At present, everyone is chuffed about positive news, especially when it concerns one’s own professional environment. Booming housing construction is helping the industry overcome the corona crisis, reports the Baden-Württemberg Construction Industry Association. Private housebuilding in particular has become “an important pillar for the overall economy”. In times of crisis, say construction experts, many people appreciate their own four walls even more as an important retreat. The call to work from home and the persistently low interest rates are reinforcing this — admittedly — imposed trend. The inspiring selection of projects in this issue on the subject of living comes at just the right time. From the 100-square-metre flat in Liguria with practical and aesthetic ideas to the 2000-square-metre hunting lodge in Lower Austria, there is something for every need and budget. The student article “Sustainable
Living”, in which a team of students from TU Delft presents their contribution to sustainable rental housing concepts in the Netherlands, highlights that living has to be much more than a private retreat. In “Living for all”, housing sociologist Dr. Gerd Kuhn describes the concept of the Wolle+ Building Community in Tübingen, which is testing new strategies for integrating people from different living and income situations, social and cultural backgrounds. Die Baupiloten have converted a student residence from 1961 in Berlin’s Hansaviertel into the inclusive student housing complex Teamplayer. His residential buildings are still — or again — architectural icons: The great architect Wolfgang Döring, who died last November at the age of 86, is commemorated by our AIT columnist Dominik Reding in a very personal tribute to his former professor. A must-read — now is the time!
Petra Stephan, Dipl.-Ing.
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