Habitat Unit

Prof. Dr. Philipp Misselwitz, Nina Pawlicki, Florian Köhl, Christian Burkhard, Maximilian Becker

Co-producing Housing Solutions

Globally, and particularly in the global south, the majority of urban housing stock occupied by economically weak households has not been built through state programmes or formal market delivery, but by households themselves. While global policies like the new UN Sustainable Development Goals are beginning to recognise the importance of ‘inclusive, resilient and sustainable cities’, housing policies in most countries do not build on vibrant self-provisioning practices as a means to achieving them, focusing instead on centralised delivery programmes and market dynamics. How can established binaries between programmed and self- provisioned (informal) housing be overcome and new co-designing approaches be forged?

Poster_SS17_Co-producing housing solutions

The design studio will build on the urban code that was developed during a spring school in Medellín (Colombia) for the neighbourhood of Moravia. In a comparative approach we will develop the urban code for an area around Moritzplatz in Berlin. We will explore the potential of both places for affordable housing solutions following co-designing approaches and the possibility to transfer experiences across the two cities.

The studio is open to the students who participated in the Spring School in Medellín plus additional ISR students. The required PIV will be offered by the Chair of Urban Resilience and Digitalisation, Prof. Jochen Rabe. The UrbanLab Medellín|Berlin project is a project by Habitat Unit, the independent Urban Oasis initiative, Quest (Florian Köhl and Christian Burkhard) and funded by the Herrhausen Foundation.

Course Information+

Design Studio
12 ECTS + 3 ECTS (PIV)
MA UD: PJ 1-3 EP
Arch: EP Städtebau I
MA SRP: PJ 1-3

Teaching Day
Thursdays and Fridays
10am - 6pm, A 505

First meeting
April 21st, 10am, A 505

Requirement: participation in
excursion to Medellin March 2017


Nina Pawlicki

Room A 409
T + 49 – 30 – 314 – 29647
F + 49 – 30 – 314 – 21907