The Craft Yard – a Master Thesis jointly supervised by Eike Roswag-Klinge (Natural Building Lab, TU Berlin) and Tatjana Schneider (TU Braunschweig) – aimed to re-think the biodiversity of an existing courtyard within a “Berliner Block” as a living habitat, a social and ecological open space in Schöneberg.
The existing protected ensemble of ‘Maison de Santé’ is a chosen site of inquiry as a standstill and fragmented with conflict of interests despite its multilayered historical claims in subverting the top-down processes. The future vision for this project is proposed within the framework of the existing European Environment Commission (EEC): Biodiversity 2030, the habitat & bird directives, farm-to-fork, ecosystem services, and green infrastructure strategy.
The program for the Craft Yard is evolved through a wish pool created by interviewing the inhabitants & Initiatives in the neighborhood. An Association of an already existing bottom-up institution and significant historical pioneers is proposed. Four themes of Local – Biodiversity, Craft – Practice, Actor – Solidarity and Knowledge – Resource forms the base for a future program, collaborations and sustainable growth as a process for the overall site