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[GER] open space / freedom collectives

Freiraum Kollektive is a multidisciplinary platform which aims to offer those who have limited access to architectural decision-making to have a say in how their built environment is shaped. We work with diverse communities and charities to develop site-specific architectural prototypes, events, workshops and exhibitions. We work to encourage knowledge sharing and women’s participation in the construction industry and we have experience running participatory workshops and seminars. While we have a core team, we are named “collectives” as we form a local team of collaborators around each project we take on.

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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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.

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  • 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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