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 Standard housing typologies were designed around socio-demographic narratives, which today are out of date.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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Design Studios. 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
May - November 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Design Studio. SoFA Design Institute, Manila: Housing Programmes
26 September - 6 October 2016

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

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

Book Presentation. Partizipation macht Architektur. Potenziale und Grenzen with Baupiloten, Berlin
27 March 2015
Master Lecture. Shigeru Ban: Works and Humanitarian Activities
7 October 2014
Video Recording

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

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

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

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



Concept Paper

Miriam Mlecek, [email protected]


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