Emma Koch // Mannheim

The potential of Mannheim to transform forgotten spaces into socially and economically engaging places as a tool for the integration of its diverse, transient communities.

The project uses entrepreneurship and micro industry as an engine of integration by providing a platform for skill, language and economic advancement. Aiming to tackle social barriers to integration through participation by providing places for different types of people to meet which encourage communication and cultural exchanges. A place for refugees, migrants and non-migrants, for the 60 minute engager, the 6 month engager and the 6 year engager in order to maximise interaction and transition. Key themes of permeability, diversity and a spectrum of spaces, derived from research into a guidance framework for the transformation of vacant spaces into places which would aid the integration of migrant communities, informed key programmatic and architectural approaches.

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