A new future for an unloved architectural legacy <<

Akronym Zukunft baukulturelles Erbe
Funding Wüstenrot Stiftung
Request for Proposal Direktvergabe
HFT project director Prof. Dr.-Ing.  Christina Simon-Philipp
Project Staff B.Sc.Arch, M. Eng Karin Hopfner
Project partners -
Duration 01.01.2012 - 31.12.2012
Project description This project was set up in order to carry out and support research initiated by the Wüstenrot Stiftung (a charitable foundation) under the working title “A new future for an unloved architectural legacy”. The many residential estates built in Germany from the 1950s to the 1970s were designed as a bricks-and-mortar foundation for growing prosperity, economic security and the overcoming of social inequalities. Many of those estates now demonstrate that this optimistic stride towards a new society was hampered by the actual developments that followed and doomed to failure in a number of key areas. In many cases, they have in fact become a focal point for social and economic problems which must now be solved if the estates are to survive. Any assessment of the estates in question that deals with deficits and problems alone is to be regarded as wholly inadequate – not least because the housing they provide is quantitatively indispensable and therefore needs to be properly classified, developed and differentiated. The project will therefore systematically analyze means of identifying examples of best practice in the regeneration of estates built from the 1950s to the 1970s, and in particular concepts which offer them a new future as residential areas offering a high quality of life to a variety of sections of the population.