Instructor: Johanna Meyer-Grohbrügge
The city of Berlin is not only the capital of Germany but also its vibrant cultural center. It has always been a heterogeneous patchwork of various districts and neighborhoods. There is no real city center. The abundance of historical traces as well as contemporary development create multiple, fluid layers. One cannot read or understand Berlin without wandering around the city, exploring anew and anew. This studio is concerning itself with one of the most urgent political and social question of today’s society: Migration. With a increased number of refugees and security risks, the government efficiency getting became lower and lower. A much-needed house of welcome in city center is need be designed. The site is located in the east of Alexanderplatz, close to various public transport stations (U-bahn, S-bahn and M). No adjacent buildings in context, which itself is an open attitude as well. The new House Of Welcome-Berlin is among other public amenities providing rooms that can be rented by the Lageso, the BAMF, the Arbeitsamt (employment center) or other governmental services upon need. It also is a place of information about all the possibilities that the new arrivals have, where and how they can apply for jobs, housing and other kind of supports. It should be their first starting point. It should not only provide new capacities but be a welcome sign. It should give the people orientation and a first place to turn to. It is not only for refugees and those seeking asylum but be for all people that come to Berlin and want to stay, also those applying for citizenship, students and temporary visitors.
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