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A blended urban design workshop for international students from European schools of architecture.


A blended urban design workshop for international students from European schools of architecture.

19-21 Nov 2021


Bauhaus Universität Weimar  | Polytechnic University of Catalonia
University of Belgrade  |  Porto University

Bauhaus Universität Weimar
Polytechnic University of Catalonia
University of Belgrade 
Porto University

Here are the results of the 3rd Hackathon!

Limbo - a new mobility hub

by Miguel Moreira Silva, Victoria Grossardt, Filip Popović, Queralt Perera Esparbé
Guidelines: technologic aesthetic; free confortable transit; sustainable recreation space
Tutors: Pola R. Koch 

Climate Campus

by  Eline Baert, Paula Pichler, Katarina Urošević, Rúben Simão Vilaça Pinheiro
Guidelines: flexible temporality, research, climate 
Tutors: Stefan Signer & Rodrigo Coelho

Hakuna Matata

by Milica Veljović, Anastasja Spalević, Xavier Taulé Sánchez, João Afonso Malho Amaral
Guidelines: meeting place and culture; passive energy and attitude towards nature; limits of heritage and infrastructure
Tutors: Milena Kordić, Paula Gotthard

Galactic Playground

by Eduardo Motidome, Maria Oliveira Epifânio da Franca, Petar Ruvidić, Shreya Singh
Guidelines: galactic / extraterrestrial atmosphere; multi-purposed uses; re-energized underground
Tutors: Steffen de Rudder, Jelena Zivković

Infrastructural Habitat

by Igor Alexandre Viegas Outeiro, Carlos Vallecillos Moya, Laura Buka, Isabel Rodriguez Luzon
Guidelines: versatility; cultural-landmark; permeability
Tutors: Torsten Masseck, Teresa Calix

Impressions of the 3rd 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

In the third edition of the Urban Design Hackathon, we are reanimating a world-famous dinosaur: The „Internationales Congress Centrum“ (ICC) Berlin. 

Designed by the Berlin architects Ralf Schüler and Ursulina Schüler-Witte, the the 313-metre-long building was already considered one of the largest congress centers in the world. Opened in 1979, it is a landmark of post-war German architecture and the most expensive building in West Berlin. During the nineties it became a requested and prestigious venue, hosting conferences such as the World Bank Meeting in 1988 and the first United Nations Climate Change Conference in 1995.

High operating and refurbishment costs became a threat to ICC’s future, and in April 2014, the complex was closed for renovation and asbestos contamination removal. Interim and new usage proposals have arisen, but there is still no clear architectural and financial concept. The center remains closed as of 2021 and has been listed as heritage since 2019.

Located in the Berlin borough of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, it stands on an island between highways and bridges. It is, though, directly connected to train station Berlin „Messe Nord/ICC“, which is part of the „Ringbahn“, the railway line circling Berlin’s city area. Due to its expressive high-tech architecture, the ICC was the location for several dystopian movies and is called by Berliners “spaceship” and  “Battleship Charlottenburg”.

In need of an eminent urban transformation, it is time to open up this introverted and car-focused spaceship. A significant area and the focus of the design process is the multi-storey car park at the southern end of the building. Here lies the potential for intervention and an opportunity to reanimate one of the largest and strangest structures of Berlin.

  • Located in the Westend locality of the Berlin borough of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf
  • It is 313 metres long, 89 metres wide and 40 metres high
  • One of the largest Congress Centers in the world
  • Landmark of post-war German architecture
  • Building’s aluminum facade in the style of high-tech architecture
  • It is serviced by S-Bahn station Berlin Messe Nord/ICC
  • ICC Berlin opened in 1979 
  • Designed by  Ralf Schüler and Ursulina Schüler-Witte
  • It cost more than 924 million marks (adjusted for purchasing power in today’s currency: around 1,073 million euros), making it the most expensive building in West Berlin
  • In April 2014 it was closed in order to remove asbestos contamination, and remains closed as of 2021 (it is unclear who is paying for renovation costs and there are no concepts on future usage)
  • Since 2019 the building complex is listed as heritage
  • The ICC is probably the building with the most nicknames in the Berlin daily language. The spectrum ranges from “spaceship”, “Noah’s Ark” to “Battleship Charlottenburg” and “aluminum monster”.

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: S-Bahnhof Messe Nord / ICC

Impression: Underground Messedamm

Impression: West Facade

Impression: Car Passage West – East

Impression: Pedestrian Passage

Impression: Parking Building

Impression: Messedamm

Impression: Pedestrian Bridge Messedamm

Impression: Messedamm / Neue Kantstraße

The Urban Design Hackathon is organized by the “Chair of Urban Design” of the Bauhaus University Weimar. It started as part of the “International Virtual Academic Collaboration” (IVAC) program of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). It is now funded by “Stiftung Innovation in der Hochschullehre“.


Chair of Urban Design 
Steffen de Rudder
Martina Jacobi
Pola R. Koch

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

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Deadline October 20.2023

Seminar Master and Bachelor final year Arch + Urb

20  Final Years Bachelor and Master Students
4 – 6 from each University 

Please send your portfolio to

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?

Meet & Greet

FRI 17.11.2023
14:00 – 14:15   Welcome / Opening
14:15 – 14:45   Presentation Participant Universities
14:45 – 15:30   Team Definition
15:30 – 15:45   Break
15:45 – 16:10   Team Presentations
16:10 – 16:30   Tutorial BBB / Tools
16:30 – 17:00   Q&A / Meet up

Urban Design Hackathon

Day One – FRI 24.11.2023 
13:00 – 13:10   Welcome / Opening
13:10 – 13:30   Introduction / Task
13:30 – 14:10    Input Lecture
14:10 – 14:20    Break
14:20 – 15:00   Input Lecture
15:00 – 15:30   Q&A
16:00 – 00:00   Section 1

Day Two – SAT 25.11.2023
08:00 – 12:00   Section 2
12:00 – 13:00   Feedback with Tutors
13:00 – 00:00   Final Section
00:00                DEADLINE

Day Three – SUN 26.11.2023
13:00 – 15:30 Final Presentation
15:30 – 15:45 Break
15:45 – 17:30 Discussion Round / Closing


The Urban Design Hackathon is organized by the “Chair of Urban 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 Design

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

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

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


All data on this website is for information purposes only. It does not claim to be complete or correct. We reserve the right to make changes.

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.

The Urban Design Hackathon is a 24h online workshop for international students from European architecture schools. 

Over its past three editions, we tested and successfully established a new format of digital teaching and international collaboration – despite the pandemic and without environmentally harmful air miles. Supported by technically advanced tools, the virtual room became a common ground for learning and intercultural exchange for students and academics from ten institutions across Europe. 

We invite students to develop future scenarios for obsolete structures in the urban environment. It is a novel approach, where the ugly and outdated are not simply erased but valued for their grey energy and embraced as catalysts of a resilient and sustainable further development of our cities. 

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

Gabriele Gagliardi | Bauhaus Uni Weimar

Organization | 24h Urban Design Hackathon

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

Steffen de Rudder | Bauhaus Uni Weimar

Organization | 24h Urban Design Hackathon

Architect | Professor
Chair for Urban Design
Bauhaus University Weimar

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”.