Refugee Research



The intention is to house a few refugees at a time in dignified buildings, right in the middle of society. This should be no more than 1-2 families at a time, who can then be housed in appropriate one- to two-family homes.

Social relevance

The decent housing and distribution of refugees will already serve in the short term to facilitate and improve the integration of the numerous asylum seekers. Integration comes more easily with such small groups and increases acceptance by the rest of the population.


In the cities, there are undeveloped partial areas on private land. Utilizing these areas is an opportunity to accommodate large numbers of refugees. These areas could be partially built on with temporary housing, i.e. housing existing for about 2-7 years.


The project focuses on creating temporary housing for refugee families in a social context. These are small buildings with manageable apartment sizes.


Construction, as well as deconstruction, should ultimately be at least cost-neutral for the property owner. The initial construction financing of each residential property is carried out by the respective property owner, the public sector, associations, public interest groups, etc.
The financial incentive for the property owners to get more from the provision of their property or building could be, for example, additional rental income, a reduction in property tax or similar.


Parts of the problem are explained by the discrepancy between public and private land ownership. Either the legal ownership of the houses lies with the municipalities, the cities, or the state; or the legal ownership of the houses is private and the municipality or city takes over the vulnerable rent. Thus, the ownership of the land is usually private, but the use becomes public.
Furthermore, there are various legal frameworks that need to be clarified in the context of additional temporary residential development on already developed land. This requires an examination and, if necessary, determination of legal framework conditions for infrastructural developments such as water, sewage, gas, telephone connection, etc. If it is possible to connect the new residential properties to the existing infrastructure of neighboring buildings or properties, it remains to be clarified what the legal and technical framework conditions are here, also with regard to the billing of ongoing maintenance costs.