[GER] open space / freedom collectives

Freiraum Kollektive is a multidisciplinary platform which aims to empower those who traditionally would not have access to architectural decision-making to have a say in how their built environment is shaped.

As a non-profit organisation we work with diverse communities to develop architectural prototypes, events, workshops and exhibitions. We act to encourage knowledge sharing and women's empowerment in the construction industry and our members network spans some of the world’s most politically isolated regions. 

Freiraum Kollektive was formed in Bangladesh during 2014 to initiate Capturing the City (Dhaka), a discussion that was widely attended by planners, activists, architects, educators, students and members of the public. 

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Hannah Wood, Architect

Hannah Wood is an architect and writer based in Copenhagen, Denmark. When not working with Freiraum Kollektive Hannah runs her own architecture studio which focuses on domestic projects. Her monthly column for Archinect explores developments in architecture within wider cultural and political discussions. She completed her MA Architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2016 and her BA Architecture at the University of Sheffield in 2012.

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Katharina Manecke, Architect

As an architect Katharina Manecke sees herself as a facilitator to catalyse the design capacities of a community and transform their ideas into an architectural language. Katharina currently works as an advisor for ILCA, a green infrastructure project of GIZ in Jordan.  She has worked globally, amongst others for UN-Habitat’s Participatory Slum upgrading programme in Kenya and the Syrian centered NGO Heritage for Peace. She completed her MA Architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2017 and her BSc Architecture at the Bauhaus University Weimar in 2012.



  • To champion sustainable development within the framework of the UN SGDs, exploring the connections between the goals to champion sustainable development.

  • To promote a stewardship and betterment of the built environment with a focus on underprivileged communities, irrespective of religious or ethnic identity.

  • To provide practical construction knowledge and design tools to facilitate architecture production through an active community participation design model.

  • To document and preserve the vernacular construction knowledge of marginalised communities, with the aim to integrate this understanding into the future built environment.

  • To design with a sensitivity to the cultural and architectural heritage of an area and and awareness of  the social and environmental impacts of each proposition.

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