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

The Re-use of Modernist Buildings (RMB) project, financed by ERASMUS PLUS, organized the 4th RMB Workshop with the theme of “After the Military has gone”, which took place between 12th and 16th May at Detmold School of Architecture and Interior Architecture, Detmold, Germany and counted with the participation of several students from different universities.

In this workshop, students were able to develop concepts and strategies for an ex-British military housing quarter in Detmold, Germany. Through the adaptive reuse of the existing buildings, new typologies were developed in order to 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.

For this workshop a total of 40 international Master students were selected, 4 – 6 from each university, to form different working groups. Each group was constituted by students from the five partner universities of the RMB project and tutors that supported the team work. Each international team worked on a specific architectural typology.

A photo report is now online at RMB´s Facebook page.
To know more, please visit the RMB website
Check the workshop post in the PDF below.