The construction of housing is one of the fundamental tasks of architecture and urban development, and communities are playing an increasingly important role in it. Yet how, and indeed why are more and more people building and living in communities? How does this phenomenon show, and what can architecture and building culture achieve in this context? All over the world buildngs are constructed, which provide answers to these questions – by building projects, cooperatives or housing associations. The underlying idea of community sets new, high quality standards.
“At Home: Building and Living in a Community”
September 12, 2015 – 28 February 28, 2016
Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM)
Schaumainkai 43, 60596
There are many reasons for this trend; primarily, flexible concepts of life and altered family structures, which cause a change in lifestyle. In a kind of retro move, ‘society’, ‘taking care of one another’ and social networks are more appreciated. Added to which there is the wish to be able to actively influence one’s own life situation. The residents plan, develop and build together, and/or they manage and live in a community. Thereby are three basic elements: the conjointly owned real estate, be it its design or the move to an existing building, and in it the possibility of encounters and personal responsibility for living together. There is no magic formula for building and living in a community. And living communally is not everybody’s thing. Yet it is worthwhile taking a look at the range of models with individual living quality for totally different needs, as well as at the opportunities for shaping cities this form of living entails.
“Such places can foster social cohesion, promote integration, and influence urban districts as a result. This is desirable not least with regard to demographic change.” -statements by Annette Becker and Laura Kienbaum, who curated the exhibition- “We would very much hope that an increasing number of people take up the idea of shared living: be it local authorities and investors, private developers, tenants or architects. We found it to be an extremely robust model that can be adapted to countless different wishes and settings, which is why we believe it will be the future norm in residential living.”
The exhibition focuses on 26 structures that have been built throughout the world. They respond with different concepts to changed life plans and diverse locations. Using innovative planning and construction processes, solutions are developed that are geared directly to the residents’ wishes and requirements. The structures exhibited on individual project tables are accompanied by an archive of further projects, which address various themes, and contain different forms of ownership.
The exhibition also provides a host of background information on financing options and legal forms, on previous projects and the history of joint living, on the requisite (planning) stages a conjointly living project involves, and on points of contact. Further sources of information are listed in a library.
The exhibition seeks to outline the potential different types of shared residences offer urban planners and enable the long-term successful realization of the relevant residential projects. Alongside different information offerings, it will concern itself with model urban projects and a large number of exemplary German and international building projects. Transfer of the knowledge gained by experience will illustrate how building and living together can impact favorably on urban and district development.