DIE GROSSE TRANSFORMATION
By 2050, 70% of the world’s population is likely to live in citylike concentrations. This rapid
urbanization process threatens natural resources, causes climate gases and poses a great risk to the global ecological and social balance.
During the Summer Semester 2018 the former rainwater retention basin close to the former Tempelhofer Airfield in Berlin will host the “Floating University Berlin” (FUB), initiated by raumlabor Berlin with support from the Kulturstiftung des Bundes. The Habitat Unit will be one of 20 international architecture and urban design think tanks from Europe, the United States, and South America, to activate FUB as their temporary satellite campus. To address the challenges of global sustainability outlined above, the Habitat Unit will use the FUB as an experimental site for a radical institutional experiment: Students will identify and analyse key actors from the surrounding neighbourhood and connect them with local and international experts in the field of urban climate change, sustainable resource management, including water, energy and food. By connecting local transformation knowledge and endogeneous everyday know-how with international expert knowledge and artistic practices students will design transdisciplinary “transformation-to-sustainability modules” of a new “urban university”.
The “urban university” will be tested as a think-and-docampus during a two-week-long summer school in July 2018. Here, design studio participants will act as mediators, teachers and organisers of in-situ neighbourhood interventions co- designed with local actors and inter- national experts. The “urban university” thus understands itself as transdisciplinary institution – a place for critical reflection and design of new approaches to transdisciplinary teaching, research and action – based on the belief in co-productive approaches to actively shape social and environmental change.