Summer School. Building a Proposition for Future Activities 2017. Project Days & Architecture Workshop


The summer school Building a Proposition for Future Activities (video available on YouTube) has shown that the Community Building Poppenbüttel 43 (CBP43) on the site Poppenbütteler Berg / Ohlendieck is a doable project. Its motif of interrogating practices of locating refugees centred around the need to ‘find potentialities to develop and sustain livelihood security’ (Breckner 2014, p. 81) in ‘accommodations with dwelling perspective’ (Flüchtlingsunterbringungen mit Perspektive Wohnen) and could be projected with ‘tentative and precautionary progression’ (Latour 2010, p. 473) into what we call a performative plan. The conditions of production of this performative plan were publicly debated on the day of the Summer School's closing ceremony. It was about two weeks later that Hamburgische Bürgerschaft agreed to pay for the cost of construction of CBP43 (600.000 EUR) and all actors enrolled in the summer school and the planning leading up to it are now reassembled under new auspices for the upcoming phases of the realisation and uses of CBP43.

What happens next?
The research and teaching programme Urban Design documented the process of the summer school in the form of a ‘project archaeology’ (Dell 2017). One archive of this project archaeology is public in the form of the E-Learning arrangement Project Management in Urban Design. The project archaeology will function as tender documents for the project days and the architecture competition. Both events are set up to bring to the fore one awarded project which will be translated into the approval planning process over the winter and implemented in early spring 2018.

How can I take part in the architecture competition?
The active players in the project selected five architectural practices that approach architecture not merely as a functional response to an urbanized society’s needs, but as an activity of proposing, organising and representing how people might live together in the future (Hesselbrand 2017). ConstructLab (Berlin), In Situ (Basel), bromsky Architekten (Berlin/Hamburg), Assemble (London) and Atelier Bow Wow (Tokyo) will each run a virtual architecture office for the architecture workshop beginning September 11th, 2017. These 6 days will kick off with colloquia informing about the project’s past, present and future. After these 6 days all architectural practices will be given a revision phase until September 27th to make sure they meet all issues raised in the tender documents.
A jury comprised of key actors in the past, present and future of the project will decide on a winning proposal or a set of winning aspects from several proposals. Once a proposal is awarded first price, the research and teaching programme Urban Design will organise a public show to exhibit all proposed projects. This exhibition will also function as the kick-off date for the translation of the winning proposal into its approval planning phase.
For this phase the research and teaching programme Urban Design will organise a project office comprised of members of the industrial school students (construction draftsmen), international students from the field of architecture and refugees and neighbours with experience and pertinent skills in the approval planning process. The project office will collaborate closely with Fördern & Wohnen (the property owners of CBP43), the construction approval and inspection department at the district office Wandsbek, the local Quartiersmanagement, the Behörde für Arbeit, Soziales, Familie (BASFI) und Integration and other pertinent project partners.

What is going to happen during the Project Days?
Participants – old and new neighbours, international students enrolled in curricula concerned with the urban, and industrial school students of different trades in construction – will enact the future CBP43 in their encounter (see Koki Tanaka in his projects on collaboration with an open outcome). This will take place on the actual construction footprint of the building measuring 20x20 metres in the north-east part of the accommodation with dwelling in perspective (UPW). A guided tour through a hybridised action diagram introduces all participants to structural traces of the summer school and serves as a tool for coming into play. The play is structured in the form of takes - a series of detailed instructions in composition with everyday objects and luxurious things. Each take allows participants to enact a single or hybridised aspect of the future programme. A camera crew will follow and record actions, which in the post-production process provides one set of material for understanding the play in the form of a participatory project archaeology. The participants of a newly founded project group will translate aspects of this project archaeology and thus the project CBP43 into its next phase – the architecture competition.
The preparation for the Project Days starts on September 5th. The Project Days days will, most-likely, end with food and drinks in a cosy atmosphere not unlike that displayed in so many photos of the Black Mountain College or Team10 meetings.

Who can apply for participation?
The summer school Building a Proposition for Future Activities has shown that embodied skills, know-how and know-why in all stages of building and design processes are welcome. The Project Days and the architecture competition will be held in English, German and languages the organisation identifies as common amongst participants. The organizing committee is trying to find translators to allow all participants, refugees in particular, to fully understand the Project Days’ issues at hand in order to be able to actively participate.
Participants are required to bring construction site equipment such as protective shoes and gear.

When is the deadline and how do I apply?
Applications can be submitted until August 25th, noon (UTC+1). Please give your name, address, field of studies/training and any information that outlines how the project would benefit from your partaking. All this must fit into an email attachment no larger than 10MB and be sent to Travel details and further necessary information will be collected upon acceptance. All participants will be informed about their state of application one week later via email.

Where can I stay?
To become acquainted with current and future activities in the neighbourhood of Poppenbüttel participants will find free accommodation with members of Poppenbüttel hilft e.V. The limited capacities of homestay will be given out on a first come, first served basis.

Is there compensation?
To earn credits students must actively participate in the activities on site and hand in a documentation of their work. We ask international students to provide us with all necessary paperwork so we can transfer credit points within the ECTS system. Participants can earn 2.5 CP for one event (either Project Days or Architecture Workshop), 5 CP for both events respectively.

Hesselbrand, 2017. Real Review, 3.



Location: Construction site, Poppenbütteler Berg / Ohlendieck, 22399 Hamburg

Project Days: September 8th and 9th
Setting the stage for the Project Days: September 5th to 8th
Architecture Workshop: September 11th to 17th
Public presentation of interim results during Poppenbüttel Summer Fest: September 16th
Jury Meeting: October 5th
Publication of the results of the cooperative review process: November 30th

Public Lectures every evening at 7.00 pm on site by
Monday: ConstructLab
Tuesday: NRS/In Situ
Wednesday: bromsky Architekten
Thursday: Assemble
Friday: Atelier Bow-Wow

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The project is realised in close collaboration with the civil society initiative Poppenbüttel hilft e.V., Fördern und Wohnen and the district council Wandsbek.

Press Reviews
Publication of the results of the cooperative review process, November 30th.
Welcome speech by Olaf Scholz, First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. Patron of the Project. (in German)
Hamburger Senat. Integratives Wohnen für Flüchtlinge am Poppenbütteler Berg. (in German)
Meine neuen Nachbarn, die Flüchtlinge. Hamburger Abendblatt. December 1st 2017. (in German)
Neues Wohnquartier mit 308 Wohneinheiten entsteht in Hamburg-Poppenbüttel. Sat.1 Regional 17:30. (In German)
Startschuss: Studierende der HafenCity Universität Hamburg bauen ein Begegnungshaus in Poppenbüttel. HCU Hamburg Aktuell. (in German)


Prof. Dr. habil. Christopher Dell


Professor, UFoK, OT and RFoP

Prof. Dipl. Ing. Bernd Kniess


Professor, Urban Design

M.Sc. Dominique Peck


Academic Staff, Ph.D. Candidate