21/07/17 Building a Proposition for Future Activities Architecture offices announced


The board of the project Building a Proposition for Future Activities announces the architecture offices participating in the competition to design and organise the self-build project Community Building Poppenbüttel 43 (CBP43).

The board, composed of members of the civil society initiative Poppenbüttel hilft e.V., the client and owner of the land Fördern und Wohnen AöR, the district of Wandsbek and the research and teaching programme Urban Design at HafenCity University Hamburg, welcomes ConstructLab (Berlin), In Situ (Basel), bromsky Architekten (Berlin/Hamburg), Assemble (London) and Atelier Bow Wow (Tokyo) to each run a virtual architecture office for the architecture workshop beginning September 11th, 2017. Each office will head a team of international students, industrial school students, old and new neighbours to work on proposals for CBP43 located in the refugee accommodation with dwelling in perspective Poppenbütteler Berg/Ohlendieck. Both the mode of planning and the project’s motif have been tested in the Summer School Building a Proposition for Future Activities in 2016. The project archaeology of this Summer School will serve as tender documents for the architecture workshop. The workshop’s aim is to produce drafts for the architectural design as well as the organisation of activities in the project’s planning, implementation and uses.

In order to best capture future uses of the Community Building Poppenbüttel, the Research and Teaching Programme Urban Design together with Kristin Guttenberg (Community Building & Performative Dialogue) and Marko Mijatovic (videography) organize Project Days in the week prior to the architecture workshop. On September 8th and 9th 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 and problematise collaboration with an open outcome. The documentation of the Project Days will introduce all participants to the architecture workshop.

The workshop is organised by the Research and Teaching Programme Urban Design at HafenCity University Hamburg and will take place from September 11th to 16th 2017 with a deadline of draft submission on September 27th. The project pursues its motif Building a Proposition for Future Activities involving two parameters on whose basis the project’s board selected the five partaking offices: A) It will be realised as a self-build project. B) It is set to enable encounters between old and new neighbours, professionals and laypeople, the city and the project’s peripheral location. The project has been awarded funding by the municipality (600.000€) and acts as a model for future projects with its motif and focus on collaboration and being propositional in planning, implementation and later uses.

The workshop will function as a prototype for all upcoming efforts. The project’s board will announce the jury decision on October 5th and kick off approval processes and implementation planning. Construction is projected to start in spring 2018 and will be realised in form of a spring school. The project’s board seeks to assemble modes of collaboration that enable being active in meaningful and sound modes of the project’s research and design transfer. The Research and Teaching Programme Urban Design accompanies the project Building a Proposition for Future Activities with research efforts focusing on Dwelling as a Fugitive Practice, Re-positioning Project Management in Urban Design (Hamburg Open Online University), Representation and Relationality and Methodology in Urban Design.


For further information about modes of participation for international students and/or general information about the project please go to ud.hcu-hamburg.de or write an email to ud-master@hcu-hamburg.de.


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

Dr. Anna Richter


Post-doctoral Researcher