Habitat Unit

Seminar WS 2021/2022
Prof. Anke Hagemann, Prof. Dr. Elke Beyer, Dr. Juliana Canedo

Collaborative Design in the Transformative City

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Cities are spaces for encounters and exchange, but also of conflict and confrontation between multiple and diverse actors, forms of living and dwelling. They are collectively produced and in constant transformation – a fact, which has been accelerated by the impacts of climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic, global economic crises, just to name a few examples. However, these recent phenomena do not affect cities equally, nor do they affect the citizens of one city in the same manner. In fact, they have made more visible the existing disparities between cities and inhabitants around the world. In this context of unevenness, certain solutions emerge in the more vulnerable global periphery as a reflection of social struggles and as forms of resistance in the fight for the right to the city.

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This Seminar will focus on collaborative design approaches and collective experiences in the peripheries of both Brazil and Germany. In it, it will be presented to the students case studies centered on housing, shelter and culture, all of which have, besides the city-building professionals, civil society as one of their key actors. The course will focus on exploring the theoretical and methodological background to collaborative design in spaces made by and/or for vulnerable and excluded communities – defined here as “rejected spatialities”. With this, we aim at developing a critical understanding of the integrative and co-productive role architects, planners and designers should have in these spaces. In order to achieve this critical understanding, the seminar proposes to rethink the tools, methods and general training of these professionals. The participants will be encouraged to investigate hybrid tools, which incorporate both digital and on on-site activities, and navigate between multiscalar processes that go from the specificities of local contexts to an international global network.
The Seminar will be developed in connection with the Alumni Workshop “Collaborative Production of Transformation Knowledge in Self-Organized Occupations”, which will happen in a hybrid format (partially online and partially on site in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). It is also connected to the research projects “Beyond the Shelter: Limits and Potentialities between Emergence and Endurance in Refugee Shelters in Berlin” (Habitat Unit – TU Berlin/DFG) and “Temporary and Tactical Urbanism as 21st Century Urban Planning Trends” (CMS – TU Berlin/AvH/CAPES).

Photo: © Juliana Canedo

Course Information+

Seminar, 3-6 ECTS

Teaching day
Mondays, 12 - 2 pm, A606

First meeting
November 1st, 2021

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Dr. Juliana Canedo

Dr. Claudia Seldin
Center for Metropolitan Studies
TU Berlin
Hardenbergstraße 16-18
HBS-6, Room 116
10623 Berlin