Habitat Unit

Prof. Dr. Philipp Misselwitz, Oliver Schetter

Home Grown, Housing Alliances in Berlin

The Urban Design Studio investigates the emerging housing shortage in Berlin triggered by demographic change and lack of appropriate policies. The studio will develop strategies that bring together both actors such as planning authorities and large housing associations, as well as emerging local actors such as grass root initiatives, residents associations or cooperatives. We will research their divergent interests and modi operandi, reasons for current lack of cooperation and the scope to forge new alliances in order to (auto)-provide affordable housing for a diverse clientele with generally limited means and resources.

The studio includes research on institutions and key actors, housing prototypes, available sites for development and their relation with the city’s spatial, functional and social fabric. The students will enact different interest groups simulating a real conflict in a “Planspiel”. This will bring the practical dimension of the political processes to the classroom and provides a link for the subsequent development of process-driven urban design proposals.

WS 1516 - Home Grown - Poster

The goal of the studio is firstly to better understand the different actors and relevant processes. Secondly to develop creative design concepts, using different tools and methods, that replace current provision-oriented approaches to housing with new forms of co-production and actor-driven planning. Thus the studio will produce a number of diverse yet in themselves complex, complete and coherent design projects.

Course Information+

Design Studio, 12 ECTS
MA UD: 1st semester students only

Teaching day
Tuesday, 9 am - 6 pm, A 202

First meeting
October 8, 2015, 9 am , A 202

Sign - up list at Habitat Unit, A 624

Final Review+

February 11, 2016
10.30 am – 6.30 pm
IfA, Halle 7

Guest Critics: TBA

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

Final Review Home Grown


Oliver Schetter 

Room A 622 
T + 49 – 30 – 314 – 21903 
F + 49 – 30 – 314 – 21907