1st RMB Workshop: An experimental development of new residential and working Environments and typologies in Large-scale Housing project of the post-war era in Marl
28th August – 1st September 2017, Marl, Germany
DATE: 28/8/2017
In the framework of the RMB project – “Reuse of Modernist Buildings - Design Tools for Sustainable Transformations”, financed by ERASMUS+ Programme 2016, the workshop “An experimental development of new residential and working Environments and typologies in Large-scale Housing project of the post-war era in Marl" took place in Marl, Germany, between 28th August and 1st September 2017. 

Students and professors from the RMB project partners got together to develop proposals for the future of the Office Tower (Buturm) and Large Housing Project (Hüls), in Marl. The goal was to put under discussion how to transform existing large-scale housing buildings of the post-war era into new contemporary housing blocks. The region of Marl has different specific typologies in post-war housing that do not answer any more to the actual living and conditions, either in functional terms, either in constructive and comfort aspects. More and more, it is needed that most of these Large-scale Housing project typologies be re-evaluated, in order to understand its capacity to adapted to current demands. It was intended that students understand: first, the present conditions of living and housing needs; secondly, the potentials and threads of the selected buildings and their context to build models of concepts for transformation. These concepts aimed to define strategies of intervention and establish new house typologies for living and work.

Docomomo International is one of the project partners, together with the following High Education institutions, with complementary experiences and competences in the field of design methodology, practical adaptive reuse, refurbishment and improvement and policy-making on housing and urban development:

HS OWL, Detmold School for Architecture and Interior Architecture – Detmold, Germany (Coordinator);
ITU, Department of Architecture – Istanbul, Turkey;
ULisboa, Instituto Superior Técnico – Lisbon, Portugal;
Universidade de Coimbra, Faculty of Science and Technology - Coimbra, Portugal;
University of Antwerp, Faculty of Design Sciences – Antwerp, Belgium.

More about the RMB Project:
RMB wants to initiate an educational framework of common definitions, approaches and methodologies on a European level. It is based on existing research, educational practices and reference projects in the program countries and associated states. Demographic and climate chance has resulted in huge qualitative and quantitative challenges and demands for the European building sector. The need for suitable and affordable housing in the city centres and urban agglomerations is increasing and cannot, and should not, be fulfilled with new constructions only.
A major task for the building industry should be realized through the refurbishment of the existing housing stock, as well as conversion from other building typologies such as warehouses, offices and public building with special focus on the post WW2 modern era. Due to discrepancies in the European job market and employment situations, graduates are well aware of the fact that they may have to leave their country to work in a different country or to be able to work in their countries but in international projects. In several international networks Bachelor´s and Master´s students already have the opportunity to get familiar with the challenges and requirements of the global job market in the building sector. This experience related to language training, intercultural and interdisciplinary competences are very much appreciated by the students as relevant for their professional future. RMB will add an extra level to this by not only offering a coherent international study program, combining the local and the international but also by inserting in this curriculum cooperation with industry and with other institutions to investigate and solve relevant practical, technical and societal questions. Students get acquainted with industry and with praxis via internships, graduation assignments, conferences, workshops and guest speakers.
RMB will explore combinations of traditional e-learning forms, on site events such as conferences and workshops as well as extended very innovative e-learning options in digital fabrication and building integrated management (BIM). It will improve the possibilities of a remote teaching in design education which is not self-evident up till now. The results will be disseminated to a wider audience through open courses, open sources and best practice syllabi.
Since one of the aims of RMB is to combine a broad spectrum of European practises, the partners are geographically chosen accordingly. The project will run for 36 Months from September 2016.
The follow up is a Joint Master program on reuse, offered by a consortium of the five European project partners

Programme: PDF below

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