Architectural Design Workshop — Migrating the City: Scales and Models of User-Driven Habitats

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Migrating the City is a summer design workshop of the MIT School of Architecture + Planning, in collaboration with the Technical University of Berlin/Institute of Architecture, and held on the premises of Aedes Network Campus Berlin/Aedes The Metropolitan Laboratory. The workshop will be held in Berlin, Germany for two weeks (July 20 -Aug. 3, 2018) and an additional week at MIT (Aug.27 -Sep.3). Final presentations with guest critics at MIT in mid-September.  Hosted by the Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory a group of 7 MIT and 7 TU Berlin students will collaborate in teams and work individually for the duration of the workshop, touring projects and sites across the city, meeting with architects, city planners and local stakeholders and engaging in a design-research project. Student flights and accommodation will be covered by the workshop, which will be credited as a 9 unit course towards Fall 2018.

This workshop asserts that the current upheavals in economic, political, and social structures through technological, geopolitical and environmental change render fixed concepts of the city and the citizen problematic and limiting. Migrating the City undertakes to sensitively reground architectural programs and typologies in a post-urban landscape, reorganize procurement processes and production technologies, and reshape models of development, land tenure, and governance in ways that mobilize and forge active communities, including those users previously excluded from the legal privilege of citizenship and its spatial counterpart, the city.

Integrating research on policy, procurement, financing, and governance models into an expanded framework for design, Migrating the City sets out to explore how self-organized user-collectives may appropriate and develop alternative housing typologies. Visualization of proposed strategies will be given considerable attention. We are looking not only for emancipating ways of representing our findings, prospective stakeholders, and proposals that set them in relation to each other, but also for argumentative and authoritative visuals that resonate equally strongly with local politicians as with potential users.

Motivated, curious and qualified master of architecture, urban planning and SMArchS students are encouraged to apply by April 20th by submitting a short CV (with description of relevant skills), portfolio of work and a short statement of interest (up to 250 words), to ekeller@mit.edu and rsegal@mit.edu

Summer travel

July 20-August 3, 2018