Habitat Unit

Seminar SoSe 2021
Prof. Dr. Philipp Misselwitz, Dr. Christian Haid, Prof. Dr. Elke Beyer

Architectures of Care
Spaces of Social Reproduction

Spatial arrangements of housing, care work and urban social infrastructure co-constitute the socio-spatial patterns of global supply chain capitalism. This seminar explores the spatial organization of care, social reproduction, and the division(s) of labour it embodies, as integral aspects of industrial and post-industrial urbanization in different geographic contexts across the planet.
Readings will introduce current debates on care economies and (spatial) divisions of labour in geography, social and architectural studies including critical queer and feminist approaches. In research-based analytical drawing or mapping projects, seminar participants are invited to explore diverse architectures and urban spatial typologies performing as infrastructures for care work and social reproduction on different scales, including trans-local practices and networks.

Architectures Of Care fin

By questioning common spatial arrangements of production and reproduction in a relational, planetary perspective, as well as underlying assumptions about race and gender, the course aims to contribute to a critical assessment of dominant architectural and urban planning principles. We encourage research into architectural and urban interventions with the potential to offer alternatives, to counter and reprogram unsustainable and injust mechanisms of exploitation, and to set care and due diligence in primary focus.

Seminar projects will include:  

- Explorative research of micro- and macro-geographies of re:productive labour/care work
- Analysis of specific typologies (architectures, urban spaces, networks) by means of architectural drawing, mapping and a final written report
- Development of visual and narrative formats (podcast) for a website presentation  
Weekly reading assignments are essential in preparation of the sessions and mandatory for all participants.

Course Information+

Seminar, 6/3 ECTS
M Arch, M Arch T, UD, SRP: WP

Teaching Day
Tuesdays, 11am-1pm

First Meeting
20 April, 2021

First assignment & Motivation letter


Prof. Dr. Elke Beyer

Room A 065

T + 49 – 30 – 314 – 22224
F + 49 – 30 – 314 – 21907

Christian Haid

Raum A 621

T + 49 – 30 – 314 – 21906
F + 49 – 30 – 314 – 21907