By October 2017 the newly constructed refugee accommodation located at Poppenbütteler Berg/Ohlendieck, Hamburg, will house between 300 and 650 people seeking protection from war, violence and lacking economic prospects in their home country. The site is part of the programme ‘dwelling in perspective’ (Flüchtlingsunterkünfte mit der Perspektive Wohnen) with which Hamburg’s senate reacts to the influx of refugees in late 2015 to develop and build new neighbourhoods within one year. 4.800 dwelling units (subsidised housing) in solid (as opposed to temporary) buildings will offer the perspective of dwelling (habiter) not only to refugees in the medium to long term. Due to legal reasons refugees can only be accommodated during the first phase which means that no other usages than sleeping and storing are allowed. The units will be planned and built in accordance with the standard of social housing and procedurally transferred from the initial use as refugee accommodation into a public housing programme. To overcome the mere objective of accommodating (housing question) (Shaw 2015), which excludes being active, we want to introduce the urban question into the discussion of urban development and subsequent project management efforts. Since the public release of this project in a town meeting in mid 2015, civil society organization Poppenbüttel hilft e.V. is marching through the institutions to argue for an architecture in and from within which new modes of futurity can be practiced.
Poppenbüttel hilft e.V. together with the Research and Teaching Programme Urban Design and the Chair of Architectural Design and Building Theory at HCU Hamburg invited to the summer school and Design-Build competition »Building a Proposition for Future Activities«. The summer school took place from the 12th to the 24th of September 2016 and had one objective, realised in three takes: 1) working on design-build proposals for the community building, 2) the construction and organisation of the first International Mini Golf Grand Prix and 3) constructing a prototype for an architecture in and from within which new modes of futurity can be practiced.
Shaw, K., 2015. The intelligent woman’s guide to the urban question. City, 19 (6), 781–800.