RMB Workshop - After the Military has gone
12th – 16th May 2019, Detmold, Germany
DATE: 12/5/2019
After the RMB Workshops in Marl (Germany),  Coimbra (Portugal) and Istanbul (Turkey) now is time to work in Detmold.

The Re-use of Modernist Buildings (RMB) project, financed by ERASMUS PLUS, has organized the 4th RMB Workshop with the theme of “After the Military has gone”, taking place between 12th and 16th May at Detmold School of Architecure and Interior Architecture, Detmold, Germany.

In this workshop, students will develop concepts and strategies for an ex-British military housing quarter in Detmold, Germany. Through the adaptive reuse of the existing buildings, new typologies will be developed that will better meet contemporary housing needs and update the neighbourhood as a whole.

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 also 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 families dwellings, this is much more difficult. The city of Detmold is considering demolition for the larger 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 rowhouses are flexible enough to allow for more contemporary forms of living and dwelling. Also, the quality of urban space and green has a lot of potentials.

Students working in Detmold will get online assistance from peer groups of students in Coimbra/Lisbon/Antwerp and Istanbul. They will feed the Detmold groups with cases and examples, also make designs for parts of the overall projects (i.e. kitchen, layout, windows, garden/green) and act as critical reviewers to the project.

For this workshop a total of international 40 Master students will be selected, 4 – 6 from each university, to form different working groups. Each group will be constituted by students from the five partner universities of RMB project and tutors that will support the team work. Each international team will work on a specific architectural typology and will have a tutor from Istanbul, a second from one of the four other universities.

To apply, please visit website
Check the workshop post in the PDF below.