About

CoCoon is a sector for planning, design and construction in an intercultural and interdisciplinary context. It combines teaching, research, practice and networking. It creates awareness of the social and cultural implication of doing architecture.

CoCoon promotes sustainability and social engagement in the production of living environments. CoCoon is dedicated to the DesignBuild-methodology, fostering academy to dedicate knowledge as service for the community. CoCoon is associated with university departments as well as nonacademic organisations and experts.

CoCoon was founded in April 2005, based on the experiences of the  ‘Praxisseminar Mexiko’ 2000-2004 and the seminar ‘Students Building in Kabul’ 2003. CoCoon is collaborating with Habitat Unit at TU Berlin and forms a GbR (Gesellschaft bürgerlichen Rechts).

 

Teaching: CoCoon offers seminars in design, construction and documentation for students related to the built environment. CoCoon is both initiator and collaborator in different international and interdisciplinary academic exchange programmes. It assists student lead-research and stimulates intercultural exchange. CoCoon embeds the principles of the United Nations World Decade of “Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)” in its work.

Research: CoCoon investigates praxis-related forms of architectural education, bridging the gap between theory and reality. CoCoon conducts research regarding vernacular building techniques and analyses its contextual, social and sustainability relevance for contemporary architecture.

Practice: CoCoon is dedicated to the construction of buildings and open spaces as part of the academic education. It offers students the chance to experience some of the greatest challenges of doing architecture in the field. The work is based on interdisciplinary, international and intercultural cooperation.

Networking: CoCoon believes in the high outcome of “service learning” and offers a cooperation base for execution projects, seminars, exchange of knowledge, people and contacts for academia and society. CoCoon directs the development of the interactive dbXchange network.

Contact

CoCoon-Studio GbR
Leykestrasse 14
DE 12053 Berlin

at  Technische Universität Berlin
CoCoon – Contextual Construction
Sek. A4
Department of Architecture
School VI Planning Building Environment
Straße des 17. Juni 152
D-10623 Berlin

+49 30 314 29647
info[at]cocoon-studio.de

Team

Ursula Hartig

Ursula Hartig founded CoCoon in 2004. Since march 2017 she holds a professorship at the University of Applied Sciences in Munich. She became a research fellow at the Department of Architecture, TU Berlin in 1997. Since 2001 she has been a project manager and director of TU Berlin‘s DesignBuild Studios including planning, realisation and documentation of buildings and environments in Mexico and Afghanistan. Since 1987 she worked as collaborator and project manager in different Architecture offices in Berlin. She holds a Master in Architecture (Diplom Ingenieur) from the Technische Universität Berlin.

 

2017- ongoing    Professor for planning an building in a global context, University of Applid Sciences, Munich

2013-2016   ‘European DesignBuild Knowledge Network’, research project of the European Union, Erasmus Mundus program, director, TU Berlin

2012    ‘DesignBuild-Studio: New Ways in Architectural Education’, first international encounter of DesignBuild-Studios and their network partners, curator and director

2004-2013   Tenured teacher and research fellow, founding of CoCoon

1997-2003   Teacher and research associate, undergraduate courses and DesignBuild studios

1990-1997    Freelance Architect, collaborating architect in several architecure offices in Berlin

1990   Diploma in Architecture at the TU Berlin

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Nina Pawlicki

Nina Pawlicki has been a member of CoCoon – contextual construction since 2011, she has been a teaching and research associate at the Department of Architecture, Technische Universität Berlin since 2013. In 2009 she participated in CoCoons DesignBuild-Studio  ‘Praktikumsseminar Mexiko’, where she works as project manager and construction supervisor ever since. She has a wide range of experiences from working as a freelance architect for different architecture offices. Nina studied architecture at the Technische Universität Berlin and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

 

Since 2017   Natural Building Lab – structural design and climate adapted architecture, Prof. Eike Roswag-Klinge, Department of Architecture, Technische Universität Berlin: teaching and research associate

2013-2016   ‘European DesignBuild Knowledge Network’, research project funded by the European Union; co-initiator

2013 – 2017   Habitat Unit – Chair of International Urbanism and Design, Prof. Dr. Philipp Misselwitz, Department of Architecture, Technische Universität Berlin: teaching and research associate

2012    ‘DesignBuild-Studio: New Ways in Architectural Education’, first international encounter of DesignBuild-Studios and their network partners; co-initiator

2011    Diploma at the Technische Universität Berlin

Simon Colwill

Simon Colwill has been a member of CoCoon – contextual construction since 2007. He studied “Landscape Architecture” at the University of Greenwich in London and moved to Berlin, Germany in 1995 where he worked as a freelancer with a focus on landscape design, town planning, detailing and design competitions. Since 2004, he has been a teaching and research associate at the Department of Landscape Design and Construction at the Technische Universität in Berlin, supervising many study projects and seminars in the bachelor and master’s program. He has been involved in a number of DesignBuild projects in Mexico, Bolivia, Egypt and in Germany.

 

2014 – 2018   ‘Landscape Architecture and the Time Factor’, Research Projekt funded by the DFG (German Reasearch Foundation) at the Technische Universität Berlin

2013-2016   ‘European DesignBuild Knowledge Network’, research project based at the Habitat Unit, Department of Architecture, Prof. Misselwitz, Technische Universität Berlin. The project is funded by the European Union, Erasmus Mundus program.

2013   Founding of Landscape Architecture office OpenSpaceStudio, OSST-Berlin

2012-2013   Lecturer at the department of Landscape Design and Construction, Prof. Loidl-Reisch, Technische Universität Berlin

2006-2012/2013-2016   Teaching and research associate at the department of Landscape Design and Construction, Prof. Loidl-Reisch, Technische Universität Berlin

2004-2005 Lecturer at the department of Landscape Architecture, Chair of Presentation und Design, Prof. Trillitzsch, Technische Universität Berlin

1995-2006   Employee of various Landscape Architecture and Town Planning firms in Berlin

1994   Diploma at the University of Greenwich, London

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Former members

Valentina Rojas Loa M.A. —  International networking, research associate

Dr. Frank Hassenewert — Research and teaching

Anne Seidel — International networking

Karina Flores Flores  — Student assistant, Latin-America

Gabriela Looke —  Student assistant, Latin-America

Tim Sedlmayr — Student assistant, Middle-Asia/North-Africa

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Network

Scientific Cooperation

TU Berlin, Habitat Unit, Chair of International Urbanism and Design, Prof. Dr. Philipp Misselwitz, TU Berlin

TU Berlin, TEK, Fachgebiet Tragwerksentwurf und -konstruktion, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Rückert, TU Berlin

TU Berlin, Fachgebiet für Landschaftsbau/Objektbau, Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Cordula Loidl-Reisch

 

Acetsam, Area de cooperación de la escuela técnica superior de arquitectura de Madrid; Madrid, Spain

Archintorno, Associazione di promozione sociale; Naples, Italy

Dalhousie University,  Coastal Studio, School of Architecture; Canada

GUC, Research Group Sustainable Urbanism, Nile Island Initiative, German University Cairo,  Architecture and Urban Design Programme, Egypt

HNE Eberswalde, Hochschule für nachhaltige Entwicklung Eberswalde, Fachbereich Holztechnik

UNAM, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Facultad de Arquitectura, Taller Max Cetto; Mexico D.F., Mexico

UC, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Facultad de Arquitectura; Santiago de Chile, Chile

VDB, Verband Deutscher Betoningenieure

Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien), design.build, Austria –

ZRS, Ziegert Roswag Seiler Architekten Ingenieure; clay construction

Clients and Client Organisations

Community of Santa Maria Natividad, Zaachila, Oaxaca, Mexico; Schoolbuildings and outdoor classroom, play facilities (2010)

Organizacion de Mujeres Unidas NAXIÌ, San Jeronimo Tecoatl, Oaxaca, Mexico; Women Cooperative for foodproduction and -processing and qualification training. Project: Jam Manufactury (2012)

Cooperativa de Mujeres TREIG, Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico; Women Cooperative engaging in community development and production of micro-cement-roofing tiles. Projects:  Workshop (2000) CEFOCOM Community Center (2001, 2002, 2003) Contact: tejatreig@hotmail.com

Fundación Cultural Rodolfo Morales,  Ocotlan de Morelos, Oaxca, Mexico;  Cultural Foundation, Projects: Restauration of a Church Roof in Mudejar Style (2001), Restauration of a retable in the Church of Santa Ana Zegache (2001), Marketposts for Santa Ana Zegache, Music-School for Children (2003), Stage and Outdoorkitchen for the Musicschool (2007)

Guiu Llte Luch Nanabane, San Antonino Castillo Velazco; Women cooperative for health care and indigenous medicine. Projects: Casas de Salud, Temazcal, Zisternes, Garden (2004, 2005)

Über den Tellerrand e.V.

Union de Mujeres Campesinas de la Mixteca Alta UMCAMIX

Municipio de Zaachila

Strategic Support

VFFA,  Verein der Freunde und Förderer der Architektur

C.A.M.P.O , Centro de Apoyo al Movimiento Popular Oaxaqueño

Fundación Cultural Rodolfo Morales

Prof. Dr. Dieter Kronzucker

Casa Colonial

Citambulos

Financial Support

STO Stiftung

Adveniat

Die Sternsinger

DAAD

Hilfswerk der Deutschen Lions e.V.

Deutsche Botschaft Mexiko

Rotary Club Wiesbaden Nassau