The workshop took place in the district of Marzahn, located on the outskirts of the city. Here, a refugee camp initially set up as an emergency shelter is now one of the largest accommodations for refugees in Berlin. The workshop engaged with this context through the ‘experimental construction site’ known as Stadtwerke mrzn, which was initiated by S27 in Summer 2020 as a model campus for the new citywide urban practice network. Stadtwerke mrzn utilises artbased methods to explore how local residents can gain agency to transform both their livelihoods and the spaces where they live. The workshop asked how art and architecture can contribute to building local resilience in the context of migration and social exclusion – particularly during the current global pandemic.

The international workshop was part of DESINC LIVE, a cooperation project of the four universities: Politecnico di Milano, Italy, University of the Arts Berlin, KU Leuven, Belgium, The University of Sheffield/ London Metropolitan University, UK as well as the civil society initiatives Refugees Welcome Italy, Architects without borders (UK) and the association for the promotion of youth culture ‘Schlesische 27’ in Berlin.

Supported by the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership program.