13 square meters
[kamil bembnista, ayham dalal]


30.06 — 17h15
→ casa comum, Q&A with director
[15 min, doc]

competition programme
session #communities

In 2015, Berlin received thousands of refugees over night. To accommodate them, new types of refugee camps called “Tempohomes" were constructed and new typologies of shelter were designed. In this short documentary, the notion of the refugee camp as space of “care and control” is explored and gives a provocative perspective on the meaning of shelters today, and how their issues are linked to everyday architecture in cities and the production of mass housing. By juxtaposing the initial design of shelters to refugees’ rearrangments of space, the documentary questions the role of architecture: how can we offer displaced populations a better conditions to dwell? Can shelters be spaces of “care” without “control”? How can architecture empower people to express their culture, background and identities in camps and beyond? Within these camps, how did refugees navigate the meanings of a “home”, and how did the camp managers responded to refugees’ appropriations?
The film “13 Square Meters” weaves a tapestry of contemporary topics that deal with the ideas of displacement, space, and architecture while opening up the discussion on the similarities and differences between refugees’ shelter design and the production of modernist mass housing in cities.

languages: arabic, english, german
subtitles: english