competition for ideas and realization for modular / industrially produced prefabricated living space
Starting position: The lack of
so called “affordable living space” in urban centers / cities and the so-called “refugee crisis” will sooner or later cause increasing tensions because of increasing supply shortages – jobs, welfare
budgets of communities etc.
The “clash of civilizations” – the fear of foreigners complicates many things a lot. Things, which are essential for the integration of new-arrivals.
A fundamental challenge for urban and regional planning per se.
The FAZ edits on September 6th , 2015: “The time of architects – for refugees hundreds of thousands of houses need to be built. Domestic building also decides about the country’s future. Where are the great designs?”
In the ZEIT one day ago a title said:” “Yes for prefabricated living spaces!" In the refugee crisis affordable living spaces are becoming even fewer. What to do? Lowering living standards! That asks the Berlin based architect and editor Philipp Meuser in a talk. Shall we even return to prefabricated living spaces?”
In a first reaction on the government report about housing benefits and rents 2014 the leader of the “Central union of the German building industry (ZDB)”, Felix Pakleppa on Nov. 1st, 2015 says: “The only thing gainst increasing rents is building more… but not for 2500 Euro / m2”.
The ZDB estimates with the help of a study edited by the Hannover based Pestel-Institute for the next five years: “Germany needs 400.000 new apartments every year.”
Also the Federal Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Dr. Barbara Hendricks already invited to a summit talk of the building and housing industry, where the challenge of “integration instead of Ghetto formation” was emphasized.
And – the Düsseldorf based Social Democratic member of parliament Andreas Rimkus reports on his homepage on November 5th, 2015: “New support programs for apprentices’ and students’ apartments starting.”
Thus something’s quite moving in the country.
Further the Düsseldorf based real estate agent Dr. Wulff Aengevelt says in a ZEIT-article with the title: “Refugee Accomodations – the Gold Mine”, the more attractive the kind of accommodation and the place also for other groups of society are, the more independently the question, how many refugees really will stay can be answered. That speaks out for preferably normal houses. And that way against an own asset category.”
Conclusion: A smart forward-looking retrospective on the “social market economy” would mean, that Building + Planning = Integration + Participation shall take place without maceration of minimum wage etc. – that the legislative authority recognizes, that problems / challenges have to be tackld together – for the good of all participants – in the sense of functioning “competitive lawmaking hierarchies” between union (Bund), Federal State and Communities.
Proposal for solution: In an open, European wide invite for tenders – a competition for ideas and realization the best concepts for modular / industrially produced prefabricated living space shall be awarded and developed as sample inventory up to productivity.
Targets – regarding structural engineering – building and planning laws – economy:
Targets – socio-economically – ecologically – politically economically – migration politically:
The competition shall be part of multiple processes of activation – on the field of modification of existing areas and buildings – as keywords here shall be mentioned the themes “reconstruction backlog” and “structural change” – as much as in the “socio economically and ecologically sustainable” new site development of areas – new building. Multiple systems of incentives that way shall be proved and brought to application for tackling these challenges.
Ultimately it’s about nothing less than “social peace” in a country, which because of its history and its demographic profile urgently should prove new forms of integration and inclusion of people of any social and ethnic origin.
Also the subject “equality of educational opportunities” and access to education facilities shall be mentioned here in this extended sense.
Solutions shall invigorate „Resilience“ – the capacities for resisting impacts and for learning of cities and regions – and the people living there and in between. Problems interpreted as challenges shall be tackled together.
The extension of educational opportunities and the creation of basic elements of services for the public for anyone – housing and living space and work places generally account for each other. A society, which perceives these scopes for design and develops the will for morphogenesis has learnt some essential lessons from its history and call itself happy.
For getting back here to my work at Kabul 2009 / 10:
There we actually were shortly before reactivating the old Soviet housing factory, where once about 7000 people had worked. For an urgently needed sewage system, functioning in a decentralized manner – a “sustainable urban water management” for Kabul and soon then also other places it soon would have required many more jobs and apprenticeship opportunities.
The country would look differently today.
As a conclusion now at this juncture (early December 2015) shall be said: Of course I am not authorized for announcing or calling for bids for such a competition. It’s more about integrating many so-called “multiplicators” – reaching from the architectural associations of the Federal States via their Secretaries of Housing and Urban Development, charities and professional associations etc. to private curators and real estate agents and correspondingly sensibilize them in regard of the necessity of finding common pragmatic strategies.
Nonetheless this shall happen actually quite promptly – in regard of deficiencies and many other factors hinted to here:
Also the production of building-set like systems – “affordable living spaces”, developed by 5-7, maybe also 10-12 or more teams of winners of the competition shall ideally already early 2017 be on track. Then these housing units shall be ready and applicable for industrial production in the framework of sample catalogues. The adaption processes in Federal building laws shall then likewise be set off simultaneously – within then hopefully “competitive legislative hierarchies” between the Union and its Federal States. Relations, which then shall functionally be organized in a more programmatic way.