Just Living: Housing Models for the Future


An Enquiry Programme examining new typologies, densification and social inclusion in housing

Housing is probably the most ancient task of architecture. Standard housing typologies were designed around socio-demographic narratives, which today are out of date. People are living longer, in broad-ranging and fluid household constellations, combining work and home, increasingly in more than one city and country, and mainly in urban contexts be that by choice or by default.

Today’s cities, however, probably more than ever face challenges to transform from a socially conscious standpoint. The issue is thus to rethink the old housing typologies, regarding shared spatial and functional requirements, and social potential, to encourage an approach based on shared spatial requirements, rather than socio-demographic profile. This is not only about the pragmatic benefits of space-sharing, but also about the socio-political potential for the city and its society of diverse urban inhabitants brought closer together.

How can concepts and new models for high urban quality, integrative, social, inter-generational and co-produced housing typologies be developed? What is the new density of today? What does the urban fabric of the future look like? How can we adapt the configuration of historic developments to make them work today and tomorrow?

BUILDING COMMUNITIES – A Danish-German Laboratory for Housing
Lab Talk: 11 November 2021, Video Recording

Open Architecture: Migration, Citizenship, and the Urban Renewal of Berlin-Kreuzberg by IBA 1984/87 with Esra Akcan, Cornell University, Ithaca/NY
Lecture: 12 August 2019

University of Melbourne: Unliveable Berlin – Experimental Housing Projects
University Design Studio: 12–23 August 2019

Vielfalt mit System. Wohnformen für eine nachhaltige Stadtentwicklung with WBM Wohnungsbaugesellschaft Berlin-Mitte
Symposium: 22 May 2019.Video Recording

Manchester School of Architecture, TU Brauschweig and Universidad Diego Portales: Living on Top of Tempelhof
University Design Studio: 1–8 October 2018

University of Melbourne: Unliveable Berlin – Housing for Inclusion
University Design Studio: 20–31 August 2018

University of Kentucky: Architectonic Characters in the City: Berlin
University Design Studio: 4 June – 12 July 2018

Mit System in der Mitte. Stadtquartiere nachhaltig und innovativ entwickeln with WBM Wohnungsbaugesellschaft Berlin-Mitte
Symposium: 19 April 2018. Video Recording

Confluence. Institute for Innovation and Creative Strategies in Architecture, Paris: JUST LIVING: Housing Models for the Future
University Design Studio: 3–7 April 2018

University of Kentucky, Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, University of Melbourne, The Why Factory, TU Delft: Housing Typologies for the 21st Century with IKEA Stiftung, Hofheim-Wallau
University Design Studios: May – November 2017

Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago de Chile: Housing Models for the Future
University Design Studio: 25 September – 6 October 2017

The Perfect City Block: How do we want to live together (in the future)? with Bucerius Summer School/ZEIT-Stiftung, Hamburg
Workshop: 19 August 2017

Neues Wohnen für Berlin! with HOWOGE Wohnungsbaugesellschaft, Berlin
Exhibition: April 2017

Mit System nach oben. Stadtquartiere modular erhöhen – verdichten – weiterbauen with WBM Wohnungsbaugesellschaft Berlin-Mitte
Symposium: 4 November 2016. Video Recording

Hoffnung bauen! Ein Haus für geflüchtete Waisenkinder im Nord-Irak with TU Braunschweig and the network Mala Heviya / Haus der Hoffnung
Lab Talk and Exhibition: 14 September 2016

SoFA Design Institute, Manila: Housing Programmes
University Design Studio: 26 September – 6 October 2016

TU Braunschweig & LABMOB/Federal University of Rio de Janeiro: Housing Infrastructures & Impossible Sites
University Design Studio: 10–20 September 2016

University of Kentucky: Housing Typologies
University Design Studio: 30 May – 24 July 2016

Partizipation macht Architektur. Potenziale und Grenzen with Baupiloten, Berlin
University Book Presentation: 27 March 2015

Shigeru Ban: Works and Humanitarian Activities
Master Lecture: 7 October 2014. Video Recording

University of Ulster, Belfast: City as House: Mapping Urbanity Berlin-Belfast
University Design Studio: February 2014

Zu Hause in der Stadt #3 Experiment Umnutzung - Wohnraum neu erfinden with Wüstenrot Stiftung, Ludwigsburg
Lab Talk Series: 3 December 2013. Video Recording

Zu Hause in der Stadt # 2 Versuchsfeld Beteiligungskultur - Partizipation versus Segregation with Wüstenrot Stiftung, Ludwigsburg
Lab Talk Series: 7 November 2013. Video Recording

Zu Hause in der Stadt #1 Testlabor Wohnen – Wohnideale im IBA Labor with Wüstenrot Stiftung, Ludwigsburg
Lab Talk Series: 22 August 2013. Video Recording



Concept Paper

Miriam Mlecek, [email protected]


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