A strategy to unlock social utility in obsolete functionalist architecture
Berlin, has always been a nexus of temporal, geographical and cultural events, provides a wide backdrop for our interest in the role of Architects within a changing context and offers a provocation to react.
The project envisions the slow transformation of the Haus der Statistik located Alexanderplatz by assembling a team of builders with expertise in Electrics, Plumbing, Joinery, Horticulture and Computing that could mentor groups of aspiring Bachelor graduate Architects would form the basis of a new ‘School of Architecture’.
The School would occupy the derelict a and the curriculum would consist of its renovation. A phased revitalization of the old parts would encompass a series of short-term occupancy that’d kick-start a public utility for the place.
The end result is a transformation of the entire building and its successful social reintegration. The student would graduate and the School would move on to its next location, with a new cohort of apprentices.
The idea aims to combine a utilitarian attitude to building reuse, and the establishing of a new architectural interface. One where the Architect works for and with the users directly, and redefines their role as agent of change – as designer, labourer and social entrepreneur.