Just Living: Housing Models for the Future

since 2013

A series of design studios, workshops and symposia on new typologies, densification and social inclusion in housing

Berlin expects half a million inhabitants more by 2020, including many migrants. The current situation in the inner city suburbs is, that new developments increase the density but not the numbers of apartments. The city administration aims to create new quarters on state-owned, vast sites while addressing integration and a public-private space arrangement that allows inhabitants to grow- physically/urban and ideally/ individual and develop “space” together. An ever increasing number of people are becoming multi-local, calling more than one city – and more than one country – a home. The challenge will be to create spatial conditions to allow the growth of a social, sustainable and creative neighbourhood while formally responding to stylistic discontinuity and various typologies of the surroundings. Examples can be found in the historic settlements such as Siemensstadt, Hufeisensiedlung, IBA buildings or the ideal of the Gartenstadt. The social and urban components of these examples can be identified and applied to a 21st century model. At ANCB we aim to develop concepts and new models for high urban quality, integrative, social, age-friendly and co-produced housing typologies with different partners. What is the new density of today? How does the urban fabric of the future look like? How can we adapt the configuration of those historic developments to make it work today and tomorrow?

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 Standard housing typologies were designed around socio-demographic narratives, which today are out of date.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 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 not only about the pragmatic benefits of space-sharing, but also the socio-political potential for city and society of diverse urban inhabitants brought closer together.

In preparation. To be announced shortly.


Living on Top of Tempelhof
Manchester School of Architecture, TU Brauschweig and Universidad Diego Portales
1 - 8 October 2018
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Unliveable Berlin – Housing for Inclusion
University of Melbourne
20 - 31 August 2018
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Architectonic Characters in the City: Berlin
University Design Studio:University of Kentucky
4 June - 12 July 2018
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Mit System in der Mitte. Stadtquartiere nachhaltig und innovativ entwickeln
WBM Wohnungsbaugesellschaft Berlin-Mitte mbH
Public Debate: 19 April 2018
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JUST LIVING: Housing Models for the Future
University Design Studio: Confluence Institute.
Institute for Innovation and Creative Strategies in Architecture
3 – 7 April 2018
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Housing Typologies for the 21 Century
University Design Studios with: University of Kentucky, Lexington; Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology; University of Melbourne; The Why Factory, TU Delft
supported by IKEA Stiftung

May - November 2017

Housing Models for the Future
University Design Studio: Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago de Chile
September - October 2017
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The Perfect City Block: How do we want to live together (in the future)?
Bucerius Summer School Workshop: 19 August 2017
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Neues Wohnen für Berlin!
with HOWOGE Wohnungsbaugesellschaft
Exhibition: April 2017
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Mit System nach oben. Stadtquartiere modular erhöhen – verdichten – weiterbauen
with WBM Wohnungsbaugesellschaft Berlin-Mitte
Public Debate: 4 November 2016
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Hoffnung bauen! Ein Haus für geflüchtete Waisenkinder im Nord-Irak
Public Debate: 14 September 2016
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Housing Programmes
University Design Studio: SoFA Design Institute, Manila
September -
October 2016
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Housing Infrastructures & Impossible Sites
University Design Studio:Technische Universität Braunschweig & LABMOB/Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
September 2016
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Housing Typologies
University Design Studio: University of Kentucky, Lexington
May - July 2016

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Partizipation macht Architektur. Potentiale und Grenzen
Public Debate: 27 March 2015
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Shigeru Ban: Works and Humanitarian Activities
Public Debate: 7 October 2014
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City as House: Mapping Urbanity Berlin Belfast
University Design Studio: University of Ulster, Belfast
February 2014
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Experiment Umnutzung - Wohnraum neu erfinden
Public Debate: 3 December 2013
Part of the Series: Zu Hause in der Stadt with ANCB Research Partner Wüstenrot Stiftung

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Versuchsfeld Beteiligungskultur - Partizipation versus Segregation
Public Debate: 7 November 2013
Part of the Series: Zu Hause in der Stadt with ANCB Research Partner Wüstenrot Stiftung

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Testlabor Wohnen – Wohnideale im IBA Labor
Public Debate: 22 August 2013
Part of the Series: Zu Hause in der Stadt with ANCB Research Partner Wüstenrot Stiftung

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Part of the ANCB Theme:
Identity in Place

Concept Paper:
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Miriam Mlecek,


ANCB Partners 2018

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