University of Technology, Sydney
22 – 26 June 2015
The studio explored speculative conditions for minimal living beyond functional and technical issues and limitations. It looked at inhabitation/dwelling as a psychological desire and state, and use this concept to trigger a design process addressing basic needs that go beyond the notion of ‘shelter’. The main focus was the situation of refugees as one of the major global challenges today.
During the week in Berlin, the studio collaborated with "Gärtnerei", a refugee project located on a former cemetery close to the former Tempelhof airport, initiated by the cultural centre Schlesische 27 and raumlaborberlin. With a view on the situation of the refugees the participants developed minimal "living situations". The subjective and individual visions, gained from the conversation with the refugees, provided a basis to develop a narrative architecture: not necessarily a functional design, but a physical experience, as a ground for further discussion.
Studio coordinators: Thea Brejzek, University of Technology, Sydney, Christof Mayer, raumlaborberlin