Documenting the Spatial Practices of Global Migration

Call For Participants: Berlin Summer School

Category : BRIEFLY NOTED 05/14/2017

September 04-15, 2017
This international workshop will develop prototypes and interventions in Berlin Lichtenberg to activate the economic and socio-cultural potential of refugees who arrived in Berlin in recent years and still live in temporary shelters. This is the second collaboration between  Kaja Kühl, Columbia University GSAPP, Oliver von Spreckelsen, UdK Berlin, and Katharina Rohde, KU Leuven. Supported by Sto Foundation’s Summerschool Award 2017
Open to  students, newcomers, and (non-) professionals, with a background in architecture, urban planning, political sciences, social entrepreneurship, programming and related fields. Working language will be English! The Summerschool is free of charge. Costs for transport, accommodation and food have to be self-funded.

The German capital city of Berlin has received approximately 65.000 newcomers predominately from Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq between January 2015 and the Summer of 2016. The majority of new arrivals are hosted in temporary shelters and wait idle for months, sometimes years, for their asylum to be granted, loosing valuable time to continue their education or use their brain- and (wo)manpower productively.
During this 10-day Summerschool participants will work in Berlin-Lichtenberg on the premises of the former headquarters complex of the Ministry of State Security (Stasi), now home to about 1,100 newcomers among other uses. The entire district is home to 6.000 newcomers, yet, its urban fabric of predominantly prefabricated modernist high-rises (Plattenbau), does not appear open to small-scale businesses or social encounter.Exploring Lichtenbergs potential for urban spaces of interaction, the Summerschool aims to provoke thought around evolving pluralist neighbourhoods. In a first phase, participants will engage with inhabitants of the emergency shelter, in international teams to visualize talents of “Future Maker/s.” During the second week, participants will develop prototypes and interventions to test “Future Market/s”. These can be inside shelter itself, the larger Stasi complex, or in the surrounding neighbourhood and might include a mobile barbershop, a textile workshop, a graphic design office, a cell phone repair shop, or a tea lounge among other ideas. To incorporate intangible talents, we will also explore the opportunity to connect to existing local time-banks. Here, time for tasks, errands or lessons is used as currency and as such, no work permit is required.

Download a PDF of the SummerSchool Announcement here.

to apply or inquire about the workshop, please send an email to Kaja Kühl kk730[at]
Deadline to apply is June 15, 2017

If in Berlin, attend an info session on May 31st at 6pm at UdK, Room 336, Hardenbergstr. 33