4. RMB-Student-Workshop: Internationale Gäste zu Besuch in Detmold

"After the Military has gone" - unter diesem Thema steht der vierte RMB-Student-Workshop, der zurzeit an der Detmolder Schule für Architektur und Innenarchitektur  stattfindet. Dazu sind am Samstag, 11. Mai 2019 23 Studierende mit ihren Professoren und Professorinnen aus Coimbra (Portugal), Lissabon (Portugal), Antwerpen (Belgien), Istanbul (Türkei), Belgrad (Serbien) und Karachi (Pakistan) angereist. Insgesamt nehmen 43 Studierende an dem internationalen Workshop teil, darunter auch 20 Masterstudierende der TH OWL.

Nach den RMB-Student-Workshops in Marl (Deutschland, 2017), Coimbra (Portugal, 2018), Istanbul (Türkei, 2018) findet der vierte und letzte Abschlussworkshop des "Reuse of Modernist Building"-Projekt in Detmold vom 11. bis 16.5.19 statt. Das Projekt "Reuse of Modernist Buildings" (RMB) wird von der EU finanziert und dieses Mal von der TH OWL unter Leitung von Prof. Michel Melenhorst organisiert und unter Begleitung der Wissenschaftlichen Mitarbeiterinnen Anica Dragutinovic, Janine Tüchsen und Theresa Kellner durchgeführt.

Topic: Over the last 10 years, most of the British Army in Germany returned to the UK. Since the start of their presence after World War 2 they occupied existing barracks, build new ones and also build quarters for their soldiers. Many of those barracks and complete housing quarters are left empty now. In most cities and dense urban region, it is not a problem to find new owners, new uses. In less populated regions with different dynamics, this is a much more challenging task. For the barracks in Detmold, step by step, new users are found. For the former soldiers and their family's dwellings, this is much more difficult. The city of Detmold is considering demolition for the part of the former British settlement. A pity, not only because an important part of Detmold´s history will disappear but also since both the structure of the apartment blocks and the row houses are flexible enough to allow for more contemporary forms of living and dwelling. Besides, the quality of urban space and green has a lot of potentials. In the workshop, students will develop concepts and strategies for an ex-British military housing quarter in Detmold, Germany. Through the reuse of the existing buildings, new typologies will be developed that will better meet contemporary housing needs and update the neighbourhood as a whole. Experimental, innovative, inside out and, lateral design thinking will be encouraged. The development of strategies of how these approaches can be put to work in a real project is an inseparable part of the workshop's end results.

Workshop Themes: During the one-week workshop, students were working on following topics:
- The growing and shrinking house - it can easily adapt (also in size) to changing demands
- The young and old house, different generations living together
- The non-family house (flat-sharing communities, student housing, boarding house)
- The productive house (combining living and working)
- The living apart together house (steady relation, different places to live)
- The house-house (the classical one family house, freestanding or row, with garden)

Program: In the workshop week, 43 students participate; they come from the RMB-partner universities, but also students from Belgrade and Pakistan Universities participate. Students work together in groups complied of students from different schools and nationalities supported by a group tutors with equally heterogeneous backgrounds. Discussed are contemporary housing needs versus the potentials of the selected case study to accommodate these needs in a reuse project. The workshop program opened on 11th of May with a RMB-transnational-project meeting. Members of the RMB-Consortium met and discussed the latest topics, progress and finalization of the project.

Background: The "Erasmus+"-project Reuse of Modernist Buildings (RMB) is a cooperative project of five universities and one non-governmental-organization (NGO) from Europe (Docomomo International), and one international associate partner (The Energy and Resources Institute, India). The RMB-project, which is coordinated by Technische Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe, is aiming to initiate a European Master Program. The teaching program focusses on technical, conceptual and social aspects of Modern Movement Architecture from the post-war period, and investigates on technical and conceptual adaptation of buildings and areas, improvement of living conditions, and general acknowledgment of modernist housing areas.

Contact: Theresa Kellner, theresa.kellner(at)th-owl.de or Michel Melenhorst, michel.melenhorst(at)th-owl.de