The big transformation – Summer School

By 2050, 70% of the world’s population is likely to live in city-like concentrations. This rapid urbanization process threatens natural resources, causes climate gases and poses a great risk to the global ecological and social balance.

To address the challenges of global sustainability outlined above, the Habitat Unit (TU Berlin) is using the Floating University as an experimental site for a radical institutional experiment: Students identified and analyzed key actors from the surrounding neighborhood and connected them with local and international themes and experts in the field of urban climate change, sustainable resource management, including water, energy and food. By connecting this local micro knowledge and endogenous everyday know-how on transformation processes with international and more macro-scale expert knowledge and artistic practices, the students designed four site-specific urban interventions as tools for transformation: Foodbrücke, Hasenbänk, Re:cemetery and Wohnzimmer Farm.

These urban interventions are implemented during a two-week-long neighborhood summer school, from 16.07.-28.07. Here, design studio participants are acting as mediators, teachers, and organizers of in-situ neighborhood interventions that are co-designed and co-performed with the identified local actors.

Teaching Team: Habitat Unit (TU Berlin): Moritz Ahlert, Dr. Anna Steigemann, Prof. Dr. Philipp Misselwitz


General Dates:

Thursday, July 19 2018

Final academic presentation

Guest Critics: Benjamin Förster-Baldenius, Katherine Ball, Gilly Karjevsky, Carla Kienz, Gözde Sarlak

Habitat Unit: Moritz Ahlert, Anna Steigemann, Christian Haid, Philipp Misselwitz

15-18h Presentations & Discussions

18h onwards – Open Bar


Saturday, July 21

Institut für Architektur Jahresausstellung 2018

TU Berlin, Institut für Architektur, Str. des 17. Juni 152, 10623 Berlin

Die Große Transformation – Mini exhibition Room A202

July 20, 15h-22h (Opening 17h, Tour 17.50h, Party 20h)

July 21, 12h-20h (Finissage 18h)


Saturday, July 28, 2018

Fête de la Nachbarschaft

10-16h @ Hangar 1 THF, Columbiadamm 10

10-12.30h First Building Block »hands on activity«

12.30-13.30h Lunch Break

The lunch will be provided by the cooking initiative of newcomers alongside the presentations of the Habitat Unit students

13.30-16h Second Building Block »hands on activity«

16-18h Guided neighborhood tour to the urban interventions, starting from Hangar 1

18h onwards ­ Closing party @ Floating University Berlin


Four site-specific Urban Interventions

Die Foodbrücke

Die Foodbrücke is linking three global issues – neighborhood communication, economic & social inclusion and food sustainability. With the 70-years anniversary of the ‘Berliner Luftbrücke’, Die Foodbrücke implies a future-oriented vision of a more connected and sustainable neighborhood around our area of interest – the Tempelhof Field area. Die Foodbrücke builds bridges through food within the neighborhood. These are bridges which are supposed to overcome fragmentation and exclusion in our society and to sensitize the people and make them aware of the mentioned social and economic problems. These mental and physical bridges address further the lack of sustainability in our society through increased neighborhood communication and neighborhood bonds through our tool for transformation – the Foodbrücke. In addition, our mobile food and communication tool mobilizes and distributes knowledge about sustainable economies and food sustainability.

A physical structure, co-produced together with local initiatives, supports these mental bridges – our Foodbrücke-Mobile, which is a bike trailer consisting of a foldable table and thermo-storages for cooked food. The performance of this tool includes cooking together with different neighbors, get to know their cultures, their own food codes, and bring differently stratified neighbors together during cooking actions. The Foodbrücke thus serves as a communication and connection tool – because nothing connects people more than sharing a good meal.

By Anais Alfieri, Camilla Gemignani, Petra Heber, Sinen Kahraman, Alina Reuschling




Saturday, July 14

Cooking Couscous Competition

14h @ Tempohomes/ Tempelhof

15h @ Floating University

18h @ Dinner with Foodbrücke @ Floating University


Sunday, July 15

Hinter der Hecke

What’s in the allotment garden colony? Anne will show the colony and discuss its building and future. Afterwards we will be able to water Annes private garden and learn on pesticides free gardening in a city. Meeting point is the colony entrance, Lilienthalstraße

15h-17h @ Kolonie am Flughafen with Allotment garden-expert Anne


Monday, July 16

Food is love

Cooking Workshop in cooperation with ‘Cooking with Friends’ Community

15.30h @ Floating University

18:30h Soli-Delivery with Foodbrücke


Tuesday, July 17

Aggelikis Nature Soap Workshop

You wanted to make soap on your own? Aggeliki from the „Southern Lights Project“ from Greece will show us the art of soap production. You can make your individual soap with olive oil and locale herbs and take it home.

Donations welcome // bring your own form to fill in the soap

17h-19h @ Floating University


Thursday, July 26

Kids Workshop

10h-13h @ Floating University Berlin together with re:cemetery Group


Saturday, July 28

Foodbrücke @ Fête de la Nachbarschaft

10h-16h @ Hangar 1 THF, Columbiadamm 10



Hasenbänk is a time-bank project based at Hasenschänke, a Biergarten and kiosk in the floating university’s adjacent park Hasenheide. Our observations and interviews with passersby and customers revealed that Hasenschänke is characterized by its “slowness”, meaning that the place is not as fastly developing and changing as the surrounding neighborhood(s) – in term of its offers, users, prices, physical and social structures. Time bank is a local knowledge exchange system: you contribute and offer a skill or talent to the community and, in return, you receive a service for your own. Hence, the time bank’s currency is time as shared or exchanged time, it takes to deliver the offered service. Hasenbänk aims to encourage people to be more aware of and appreciate more of the time and the manifold skills they have, as well as the neighborhood they share. By using time as new currency, we hope to increase and support the overall neighborhood resources by exchanging the knowledge within the community and maybe also loosen the reliance on money.

Our second goal is to preserve the slowness of the Hasenschänke and its surrounding through time banking and the awareness of the importance of time and local knowledge exchange within the neighborhood.

By Tareq Almuhammad, Olga Bagnoli, Pedro Fortunato, Isabella Speidel



Sunday, July 15 – Tuesday, July 17

Building Phase

tba @ Floating University


Wednesday, July 18

Launching event

“Spreading the Idea and informing about workshops”

16h-20h @ Hasenbänk (Hasenschänke) Hasenheide


Sunday, July 22


Free workshops (sketching, tandem, wood workshop, acro yoga)

13-20h @ HasenBänk, Hasenheide


Monday, July 23


Free workshops (wood workshop, acro yoga)

17-20h @ HasenBänk, Hasenheide


Saturday, July 28

Premiere of the Hasenbänk-movie @ Fête de la Nachbarschaft

10-16h @ Hangar 1 THF, Columbiadamm 10




The cemeteries along Bergmannstraße are exposed to vast transformation processes: long gone are the times where cemeteries were pure places reserved for mourning. Nowadays they serve as, for instance, green islands that provide a home for flora and fauna within the city, where people go for a walk or rest in order to escape the hustle and bustle of their urban lives. We found that the local cemeteries are microcosms that depict various issues and processes that are happening on local as well as on global levels.

By implementing a set of very sensitive and small-scale interventions that touch upon ecological, spatial and societal topics, such as global flower production and consumption, preserving the local fauna, enhance recycling cycles and a more actors-driven space production, we want to be able to export and exchange knowledge from the inside to the outside of the Bergmannstraße cemeteries, discuss and apply it and eventually come back with refreshed ideas.

By Iliana Angelou, Leonard Kaupp, Daiki Ori, Annelene Stielau, Lina Thürer



Sunday, July 22

Cemetery Tour

Guided cemetery tour regarding our research.

15-17h @ Friedhof Bergmannstraße


Monday, July 23 – Wednesday, July 25

A plant swap for the neighborhood – Design & Build Phase

We are designing a plant swap for the neighborhood. Everyone is welcome to design and build with us!

daily 10-18h @ Floating University


Thursday, July 26

Kommt ein Vogel geflogen – Kids Workshop

We are building birds houses and feeders out of re:cycling material. Everyone is welcome to join!

10h-13h @ Floating University Berlin together with Die Foodbrücke


Friday, July 27

A plant swap for the neighborhood – Kick-off Event

16-19h @ Café Strauss, Bergmannstraße 42, 10961 Berlin


Saturday, July 28

re:cemetery @ Fête de la Nachbarschaft

16-18h Guided neighborhood tour, starting from Hangar 1



Wohnzimmer Farm

The intervention Wohnzimmer Farm envisions a sustainable city which self-sufficiently produces food. We consider urban farming as our tool to reduce pressure on the world’s productive land and to assure long-term food security. For us the Great Transformation needs to happen from bottom up and not from top down. Hence, our vision starts from the scratch – the first step is to sensitize people on the very local level about sustainable food consumption, production and the global supply in order to support a higher awareness and recognition for the urgent need for transformation towards sustainability. For this reason, the intervention Wohnzimmer Farm is bringing the topic of food security and sustainability into the everyday context of a living room. The installation, located at the south-east entrance of Tempelhof airfield, invites people to learn and practice possibilities to grow food at home, e.g. in their living rooms or balconies. For the development and performance of the intervention, we collaborate with local actors of already existing garden projects in the neighborhood, from allotment gardens to urban gardening initiatives, in order to develop DIY-tool-kits for composting, water filtration, and food production. The actual space of Wohnzimmer Farm is a container of a local cultural initiative, which we transform into the Wohnzimmer Farm. The focus lies on everyday suitability and motivation to put the more theoretical ideas into practice – we offer an interactive installation accessible for everyone and practical workshops.

By Giorgia Coluccia, Lena Heiss, Eve Neumann, Julia Nicotra


Monday, July 16 – Wednesday, July 18

Building Phase – move into the livingroom

tba @ Kulturgate on the Tempelhof Airfield (south-west entrance)

Google Maps: 52°28’23.4″N 13°23’19.2″E


Saturday, July 21

Soil & Compost-Workshop

together with Christian Hoffmann from Pyramidengarten (Knowledge also from Miren from Allmende Kontor) (sharing knowledge about soil, building an own worm compost)

14h – 18h @ Kulturgate on the Tempelhofer Airfield


Sunday, July 21

Water & Seed-Workshop

(planting out of potatos, Bewässerungssystem und Regenwassersammelstelle bauen)

14h – 18h @ Kulturgate on the Tempelhof Airfield


Saturday, July 28

Wohnzimmer Farm@Fête de la Nachbarschaft

16-18h guided neighborhood tour, starting from Hangar 1