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Marcus Simaitis/Ruhrtriennale 2016

Housing for refugees and local residents

Today‘s refugees are tomorrow’s neighbours – tomorrow at the latest. Hundreds of thousands of people have recently moved to the Ruhr region from a variety of different countries. For many municipalities, the so-called “refugee crisis” is first and foremost an accommodation crisis. The task of creating new housing or making existing housing stock accessible is as much a challenge for local politicians as it is for architects and urban planners. Rents in large cities are on the increase, the vision of “accommodation for those on minimum incomes” applies not only to refugees but to many other inhabitants of the Ruhr region, statistically the poorest part of Germany. How and where can new arrivals and local residents live: together and in good conditions? We would like to discuss this – together with you.

Further information to follow.