planungsprozesse ein. Als Teil des Institutes für Architektur der Technischen Universität Berlin entwickelt die Habitat Unit ein erweitertes Verständnis von Architektur und Stadtplanung, das räumliche, materialbezogene und kulturelle Sensibilität mit neuen Modellen der Beteiligung, Koproduktion und urbanen Governance verbindet. Die Habitat Unit arbeitet eng mit führenden Universitäten weltweit zusammen, berät nationale und internationale Akteure der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit und repräsentiert die TU Berlin als offizieller Partner im Netzwerk Habitat Partner Universities Initiative von UN-HABITAT.

Habitat Unit Profile

 


Team

Leitung: Prof. Dr. Philipp Misselwitz
Office Manager: Franziska Berger

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter:

Dr. Paola Alfaro d´Alençon, MArch Renato d´Alençon Castrillón, Bettina Bauerfeind, Dr. Somaiyeh Falahat, Dr. Nina Gribat, Anke Hagemann, Hannes Langguth, Dr. des. Rachel Lee, Oliver Schetter, Annika Seifert, Dr. M. Reza Shirazi

Tutoren:

Mathias Burke, Eleonore Harmel, Malin Praktiknjo, Julian Wickert

Assoziierte Forschungs- und Lehrprojekte:

Dr. Elisa Bertuzzo, Josefine Fokdal, Ursula Hartig, Prof. Dr. em. Peter Herrle, Daniela Konrad, Dr. Astrid Ley, Johannes Novy Ph.D., Nina Pawlicki, Anna Wozniak

Habitat Unit Team


Lehre und Forschung

Seminar, Entwurfsstudios, Lehrforschungsprojekte, Vorträge und Exkursionen werden in folgenden Masterprogrammen angeboten:

 


Lehre Wintersemester 2014/2015

  • Global City, Local Space (Prof. Dr. Philipp Misselwitz)
  • Desakota I: Urbanised Landscape (Prof. Dr. Philipp Misselwitz, Dipl.-Ing. Hannes Langguth)
  • Nomad City (MArch Renato D’Alençon Castrillón)
  • Kreuzberg: Leben macht Stadt (Prof. Dr. Philipp Misselwitz, Dipl.-Ing. Oliver Schetter)
  • Smart People and Urban Commoning (Prof. Dr. Philipp Misselwitz in collaboration with Prof. Jörg Stollman, Prof. Dr. Angela Million, Prof. Dr. Sybille Frank)
  • Understanding Urbanization (Dr. Paola Alfaro D’Alençon)
  • Reclaiming Heritage (MArch Renato D’Alençon Castrillón)

Habitat Unit Teaching winter semester 2014/2015

 

Lehre Sommersemester 2014

  • Off the Grid - An Artist's refuge in post-rural Thailand (Prof. Dr. Philipp Misselwitz, Hannes Langguth)
  • Export/ Import, North South/ East West (Dr. des. Rachel Lee)
  • Reclaiming Heritage, Haiti - Croix-Des-Bouquets Workshop (MArch Renato D’Alençon Castrillón)
  • Reclaiming Heritage, Haiti - Croix-Des-Bouquets Seminar (MArch Renato D’Alençon Castrillón)
  • Exclusion/ Inclusion - From theories to case study research on Roma-Settlements and back (Dr. Paola Alfaro D'Alencon, Mgr. Art Michal Sladek)
  • Tehran Excursion - Community Mapping and Neighbourhood Re-generation approaches (Dr. M. Reza Shirazi)
  • Cairo Excursion - Formation, Deterioration, Regeneration of unplanned neighbourhoods in Cairo (Dr. M. Reza Shirazi)

Habitat Unit Teaching Summer 2014

 

Lehre Wintersemester 2013/2014

  • Global City, Local Space
    (Prof. Dr. Philipp Misselwitz)
  • Urban Paradigms - Readings and Debates in International Urbanism
    (Johannes Novy, Ph.D.)
  • Research Papers (Dr. M. Reza Shirazi, Dipl.-Ing. Anke Hagemann)
  • Mapping Urbanities - Understanding participation driven urban development and collective design approaches
    (Dr. Paola Alfaro D'Alencon)
  • Nomad City - Improving Ger settlements in Ulaan-Baatar, Mongolia (Prof. Dr. Philipp Misselwitz, MArch Renato D'Alencon)
  • Winter School - Revisiting Participation, Mapping Bottom-up Neighbourhood Regeneration (Dr. M. Reza Shirazi)
  • Excursion and Workshop:
    Participartory Neighbourhood (Re)development in Istanbul
    (Dr. M. Reza Shirazi)

Habitat Unit Teaching Winter 2013/2014

 

Lehre Sommersemester 2013

  • Dreams of Beyond: Revisiting the Urban Periphery of Berlin (Prof. Dr. Philipp Misselwitz, Hannes Langguth)
  • Spatial Patterns of Globalisation: Berlin as a Node of International Fashion Industries
    (Dr. Astrid Ley, Anke Hagemann)
  • HMW-Project Studio: Towards Sustainable Communities in Vitória, Brazil
    (Dr. Paola Alfaro d’Alençon, Prof. Arq. Renato D’Alençon Castrillón)
  • The Tourism (Urban) Development Nexus (Dr. Johannes Novy)

Habitat Unit Teaching Summer 2013

Lehrangebot Urban Lab SS 2013 (in Kooperation mit Habitat Unit)

  • Wer macht Stadt? Alles Aushandlungssache?
    (Dr. Paola Alfaro d’Alençon, Dr. Daniela Konrad, Bettina Bauerfeind)

http://ulab.architektur.tu-berlin.de


Laufende PhD Programme

Laufende Forschungsprojekte

  • Interdisziplinäre Forschungsplattform “Housing - Manufacturing - Water“: Verbesserung der Lebensbedingungen im Kontext städtischer Armut (2010-2013)
    Prof. Dr. Peter Herrle und Prof. Dr. Philipp Misselwitz, Dr. Paola Alfaro d’Alençon, M. Arch. Renato D’Alençon (Habitat Unit)
    Prof. Dr. Günther Seliger, Dipl.-Ing. Jens Palacios (Fachgebiet Montagetechnik und Fabrikbetrieb am Institut für Werkzeugmaschinen und Fabrikbetrieb, TU Berlin)
    Prof. Dr. Matthias Barjenbruch, Dr. Kathrin Gantner (Fachgebiet für Siedlungswasserwirtschaft, TU Berlin)
  • DARCH! Dar es Salaam Centre for Architectural Heritage (2013 - 2016)
    Prof. Dr. Philipp Misselwitz, Dipl. Arch. ETH Annika Seifert
  • International Network of Urban Laboratories - Urban Lab+ (2012-2015)
    Dr. Paola Alfaro d’Alençon, Dipl.-Ing. M.Arch Daniela Konrad (Urban Lab, TU Berlin)
    Prof. Dr. Philipp Misselwitz, Dr. Paola Alfaro d’Alençon, Dr.-Ing. Johannes Novy (Habitat Unit)

Habitat Unit Research

Laufende Forschungsprojekte unter Leitung von Prof. Dr. em. Peter Herrle

Weitere Forschungsprojekte

 


News

Winter semester 2014/2015
The Habitat Unit announces the teaching programme for the upcoming winter semester 2014/2015. Please take account of all eligibility criteria and application deadlines as well as first teaching units.

Download the programme here

  • Global City, Local Space (Lecture series)
  • Desakota I: Urbanised Landscape (Teaching Research Project)
  • Nomad City (Design Studio)
  • Kreuzberg: Leben macht Stadt (Urban Design Studio)
  • Smart People and Urban Commoning (Seminar)
  • Understanding Urbanization (Seminar)
  • Reclaiming Heritage (Seminar)

 


Marie Huchzermeyer: Informal settlements through the lens of Henry Lefebvre’s right to the city

Urban Talks
Tuesday July 15, 2014
7 pm, Room A 052

The right to the city, both as a slogan and as a theoretical and analytical framework, has gained prominence in the Anglophone urban and development discourse over the past decade. In the first instance, ‘right to the city’ is understood to promote access by the poor to urban space and decision-making. It is undermined by forced evictions and other measures that exclude the poor from cities. Forced evictions in urban areas are increasingly linked to the pressure faced by authorities to optimize the economic functioning of cities. This presentation looks to ‘the right to the city’, as originally conceptualized by Henri Lefebvre from the late 1960s, as a lens for strategic analysis of the dynamics that lead to forced evictions, and as impetus for new strategies for rights-based movements.

Marie Huchzermeyer is a professor in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Her research has spanned Brazil, South Africa and Kenya, where she has explored questions of policy and rights as they relate to informal settlements, large-scale private rental stock and housing more broadly. She recently published ‘Cities With ‘Slums’: From Informal Settlement Eradication to a Right to the City in Africa’ (UCT Press) and ‘Tenement Cities: From 19th Century Berlin to 21st Century Nairobi’ (Africa World Press).

The lecture series "Urban Talks" is jointly organized by the Habitat Unit and the Urban Management Program at Technical University Berlin.

Institute for Architecture
TU Berlin
Strasse des 17. Juni 152
10623 Berlin

Download [pdf, 4.600 KB]

 


Florian Urban:
La Perla - the planned and the unplanned city in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Brown Bag Lecture
Monday July 7, 2014
12 pm, Room A 625

La Perla, Puerto Rico's most famous informal settlement, has existed for over a century, developing from the early 1900s outside the fortifications of San Juan’s colonial Old Town, the country’s main tourist attraction. In the 1940s and 50s La Perla was a symbol of the poverty and deprivation that scientifically informed planning under the American-led “Operation Bootstrap” attempted to remove. Since the 1970s, La Perla has been the subject of various improvement plans by the Puerto Rico Housing Department with smaller or larger participation of the community. Thus La Perla is connected with the great hopes and fears of the twentieth century: the promise of modernisation and progress and the ensuing disappointments, the limitations of top-down decision-making and expert planning, the distress of poverty and marginalization, the opportunities of self-organization and informality, and the threat of forced relocation imposed by gentrification cycles.

Florian Urban is Head of Architectural History and Urban Studies at the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow, Scotland.

Institute for Architecture
TU Berlin
Strasse des 17. Juni 152
10623 Berlin

Download [pdf, 2.600 KB]

 


European DesignBuildXchange

Brown Bag Lecture
Monday June 16, 2014
12 pm, Room A 625

CoCoon and the Habitat Unit invite you to the first TU internal meeting on DesignBuild. The DesignBuildXchange platform and network, currently being developed by the EDBKN - the European Design Build Knowledge Network at the Technische Universität Berlin will be presented and discussed.

The EDBKN is a research consortium with five partners, funded by the European Union. The european dbXchange will form part of a worldwide initiative including the North-American based Design Build Exchange Network, the Seed Network and the international Live Projects Network.

Institute for Architecture
TU Berlin
Strasse des 17. Juni 152
10623 Berlin

Download [pdf, 3.400 KB]

 


Histories of Development Planning Transfers 1945-1990

Friday May 23, 2014
9.00 am - 5.30 pm
Architecture Museum

On 23 May an all-day, international workshop on "Histories of Development Planning Transfers" convened by the Habitat Unit will take place in the Architecture Museum of the TU Berlin with invited guests from a diverse range of fields. The workshop is part of the preparations for a research project on the histories of East and West German development planning transfer to sub-Saharan Africa during the Cold War.

Institute for Architecture
TU Berlin
Strasse des 17. Juni 152
10623 Berlin

Download [pdf, 2.800 KB]

 


Johannes Fiedler: Urbanisation, unlimited - A Thematic Journey

Urban Talks
Tuesday May 20, 2014
7 pm, Room A 052

Lecture and book preview with an introduction by Prof. Lars Lerup, Rice School of Architecture, USA

In a series of essays, the process of urbanisation – a human mega-trend acquiring unprecedented scale and speed as globalisation proceeds – is examined in the most diverse contexts and stages of development. Drawing on scientific references and identifying recurring themes like dispersion, privatisation and vitality, Fiedler devises the glossary for a cross-cultural understanding of the global urban system emerging. Images and anecdotal evidence reconnect these themes to local realities. The tone of the essays conveys a post-voluntarist attitude, derived from many years of professional experience – critical of both neoliberal practices and determinist ideas.

To “condemn the reality” of global urbanization “is fruitless”, writes Johannes Fiedler in this unlimited view of a world of constant motion, subject no longer to just its planetary rotations, but also to the constant push and pull of its various populations, some of whose giant constructions shift the earth’s axis. (From the foreword by Lars Lerup)

The lecture series "Urban Talks" is jointly organized by the Habitat Unit and the Urban Management Program at Technical University Berlin.

Institute for Architecture
TU Berlin
Strasse des 17. Juni 152
10623 Berlin

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Mahalle Meets Stadtquartier:
PhD Students Selected

Mahalle meets Stadtquartier Programme received a large number of applications for PhD fellowships. All the applications were carefully reviewed by an international selection committee consisting of leading scholars from partner cities and universities. The final list of accepted students is as follows:

Anna Kokalanova, Gizem Aksüme, Goran Erfani, Hanna Hilbrandt, Hossein Khosravi, Kristen Biehl, Kumru Çılgın, Leila Mahmoudi Farahani, Monika Alovjanovic, Razieh Rezabeighi, Sahar Khoshnood, Samineh Ansari, Shahd Wari, Sina Alayi, Urszula Wozniak, Vildan Seçkiner

Mahalle meet Stadtquartier congratulates the selected students and looks forward to a fruitful collaboration in the future. Selected students will be contacted soon and provided with necessary details.

Note: The list does not include PhD students from Morocco/Rabat, they be selected and announced later. For more details please contact our colleague: Prof. Assia Lamzah: lamzaha@hotmail.com

 


V. 'Naresh' Narasimhan

Friday May 2nd, 12.30 pm

100 New Cities for India: From Manifestoes to Manifestation

Amidst a rapidly burgeoning population, the need for better economic growth and with political manifestoes all finally embracing urbanisation as an opportunity rather than a threat, the reality of a 100 new cities is upon us. Where are these cities going to be? What are the ground realities that challenge their development? And how can we best leverage and learn from existing conditions in this path to growth? At a very crucial point in time for India, the talk presents a peek into the crux of the issues we should be looking at, on what is bound to be a meteoric rise in the country's urbanisation.

Habitat Unit , Brown-Bag Lecture
Room A 625

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Summer semester 2014

The Habitat Unit announces the teaching programme for the summer semester 2014. Please take account of all eligibility criteria and application deadlines as well as first teaching units.

  • Off the Grid - An Artist's refuge in post-rural Thailand (Design studio)
  • Export/ Import, North South/ East West (Seminar)
  • Reclaiming Heritage, Haiti - Croix-Des-Bouquets (Workshop)
  • Reclaiming Heritage, Haiti - Croix-Des-Bouquets (Seminar)
  • Exclusion/ Inclusion - From theories to case study research on Roma-Settlements and back (Seminar)
  • Tehran Excursion - Community Mapping and Neighbourhood Re-generation approaches (Excursion)
  • Cairo Excursion - Formation, Deterioration, Regeneration of unplanned neighbourhoods in Cairo (Excursion)

Mahalle Meets Stadtquartier: 
Call for applications to attend International PhD Colloquia in Berlin, Rabat, Tehran and Istanbul

Habitat Unit, in close cooperation with the Institute for Urban and Territorial Planning, INAU (Rabat, Morocco), the University of Tehran (Tehran, Iran) and the Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts (Istanbul, Turkey) announces a call for applications for PhD fellowships. Twenty eight fellows will receive travel grants to participate in three international PhD Colloquia, held between 2014 and 2016 in the partner cities. The colloquia will consist of local field trips, lectures, PhD research presentations and discussions, leading to a final conference and book in 2016. Interested PhD Students can apply for a fellowship until April, 30th 2014.

More Information, eligibility criteria and the complete call document [pdf, 4910 KB]

 


Official launching of the Dar es Salaam Centre for Architectural Heritage - DARCH

The Habitat Unit together with the Architects Association of Tanzania and Ardhi University celebrated the official launching of the Dar es Salaam Centre for Architectural Heritage, DARCH, last week in Tanzania. The celebrations were held on the rooftop of the Old Boma, presumably Dar's oldest buildings. The Old Boma will host all activities of DARCH after extensive renovation works which will be carried out over the next months. The Tanzanian minister of Natural Resources and Tourism, Lazaro Nyalandu, as well as European Union Ambassador, Filiberto Sebregondi, addressed the invited stakeholders and the media with a speech and committed themselves to supporting the project over the years to come.

Official Launch Photos
Further Information on DARCH [pdf, 2000 KB]

 


BUILT HERITAGE, EARTHQUAKES AND INNOVATION: Potentials for Prevention, Restoration and Reconstruction after Catastrophes 

INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION

The work presented explores current architectural strategies and procedures after a catastrophic event, in particular earthquakes, which need to be able to cope with the growing cultural, historical, economic and environmental complexities. This is the result of collaborative research and teaching activities in Universities in Italy, Chile and Germany regarding emergency responses, restoration and reconstruction facing catastrophes in historic cities and heritage areas.

FORUM Exhibition Room
TU-Berlin, Architecture Building
Open from Monday, December 2nd to Friday, December 20th, 2013
Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday 9am-8pm

Partner Universities:

Politecnico di Milano, Italy
/ Dipartimento di Architettura e Planificazione

Politecnico di Torino, Italy / Dipartimento Interateneo di Scienze, Progetto e Politiche del Territorio (DIST)

Università degli Studi di Catania, Italy / Dipartimento di Architettura (DARC), SDS Architettura Siracusa

Universidad de Concepción, Chile / Facultad de Arquitectura, Urbanismo y Geografía

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile / Escuela de Arquitectura

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Award for Reclaiming Heritage project

The project Reclaiming Heritage: 'Haiti' of the Habitat Unit has been awarded a fund from SELAVIP (Servicio Latinoamericano, Africano y Asiático de Vivienda Popular) with support of the Van der Rest-Emsens Foundation, to continue its design-build activities in Haiti during 2014. Habitat Unit students and faculty will work with 30 families and their houses, destroyed by the 2010 earthquake in the area of Croix-des-Bouquets, in the periphery of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The funds cover the improvement of 30 homes and tools for building will benefit 30 families in extreme poverty.

 


Sergio Palleroni (Lecture English)

Monday November 11th, 1 pm

Sharing Good Design as Means to Creating a Movement

In recent years with the tremendous growth of interest and involvement in what is now being termed „public interest design“, there has been concurrent discussion emerging of how we set guidelines and metrics that can guarantee that the needs of clients are being truly met. „How do we know, and guarantee that the needs, desires, and involvement of clients communities in these projects are being respected, and that communities are involved in the process in a significant and fundamental way. The SEED Metric and Network has emerged in North America (and now Latin America) as an effort to address these issues and as a means to set up a means to share the best of these practices with both designers and communities. This presentation will explore the need and concept of public interest design and the SEED metric and the challenges it is attempting to address and faces now.

Sergio Palleroni is Director of the first US Center for Public Interest Design, and long time practitioner and educator in the field. He is head of the Advisory Board of the EDBKN.

Habitat Unit, Brown-Bag Lecture
Room A 072

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TIBES Scholarship granted to Habitat Unit architecture student

The Bund Deutscher Architekten BDA, Berlin awarded for the first time the TIBES Scholarship to support study projects conducted by Berlin students, graduates, and doctoral students. One of two one-year prizes was granted to Habitat Unit architecture student Carmen Gómez-Maestro for her project "Bau- und Konzeptlösungen zur Erhaltung des Erbes durch Reclaiming Materials", which she developed last year in Chanco, Chile.

The award ceremony of the BDA Emerging Talents awards and the presentation of the results of TIBES Scholarship was held on 17 October 2013 at Haus der Berliner Festspiele. Additionally an exhibition of the BDA awards "Vorbildliche junge Architektur aus Berlin" will be open at the BDA Gallerie, Mommsenstr. 64, 10629 Berlin, from October 28 to November 28, 2013.

BDA Press Release:

http://www.bda-berlin.de/aktuelles/meldungen/artikel/2013/10/16/bda-nachwuchsfoerderpreise-2013.html

 


Housing-Manufacturing-Water for the Urban Poor

(International Conference)

Thursday September 26,

4 - 6.30pm

4 - 5pm
Official welcome
Prof. Dr. em. Peter Herrle,
Habitat Unit
'Aims and Objectives of the HMW Project'

Mr. Daniel Zimmermann, DAAD
Porf. Dr. Jörg Steinbach,
President TU Berlin

5 - 5.30pm
Housing
Arch. Fernando García-Huidobro, Chile
'Specific proposals for global issues'

5.30 - 6pm
Manufacturing
Dr.-Ing. Haiko Pieplow, Bundesumweltministerium

6 - 6.30pm
Water
Dipl.-Ing. Thilo Panzerbieter, German Toilet Organization e.V.

Lecture Room A 053
Institute of Architecture (IfA) at Technische Universität Berlin
Strasse des 17. Juni 152,
10623 Berlin

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www.hmw.tu-berlin.de

 


Somsook Boonyabancha (Lecture English)

Thursday May 30, 6pm

Housing for the Urban Poor. The Impact of Local-to-Global Networks

Somsook Boonyabancha is secretary-general of the Asian Coalition for Housing Rights (ACHR) and was former Director of the Community Organizations Development Institute (CODI) in Thailand.
The lecture will be hosted by the DFG research project "Housing for the Urban Poor. From Local Action to Global Networks".

Habitat Unit
Lecture Room A 053

 


Bastian Lange (Lecture English)

Friday May 24th, 12 am

From value chains to value configuration: A spatial view in music and creative industries

Bastian Lange, Dr. phil., is an urban and economic geographer and specialised within the creative industries, questions of governance and regional development. He spearheads the research and strategic consultancy office Multiplicities-Berlin and has since been Guest Professor at the Humboldt University in Berlin between 2011 and 2012. He is particularly interested in socioeconomic transformation processes within the creative knowledge age, refining them into a useable form for the fields of politics, business and creative scenes.

Habitat Unit , Brown-Bag Lecture
Room A 064

 


Important notice to all students, friends, colleagues and partners of the Habitat Unit:

From April 2013, Prof. Dr. Philipp Misselwitz has been appointed as the new Chair of the Habitat Unit. He has taken over from Prof. Dr. Sonja Nebel who acted as an interim Chair after the retirement of Prof. Dr. em. Peter Herrle in October 2012. 


Contact

Habitat Unit

Professor Dr. Philipp Misselwitz
Chair of International Urbanism and Design
A53 Habitat Unit
Department of Architecture
School VI Planning Building Environment
Technische Universität Berlin

Strasse des 17. Juni 135
10623 Berlin
Germany

Phone +49-30-314-21908
Fax +49-30-314-21907
E-Mail habitat.unit@tu-berlin.de
www.habitat-unit.de
www.urbanmanagement.tu-berlin.de

Disclaimer

Design: Matthias Görlich


Profile and Team

The Habitat Unit is a globally networked research and teaching centre developing new approaches, expertise and application-oriented tools relevant for global urbanisation and urban change processes. The Habitat Unit is committed to an inclusive and rights based approach to urban policy, urban management as well as development-oriented and actor-driven planning. Based at the School of Architecture at the Technische Universität Berlin, the Habitat Unit promotes an extended understanding of urban and architectural design, which integrates spatial, material and cultural sensitivities with new models of participation, co-production and urban governance. The Habitat Unit collaborates closely with leading universities worldwide, advises national and global development agencies and represents the TU Berlin as official partner in the Habitat Partner Universities Initiative established by the United Nations Center for Human Settlements (UN HABITAT).

Habitat Unit Profile

 


Team

Chair: Prof. Dr. Philipp Misselwitz
Office Manager: Franziska Berger

Researchers:

Dr. Paola Alfaro d´Alençon, MArch Renato d´Alençon Castrillón, Bettina Bauerfeind, Dr. Somaiyeh Falahat,  Dr. Nina Gribat, Anke Hagemann, Hannes Langguth, Dr. des. Rachel Lee, Oliver Schetter, Annika Seifert, Dr. M. Reza Shirazi

Student assistants:

Mathias Burke, Eleonore Harmel, Malin Praktiknjo, Julian Wickert

Associated projects in research and teaching:

Dr. Elisa Bertuzzo, Josefine Fokdal, Ursula Hartig, Prof. Dr. em. Peter Herrle, Daniela Konrad, Dr. Astrid Ley, Johannes Novy Ph.D., Nina Pawlicki, Anna Wozniak

Habitat Unit Team


Teaching and Research

Seminars, studios, lectures and study trips are offered for students from the following Master programs:

 


Teaching programme winter semester 2014/2015

  • Global City, Local Space (Prof. Dr. Philipp Misselwitz)
  • Desakota I: Urbanised Landscape (Prof. Dr. Philipp Misselwitz, Dipl.-Ing. Hannes Langguth)
  • Nomad City (MArch Renato D’Alençon Castrillón)
  • Kreuzberg: Leben macht Stadt (Prof. Dr. Philipp Misselwitz, Dipl.-Ing. Oliver Schetter)
  • Smart People and Urban Commoning (Prof. Dr. Philipp Misselwitz in collaboration with Prof. Jörg Stollman, Prof. Dr. Angela Million, Prof. Dr. Sybille Frank)
  • Understanding Urbanization (Dr. Paola Alfaro D’Alençon)
  • Reclaiming Heritage (MArch Renato D’Alençon Castrillón)

Habitat Unit Teaching winter semester 2014/2015

 

Teaching programme summer semester 2014

  • Off the Grid - An Artist's refuge in post-rural Thailand (Prof. Dr. Philipp Misselwitz, Hannes Langguth)
  • Export/ Import, North South/ East West (Dr. des. Rachel Lee)
  • Reclaiming Heritage, Haiti - Croix-Des-Bouquets Workshop (MArch Renato D’Alençon Castrillón)
  • Reclaiming Heritage, Haiti - Croix-Des-Bouquets Seminar (MArch Renato D’Alençon Castrillón)
  • Exclusion/ Inclusion - From theories to case study research on Roma-Settlements and back (Dr. Paola Alfaro D'Alencon, Mgr. Art Michal Sladek)
  • Tehran Excursion - Community Mapping and Neighbourhood Re-generation approaches (Dr. M. Reza Shirazi)
  • Cairo Excursion - Formation, Deterioration, Regeneration of unplanned neighbourhoods in Cairo (Dr. M. Reza Shirazi)

Habitat Unit Teaching Summer 2014

 

Teaching programme winter semester 2013/2014

  • Global City, Local Space
    (Prof. Dr. Philipp Misselwitz)
  • Urban Paradigms - Readings and Debates in International Urbanism
    (Johannes Novy, Ph.D.)
  • Research Papers (Dr. M. Reza Shirazi, Dipl.-Ing. Anke Hagemann)
  • Mapping Urbanities - Understanding participation driven urban development and collective design approaches
    (Dr. Paola Alfaro D'Alencon)
  • Nomad City - Improving Ger settlements in Ulaan-Baatar, Mongolia (Prof. Dr. Philipp Misselwitz, MArch Renato D'Alencon)
  • Winter School - Revisiting Participation, Mapping Bottom-up Neighbourhood Regeneration (Dr. M. Reza Shirazi)
  • Excursion and Workshop:
    Participartory Neighbourhood (Re)development in Istanbul
    (Dr. M. Reza Shirazi)

Habitat Unit Teaching Winter 2013/2014

 

Teaching programme summer semester 2013

  • Dreams of Beyond: Revisiting the Urban Periphery of Berlin (Prof. Dr. Philipp Misselwitz, Hannes Langguth)
  • Spatial Patterns of Globalisation: Berlin as a Node of International Fashion Industries
    (Dr. Astrid Ley, Anke Hagemann)
  • HMW-Project Studio: Towards Sustainable Communities in Vitória, Brazil
    (Dr. Paola Alfaro d’Alençon, Prof. Arq. Renato D’Alençon Castrillón)
  • The Tourism (Urban) Development Nexus (Dr. Johannes Novy)

Habitat Unit Teaching Summer 2013

Teaching programme at Urban Lab SS 2013 (in cooperation with Habitat Unit)

  • Wer macht Stadt? Alles Aushandlungssache?
    (Dr. Paola Alfaro d’Alençon, Dr. Daniela Konrad, Bettina Bauerfeind)

http://ulab.architektur.tu-berlin.de


Current PhD programmes

Current research projects

  • Interdisciplinary research platform “Housing - Manufacturing - Water“: Improving the living conditions of the urban poor (2010-2013)
    Prof. Dr. Peter Herrle und Prof. Dr. Philipp Misselwitz, Dr. Paola Alfaro d’Alençon, M. Arch. Renato D’Alençon (Habitat Unit)
    Prof. Dr. Günther Seliger, Dipl.-Ing. Jens Palacios (Chair of Assembly Technology and Factory Management, TU Berlin)
    Prof. Dr. Matthias Barjenbruch, Dr. Kathrin Gantner (Chair of Urban Water Management, TU Berlin)
  • DARCH! Dar es Salaam Centre for Architectural Heritage (2013 - 2016)
    Prof. Dr. Philipp Misselwitz, Dipl. Arch. ETH Annika Seifert
  • International Network of Urban Laboratories - Urban Lab+ (2012-2015)
    Dr. Paola Alfaro d’Alençon, Dipl.-Ing. M.Arch Daniela Konrad (Urban Lab, TU Berlin)
    Prof. Dr. Philipp Misselwitz, Dr. Paola Alfaro d’Alençon, Dr.-Ing. Johannes Novy (Habitat Unit)

Habitat Unit Research

Current research projects directed by Prof. Dr. em. Peter Herrle

Additional research projects

Habitat Unit

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