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An online urban design workshop for international students from European schools of architecture.

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An online urban design workshop for international students from European schools of architecture.

9-11 April 2021

9-11 April 2021

In the second edition of the International 24h Urban Design Hackathon,
we invite you to reanimate an infamous dinosaur, Berlin's "Mäusebunker".

Guided by principles of grey energy assessment and urban transformation that oppose its demolition, we see an opportunity to transform it into a public space, promote diversity of use, and rethink the Benjamin Franklin Campus.

The Urban Design Hackathon is a 24h online workshop for international students from four European universities. In mixed teams, you will be developing urban design ideas that define the former animal testing laboratory's future.

REANIMATE THE
DINOSSAUR

Bauhaus Universität Weimar  |  Aarhus School of Architecture
ENSAP Bordeaux  |  Estonian Academy of Arts

Here are the results of the Hackathon!

Bio Bunker

by Joel Schülin, Ziqi Zhang, Chaymae Kriouile, Helin Kuldkepp, Amine Mashhadirezaydorn
Guidelines: cultural hotspot, new infrastructure, participation/inclusion of inhabitants, transparency
Tutors: Pola R. Koch & Hocine Aliouane

Veggie Bunker

by Gerda Seidelmann, Hinde Wahbi, Niclas Heydorn, Liisa Østrem, Audren Jerezature 
Guidelines: opening, combining former and future uses, letting the nature in, connection to the shore
Tutors: Stefan Signer & Kirke Päss

Come & Sense

by Hannah Kruse, Clara Rousset, Mathias Berg Henriksen, Mia Martina Peil
Guidelines: opening, participation, gradual transformation, identity
Tutors: Steffen de Rudder & Mikhalis Montarnier

Techno Bunker

by Judith Caroline Platte, Zoe Baurens, Patrick Liik, Nicolas Falipou
Guidelines: surroundings, “make the best of what we have”, contrast between outside and inside
Tutors: Karel Wuytak & Rune Christian Bach

Impressions of the Hackathon!

Input Lectures

Architect Ludwig Heimbach and Photographer and Architect Kay Fingerle are active figures in the conservation campaign for the Mäusebunker and shared their knowledge and impressions of the building.

Ludwig Heimbach

Exhibition Mäusebunker & Hygieneinstitut: Experimental Setup Berlin

Kay Fingerle

Mousebunker Berlin: out of homestories

The iconic brutalist building was designed to house an animal testing laboratory, inaccessible to the public. Over the years, animal testing in the context of medical research has declined to such an extent that in 2020 the building became obsolete and it is now in danger of being demolished. However, the acknowledgment of its architectural value by a group of architects, politicians, and citizens is giving the building a second chance at existence.

The Mäusebunker is located in the south-west of Berlin at the shore of the Teltowkanal. Together with the adjacent “Institut für Hygiene und Mikrobiologie” and the “Klinikum Steglitz” it forms a unique ensemble of post-war Brutalism, the Benjamin Franklin Campus. The building was completed in 1981 and is 100 x 38 meters large. Unlike the “Institut für Hygiene und Mikrobiologie” the building is not protected as a historic monument.

Guided by principles of grey energy assessment and urban transformation that oppose its demolition, we see an opportunity to transform it into a public space, promote diversity of use, and rethink the Benjamin Franklin Campus. The Urban Design Hackathon is a 24h online workshop for international students from four European universities. In mixed teams, you will be developing urban design ideas that define the former animal testing laboratory’s future.

  • located in southwest of Berlin (Berlin-Lichterfelde) on the Teltowkanal
  • oriented east-west, with the west side facing the Hindenburgdamm and the east side facing the Teltowkanal
  • together with the adjacent “Institut für Hygiene und Mikrobiologie” and the “Klinikum Steglitz” it forms a unique ensemble of post-war brutalism, the Benjamin Franklin Campus of the Charité Berlin 
  • 100 x 38m large
  • example of geometric High-Tech-Brutalism
  • the facade with the out sticking blue ventilation pipes and the small triangular windows highlight the technical-industrial aspect of the building
  • it is an outstanding example of prefabricated concrete facades
  • it has a small inner structure, containing a large number of cell-like rooms
  • every second floor is designed as a technical floor to accommodate extensive ventilation and air-conditioning system 
  • the floor heights differ from each other, technical floors being 2.70m tall and the regular floors being 3,20m tall
  • Constructed between 1971 and 1981 by the Freie Universität Berlin
  • designed by Magdalena and Gerd Hänska 
  • it was built both as a place for animal experiments and the rearing of laboratory animals 
  • the development of new technologies and the rise of critical voices reduced the number and scale of animal experiments so that a building the size of the Mäusebunker was no longer necessary
  • therefore demolition plans have emerged
  • since 2003, the Chartité Medical University of Berlin has been using a small part of the building as a research institute for experimental medicine
  • relocation plans are already in the making and, a new building is to be constructed on the site 
  • thanks to the commitment of a group of architects, politicians, and citizens, the Mäsuebunker survived demolition several times 
  • unlike the adjacent building, the “Institute for Hygiene and Microbiology” is not yet a listed heritage building.

Rettet den Mäusebunker #SOSMäusebunker
Initiative for the preservation of the building
http://mäusebunker.de

SOS Brutalism
https://sosbrutalism.org/cms/15889871

moderne REGIONAL
online magazine dedicated to the architecture of the 20th century
https://www.moderne-regional.de/tag/maeusebunker/

Input Lectures

Re-Use, Re-Insert, Re-Generate

Center for Industrial Culture in Herstal, Belgium
Lecture by Ludwig Voz

Gordon Matta-Clark - Physical poetics in material thinking or the thingness of space as an object

Université de Liège
Lecture by Karel Wuytack

How can nature reanimate the dinosaur?

Université de Liège
Lecture by Elisa Baldin

When the Project serves the Place

A proposal to re-think spaces by the project
Lecture by Adam Peterkenne

Reanimate the Dinosaur

Université de Liège
Lecture by Karel Wuytack

Impression of the entrance Platform

Impression of the Krammerstraße

Impression of the corner Krammerstraße / Hindenburgdamm

Impression of the southeast elevation, by the Teltowkanal

Impression of the Krammertraße, with the Institut für Hygiene und Mikrobiologie and the Mäusebunker

Impression of the Hindenburgdamm

The Urban Design Hackathon is organized by the “Chair of Urban Planning and Design” of the Bauhaus University Weimar. It is part of the “International Virtual Academic Collaboration” (IVAC) program of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

CONTACT

Chair of Urban Planning and Design 
Steffen de Rudder | Martina Jacobi |
Pola R. Koch | Stefan Signer

Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 6
2. OG, Raum 202
99423 Weimar Germany

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The Bauwelt Magazine about the the second edition of the Urban Design Hackathon in the issue 10.2021.

The newspaper “Berliner Tagesspiegel” on the Karstadt Hackathon and the demise of city centers (17.4.2021)

The Bauwelt Magazine about the Urban Design Hackathon in the issue “Die handelnde Stadt”.

Application

Deadline March 31.2021

Seminar MA Arch + Urb
2 SWS / 3 ECTS
English

16 – 24 Master Students
4 – 6 from each University

As part of the application process, we ask all participants to submit a 40-second self introduction video with the following information:

  • Name
  • University
  • Hometown
  • Current City / Where would you like to live?
  • Why would you like to participate?

Please send your application to urbandesignhackathon[at]uni-weimar.de

Schedule

Meet and Greet
Wed 07.04.2021

17:00 – 17:30 Welcome / Opening
17:30 – 18:00 Tutorial BBB / Tools
18:00 – 19:00 Micro-lectures
19:00 – 20:00 Team Definition
20:00 – 21:00 Q&A / Meet up

Urban Design Hackaton
Fr 
09.04.2021
13:00 – 13:30 Welcome / Opening
13:30 – 14:00 Introduction / Task
14:00 – 15:00 Input Lectures
15:00 – 15:30 Q&A
16:00 – 00:00 Section 1

Sa 10.04.2021
08:00 – 12:00 Section 2
12:00 – 13:00 Feedback with Tutors
13:00 – 00:00 Final Section

Su 11.04.2021
13:00 – 16:00 Final Presentation
16:00 – 18:30 Discussion Round / Closing

Impressum

The Urban Design Hackathon is organized by the “Chair of Urban Planning and Design” of the Bauhaus University Weimar. It is part of the “International Virtual Academic Collaboration” (IVAC) program of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Chair of Urban Planning and Design

Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 6
2. OG
99423 Weimar
Germany
phone: +49 (0) 36 43/58 2601

e-mail: staedtebau1[at]archit.uni-weimar.de 

e-mail: urbandesignhackathon[at]uni-weimar.de

www.uni-weimar.de

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Image Credits

The images on this page are in most cases protected by copyright. The source/copyright of the images is the “Chair of Urban Planning and Design” of the Bauhaus University Weimar, unless otherwise stated below.

Videos: Martina Jacobi

Mice Video by thiago rizardi from Pexels

Site Images: Martina Jacobi, Pola Rebecca Koch, Stefan Siegner, Felix Torkar, Denis Barthel

Images Project Stairway to Chicken: Patrīcija Helēna Dzērve, Noé Misson, Leila Unland, Toms Čudars

Images Project From Mono to Multi: Richard Corsyn, Eliza Anna Zeibote, Maximilian Schmidt, Laura Bertelt

Images Project The Ant(i) Mall: Gaultier Arnould, Laura Svede, Jasmin Min Chu, Corentin Generet

Images Project ShareStadt: Pauline Oldrizzi,Olivier Roulet, Jekabs Ozols, Florian Brettner

Videos Input Lectures: Karel Wuytack, Elisa Baldin, Ludwig Voz, Adam Peterkenne

Dinosaur Icon made by Freepik from www.flaticon.com

Design: Leonardo Hermel

Corona has revealed: an online urban design studio is possible.

Technically advanced online teaching is offering a unique opportunity for international collaboration – without long journeys and large amounts of greenhouse gas being produced. 

The Urban Design Hackathon is a case study for online collaboration between European schools of architecture and part of the program International Virtual Academic Collaboration (IVAC) from the DAAD – German Academic Exchange Service.

In the long turn, it could lead to common urban design studios as part of the official curriculum. After the pandemic, they can be supplemented with real-life interaction and site visits.

Meet the
Organization Team!

Martina Jacobi | Bauhaus Uni Weimar

Organization | International 24h Urban Design Hackathon

Architect | Reaserch and Teaching Assistant
Chair for Urban Design
Bauhaus University Weimar

Pola R. Koch | Bauhaus Uni Weimar

Organization | 24h Urban Design Hackathon

Architect | Reaserch and Teaching Assistant
Chair for Urban Design
Bauhaus University Weimar

Stefan Signer | Bauhaus Uni Weimar

Organization | 24h Urban Design Hackathon

Architect | Reaserch and Teaching Assistant
Chair for Urban Design
Bauhaus University Weimar

Paula Gotthard | Bauhaus Uni Weimar

Organization | 24h Urban Design Hackathon

BSc Architecture | E-Tutor
Chair for Urban Design
Bauhaus University Weimar