Academic collaborations 2018

The Floating Academic Program is framed by multiple academic collaborations. Lecturers and students of partner institutions  lead and participate in the courses. Formats and topics of the seminars are diverse: some will focus on critical research, others will work with a design build approach and again others will create spaces for communication, commoning and self-organized civil society.

Partners in 2018

Universities: TU Berlin, Science Po Paris, UdK Berlin, Universität Witten/Herdecke, KHM Köln, TU München, Universidad La Gran Colombia Bogotá, Bergen School of Architecture, HfG Karlsruhe, ENSA Nantes, Design Academy Eindhoven, Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin, Royal Academy the Hague, TH Nürnberg, ECAL Lausanne, HNE Eberswalde, HfbK Hamburg, Kunstuniversität Linz

March and April

What are the shapes and colors of Floating University? Long before the first nail banged into wood, the masterclass for visual identity at the ECAL Lausanne designed the visual appearance of Floating University.

Jonas Wandeler + 15 students
École cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL) | Department for Visual Identity


April – September

‘Okazi’ is Esperanto for “something happens”. In this case it is a sociocultural space of encounter, for new and old neighborhoods to create a benefit for everybody. The student laboratory MOVE dismantles the „urban forest“ by Atelier Bow-Wow in March in one of the hangars of the Tempelhof Airfield building and rebuilds it again as OKAZI at the Floating University campus.

Beatrice Termeer, Felix Wierschbitzki, Niklas Fanelsa + 10 students
Technische Universität Berlin | Projektwerkstatt MOVE / Habitat Unit



What is it about a city, where living space has become an internationally traded commodity?
Students of the Weißensee Kunsthochschule examine, test and transmit forms of protest against commodification of housing and open spaces. This will happen where any revolt is started: at the counter of our bar in Floating University.

Steffen Schuhmann + 15 students
Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin | Dept. for Visual Communication

The big transformation
April – July

Endogenous everyday know-how meets expert knowledge and artistic practices – the summer school of the Habitat Unit, organized by students, is searching for local practices and solution for the big transformation processes cities will have to undergo in the future.

Phillip Misselwitz, Moritz Ahlert, Anna Steigemann + students
Technische Universität Berlin | Habitat Unit 


Space Production Studio – UdK
Designing around the kitchen table
April – Juli

Students of the Space Production Studio build, share, flood and run the common kitchen.
The kitchen will not only be a place of cooking but the core element shaping an urban social practice.
Every Tuesday the kitchen will host a thematic dinner where participants are invited
to share and co-produce a moment of hospitality.

Markus Bader, Anna Kokalanova, Christof Mayer, Rosario Talevi + 15 students
Universität der Künste Berlin | Dept. of architecture


May and June

Design for everything that touches water. 30 students of productdesign will develop and produce prototypes for water uses. After one month the prototypes are ready for experimenting.

Benjamin Foerster-Baldenius, Thilo Folkerts, Gregor Siems + 30 students
Design Academy Eindhoven | Department for product design

hello architecture, hello world!
April ans June

The city around Floating University Berlin appears as if it simply happened instead of being planned. Eighty architecture students will make this their field of investigation and intervention. They will develop plans and new ideas for this fragmented urban area.

Jan Kampshoff + ca. 80 students
Technische Universität Berlin | Dept. for Architecture


Water infrastructures, mapping the urban void, greenhouse
April – July

Students of Design for the Living World at HFBK Hamburg will work on water infrastructures, the greenhouse, and mapping the urban void.

Marjetica Potrč +15 students
Hochschule für bildende Künste (HfbK) Hamburg | Dept. for Design

„is this darkness in you too“

The video art project “is this darkness in you too” brings together the neighbourhood with art students in pairs or duos which will explore everyday life in the area around the former Airport, and experience the highs and lows of collaborative practices.

Phil Collins, Tobias Yves Zintel + 15 students
Die Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln (KHM) | Media art


Identity of the place
May *This workshop is open to all interested

How can new forms of urban living be structured in the complex relation between metabolisms and energy balance? The students oft he TH Nuremberg will research relevant topics including available infrastructure and local natural resources and develop design projects out of this research.

Final presentation, July 20, 11 am to 2 pm

Richard Woditsch + 11 students
Technische Hochschule Nürnberg Georg Simon Ohm (TH Nürnberg)


Fabulous MARISCO Workshop
May *This workshop is open to all interested

In this workshop participants venture into the world of ecosystem management. They will build a situational analysis of the rainwater basin and the adjacent gardens. Afterwards they traverse the complex web of causes and effects influencing the local ecosystems, social systems and the services they provide for humans, in a conceptual model.

Stefan Kreft
Hochschule für nachhaltige Entwicklung Eberswalde (HNEE) | Center for Econics and Ecosystem Management

May and Fall Open Weeks

The students of the space&design STRATEGIES of the Kunstuniversität Linz, will use mechanic tools to drain a beach, and to erect their BayWatch tower from where they will observe Floating University.

Ton Matton, Florian Gwinner, Larissa Meyer, Antoine Turillon, Pepi Meier, Herbert Winklehner, Gertraud Kliment + 25 students
Kunstuniversität Linz Universität für künstlerische und industrielle Gestaltung | space&design STRATEGIES


Atlas of Mutation
May 7 – 13 2018, 11 am – 5 pm *This workshop is open to all interested

Stefan Shankland will work with the architecture students from Nantes on an „Atlas of Mutation » – or how to make manifest «mutation», an elusive entity that is omnipresent yet difficult to pin down, for it has no specific form : transformation is its form! the students will be part of the fabulous MARISCO-workshop and build a house for collections.

Stefan Shankland + 15 students
Ecole nationale supérieure d’architecture de Nantes (ENSA)


Deathless Inception
May 7– 13 2018, 11 am – 5 pm *This workshop is open to all interested

A body-spatial surveillance of specific heterotopias in the urban context: cemeteries and their deathless re-foundation. Architect Andreas Krauth and Choreographer Sabine Zahn look for active forms of an interpretation of this historic change from two simultaneous perspectives.

Andreas Krauth, Sabine Zahn + 10 students
Universität Witten/Herdecke | Fakultät für Kulturreflexion + TU Darmstadt | Fakultät für Architektur


June and September

The last century was the century of the city. Significant urbanization processes and tendencies were reflected, initiated and equipped with new terms in exhibitions. On an excursion to Floating University Berlin students of the HfG examine the building exhibition Interbau 57, IBA 87 and the failed IBA 2020 and curators and designers are going to be invited to discuss together about city and building exhibitions.

Thomas Rustemeyer + 10 students
Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung (HfG) Karlsruhe | Scenography


INSIDE – Corrupted Space // Utopia corrupted

For „utopia corrupted“ students of the Master program INSIDE the Hague, look at the vulnerability of complex urban systems, detect weaknesses and develop ideas from there. In the second phase they design their own machines for a better society, build them as prototypes and try them out. Wrooom!

Gerjan Streng, Benjamin Foerster-Baldenius + 10 students
Royal Academy Den Haag | INSIDE – Dept. for Interior Architecture


the new Ruett Arena
Unnoticed, they exist in every city, sometimes appearing as gaping wounds, but rarely they are perceived as more than a necessary evil for the inhabitants of the city. Infrastructures in the form of buildings or fallow land. Structures that meet their requirements, but at the same time have a lot more potential. But wouldn‘t it be ideal if people could use them and benefit from these spaces?

Alissa Diesch, Juan Yunda, Matthias Kestel, David Wolfertstetter + 20 students from Bogota and Munich
Universidad La Gran Colombia Bogotá | Facultad de arquitectura + Pontificia Universidad Javeriana + Technische Universität München | Dept. for Architecture


Additional cooperations with the Bergen School of Architecture directed by Jan Liesegang and with SPEAP, Science Po school of public affairs directed by Frederique Aït Touati and Bruno Latour will be realized in September

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