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Berlin Award 2016; Photo: Alexander Palm / Getty Images
Photo: Alexander Palm / Getty Images

Berlin Award 2016 - Heimat in der Fremde

Call for projects

Currently, 60 million people the world over have fled their homes. The dimensions of the refugee movement are becoming a major challenge for big cities in particular, where these displaced persons must be accommodated and provided for, given work and integrated into society in large numbers and in a short time. For this reason, it is necessary to quickly create adequate living space and interfaces between this living space and the urban realm in order to facilitate participation in urban life from the outset.

The Berlin Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment is sponsoring the international Berlin Award 2016 – Heimat in der Fremde. This Award recognises innovative projects for accommodating refugees. The main goal of the Berlin Award 2016 – Heimat in der Fremde is to contribute to improving the quality of life of refugees through innovative projects. The successful integration of the projects in their urban context is an important part of this goal.

We are looking for innovative planning concepts and realised projects. Project contributions can be submitted by architects, planners, or planning teams as well as by owner-builders, project developers, community initiatives, institutes and operators. Project contributions must be possible to realise or already have been realised. It must be possible to adapt submitted projects to the requirements effective here in Berlin.

Conception and overall coordination


Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung und Umwelt, Berlin
Abteilung Städtebau und Projekte
Referat II D – Architektur, Stadtgestaltung, Wettbewerbe
Brückenstraße 6
10179 Berlin

Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung und Umwelt, Berlin
Team Kommunikation
Württembergische Straße 6
10707 Berlin-Wilmersdorf

In cooperation with

Deutsches Architekturmuseum

The Jury

After preliminary examination, project contributions will be submitted to a jury for appraisal and decision. The jury will nominate approximately 10 projects in each of the two categories and select up to three prizewinners from these.

The jury session will take place on 31 May 2016.

The members of the jury are:
  • Regula Lüscher, Director of Urban Development, Berlin
  • Oliver Elser, Curator, Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt a.M.
  • Donatella Fioretti, Architect, Berlin
  • Jörg Friedrich, Architect Hamburg / Hannover
  • Cagla Ilk, Architect, Berlin
  • Dr. Mamoun Fansa, Historian, Berlin
  • Dr. Philipp Misselwitz, Architect, Berlin

Project Awards

Prizewinners and nominees will receive certificates and their projects will be shown in an exhibition and a publication. In addition, we intend to involve Berlin Award 2016 participants in comparable future projects of the state of Berlin, with due consideration of the provisions of procurement law.

The German Pavilion at the 15th Architecture Biennale

This Call for Projects is being launched in cooperation with Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM), the general commissioner of the German Pavilion at the 15th Architecture Biennale in Venice. DAM will select a number of project contributions and include them in the Refugee Housing Database on www.makingheimat.de and in the list of sources for the German Pavilion, where they will be displayed as brochures in DIN A3 in the exhibition "Making Heimat. Germany, Arrival Country".

For the publication of project contributions in the DAM publication, the conditions of use as specified in the declaration of rights of use in the appendix apply.

Ownership and author’s rights

Submitted documents become the property of the sponsor of the Award. The author's rights and the right to publish the projects remain the property of the participants.

The sponsor of the Award is entitled to document, exhibit and publish (also via third parties) the planning contributions following completion of Award proceedings without further remuneration. In such cases, participants will be named.

Declaration of authorship

With their signature under the declaration of authorship, participants assure that they are the intellectual creators of the project contribution.

Summary of deadlines

28 April 2016
22 April 2016
31 Mai 2016
Spring 2016
Spring 2016