LIVING ROOM @ LÜCHTTURM

In June 2018 we were asked by Lüchtturm if we would like to participate in their festival in the stadium wasteland Hardturm. We agreed right away that we also wanted to be there.

Fallow land for everyone! Three summer days of a non-profit festival for everyone to join in. Free of commerce, open for experiments and creative initiatives. Together with a wide variety of actors, we played in this urban open space.

We diverted a delivery van with material from a conversion project that would have been disposed of directly, across the stadium wasteland and thus maintained a "living room" on the large square for three days. The living room, covered by an old paraglider, offered several benches and tables including a built-in grill as well as a fan and library for the hot hours. Thus, a space for all kinds of interactions was created on the huge asphalt surface. Among other things, our "Summer chair", a kind of portable camping chair, could be built there under guidance. The whole festival functioned exclusively through collections during its entire duration.

Link to Lüchtturm

CAFÉ FOR ALL

In June 2020 we were asked by the Autonomous School of Zurich to realize a summer use of the inner courtyard. Due to the measures against COVID-19 they had to close their café on the first floor, because the distances there could not be kept. For many people, the café replaces the living room, as they live in asylum centers scattered throughout the canton, where such rooms are often lacking. It was therefore important to the operators* to find a weatherproof replacement as soon as possible so that this meeting place can function again with the measures taken.

The result is a construction planned and built on site together with the users. Our "Mother Hexagon" pavilion was used for the second time: the element construction can be easily assembled in one day. In the meantime, intensive consideration was already being given to how a covered area could be built from the material available on site: We received many tarpaulins from the Helmhaus from past exhibitions, which we were able to connect to form a continuous roof area, thus determining the size of the roof. The supporting structure consists, similar to the "transfer ferry", of three frames prefabricated on the ground, which are then brought into position with a lot of "woManpower". Trusses connect the frames with each other, the pavilion and the ramp form the two "corner pillars". Equipped with a wall panel, the roofed area could also be used as an "outdoor classroom".

The construction phase took a good two weeks and enjoyed a great deal of participation from a wide variety of people. In addition to the actual building work, the tables and benches were repainted, a garden was laid out and people got to know each other. Inclusion through collective building, through doing something together. It is amazing what such a community is capable of. The built result here almost recedes into the background.

Link to Autonomen Schule Zürich

TO ZURICH: BARRACA CULTURAL

The exhibition "To Zurich: Barraca Cultural", which we are pleased to present with Gustavo Hansson in the Helmhaus, took place from 06.12.19 - 26.1.20.

"The transformation of an artist's entire oeuvre into his house"

Together with the artist Gustavo Hansson we built the "Barraca Cultural" in the Helmhaus. The idea behind the "Barraca" is that it unites the entire work of an artist under one roof and thus consists of nothing more than that, the construction fades into the background. The art becomes a new home, a "shelter", a protection. The artist's work deals with themes that are also of constant concern to us: Migration, activism, integration, inclusion. As a walk-in art object, the "Barraca" itself becomes a place to deal with these themes; it becomes a community space where people sing, perform, dance, eat and talk to each other.

This project also continues an interest of ours to build as many different things as possible with the same material. Six months earlier, all the wood had been used as a "transfer ferry" on Lake Zurich during the Theater Spektakel. And since we took special care not to cut anything up, it could be back again next summer.

Link to Nach Zürich

ARCHITECTURE – ACTIVISM

Architecture activism at the Games.Fights.Encounters exhibition in March 2020 at the Oncurating Project Space in Zurich

During the exhibition and mediation project "Games.Fights.Encounters" we used four instruments to take action: Our first tool was the wall of "architectural activism", inviting visitors to reflect and, if possible, share their thoughts about the refugee accommodations in Zurich and the rest of Switzerland with the audience. The wall should enable everyone to think and speak out more about the current political situation in Switzerland and its impact on society. In addition, the "activism folder" and the brochures allowed everyone to delve into the subject matter.

On this wall the current topic of the "Federal Asylum Centers" was taken up: Where and how are the accommodations located? What does the environment look like in which these people will live? What rights does a person with asylum status have in Switzerland? How does our society deal with this topic, how important is it to us? What happens behind the walls and fences? And what do these people think about our society?

Our second instrument was a walk, during which we visited a former and current refugee shelter in Zurich. After the walk, we had a discussion with the visitors and our invited guests about the situation they saw. We used the discussion as a third instrument, even though we believed that we had to do more than just talk.

The second event should have been a simple but very useful action- our fourth instrument: We wanted to build a table prototype with the participants, which can later be used for amazing inclusive programs at the GZ Wipkingen at the BAZ location. Unfortunately, this event could not take place because of Corona.

Link from Games.Fights.Encounters

CONSULTANCY

Exchanging ideas, sharing information and learning from each other is very important to us. That is why we work together with different organizations, offices and communities to share knowledge and experience. Learning from each other, so that we don't have to start all over again, is important to us.

REFUGEE INTEGRATION PLATFORM

The online platform "Refugee Integration" sees itself as an open network of participants and interested parties to improve the situation of refugees. We create partnerships, arrange contacts and make successful projects visible in the areas work, education, leisure, rights and housing. More about this under fluechtlingsintegration.ch

CONSULTING COMPETITION “VULKAN”

The cooperation with the architectural office NRS took place in situ under the motto of consultation and exchange. We were invited by them to support them at the Vuklan competition in Altstetten. The competition was announced in order to develop temporary refugee accommodation in a meaningful arrangement on the...

REFUGEE INTEGRATION PLATFORM

The online platform "Refugee Integration" sees itself as an open network of participants and interested parties to improve the situation of refugees. We create partnerships, arrange contacts and make successful projects visible in the areas work, education, leisure, rights and housing.

More about this under fluechtlingsintegration.ch

CONSULTING COMPETITION “VULKAN”

The cooperation with the architectural office NRS took place in situ under the motto of consultation and exchange. We were invited by them to support them at the Vuklan competition in Altstetten. The competition was announced in order to develop temporary refugee accommodation in a meaningful arrangement on the area near the Altstetten train station. Our task was to help them with the need for indoor and outdoor spaces, so our main focus was to create spaces that would allow for a better exchange and mixing of ideas to promote community. An important aspect was the accessibility of the area for us. How do you create a better connection between the outside and the inside world and thus between the locals and newcomers?

First of all, we wanted to work together on possible solutions and to benefit from each other, because of the different experiences we bring with us. Not only the involvement of the locals but also of the migrants is important to us.

Link from baubüro in situ

ARCHITECTURE IS A HUMAN RIGHT

Emergency Architecture and Human Rights and Architects for Refugees, together with World-Architects, have launched a campaign and movement entitled "Architecture is a Human Right". We believe that architecture, space, city and the built environment play a central role in human rights. We have come together to discuss this issue, to attract and involve as many stakeholders as possible, and to develop a common manifesto linking architecture with human rights. Our goal is to make quality spaces accessible to all. We invite individuals and organizations to join us in this exciting and fundamentally important work.

Published in world-architects.com

BUILDING PROJECTS

Building brings people together and gives the opportunity to learn from each other. It helps us not only to talk about it but also to put it into practice. Only the built and directly implemented shows us if and how it can work.

CAFÉ FOR ALL

In June 2020 we were asked by the Autonomous School of Zurich to realize a summer use of the inner courtyard. Due to the measures against COVID-19 they had to close their café on the first floor, because the distances there could not be kept. For many people, the...

TRANSFER “LÜCHTTURM”

SAFFA FOR EVERYONE! The art installation Transfähre was part of the "Lüchtturm" 2019 on Saffa Island during the 40th Zurich Theater Spektakel, where a new meeting place was created for the duration of the spectacle. A lively free space for friends and strangers - without the pressure of consumption...

LIVING ROOM @ LÜCHTTURM

In June 2018 we were asked by Lüchtturm if we would like to participate in their festival in the stadium wasteland Hardturm. We agreed right away that we also wanted to be there. Fallow land for everyone! Three summer days of a non-profit festival for everyone to join in....

TOGETHER LIKE BEES PAVILION

Together like bees is a hexagonal pavilion developed together with the association ExpoTranskultur (ETK) for the intercultural weeks of "About us!" which took place in September 2019 at Stadelhoferplatz. It is modeled on a honeycomb that has been enlarged to human scale and thus represents the collective vein of...

RENOVATION OF THE “AUTONOMEN SCHULE ZÜRICH”

The Autonomous School of Zurich is well known to all those who are involved with the topic of refugees. It is committed to fighting racism and injustice and offers migrants free instruction in German, mathematics and English, among other languages. And all this on a voluntary basis and free...

A MULTIPURPOSE SHELTER

Matura work by Gian Hugi who deals with the topic of architecture, temporary construction and recycling. In the course of his work, he wants to develop and build 1.1 accommodation that is not only sustainable, simply built and adapted to individual needs, but that can also be built all...

TOGETHER LIKE BEES PAVILION

Together like bees is a hexagonal pavilion developed together with the association ExpoTranskultur (ETK) for the intercultural weeks of "About us!" which took place in September 2019 at Stadelhoferplatz. It is modeled on a honeycomb that has been enlarged to human scale and thus represents the collective vein of bees. Planted as well as with "urban knitting" covered walls stand for the collective creativity of people from our two communities. Throughout the entire duration, it has stood in the middle of Stadelhoferplatz and has provided space for a wide variety of intercultural activities. It was built in a weekly construction workshop by our community in elements that now allow the pavilion to be set up in any location within a day.

Link to ExpoTranskultur

Link to About Us!

THE BUILD-UP

THE FIRE