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Making Heimat: Germany, Arrival Country- Migration and the Importance of Affordable Housing


March 6, 2017
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Goethe-Institut Boston. 170 Beacon St. Boston, MA 02116
March 6, 2017
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Goethe-Institut Boston. 170 Beacon St. Boston, MA 02116

Peter Cachola Schmal, director of the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) in Frankfurt and curator of the German Pavillion at Biennale 2016, speaks on design solutions to the present migration crisis in Europe. He will engage in a discussion with Prataap Patrose, urban planner with the Boston Planning & Development Agency.

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Germany has taken up more than 850.000 refugees in 2015 and more than 300.000 in 2016, the figures dropping after the Balkan borders were practically closed off. The growing influx of job-seeking EU citizens which can amount to another million per year have to be added on top. After international real estate investors noticed the comparatively low prices of the German market and started coming into the country, housing costs have dramatically increased in the popular agglomerations in Western Germany and Berlin. Affordable housing is now in a major crisis, challenging the growing need for additional refugee housing concepts.

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