The right of every person to „adequate housing“ is enshrined in Article 25 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations. For many people across Europe, however, affordable housing is nowadays a rare commodity. Promoting and enabling state-supported housing construction makes a decisive contribution to a just society. What can state-subsidized housing construction look like today? Which concepts are necessary? These questions are important, since adequate housing is not only a question of land distribution, financial feasibility, stabilization of rents, but also a question of living concepts, urban and district design and a contribution to a sustainable building culture (Baukultur).
In 2016, the former M: AI (Museum of Architecture and Engineering)–now the Museum der Baukultur–designed an extensive exhibition and catalog on the subject. The exhibition also addressed the social housing construction program in Germany in the 1920s, which has remained exemplary up to this day.
Ursula Kleefisch-Jobst, art historian, since 2008 general curator at M: AI, Museum for Architecture and Engineering in North Rhine-Westphalia, since 2019 Museum der Baukultur. Curator and Editor together with Peter Köddermann and Karen Jung of the exhibition and catalog „Alle wollen Wohnen. Gerecht–Sozial_Bezahlbar“–“Adequate housing for everyone. Fair–Social–Affordable “
Peter Köddermann, historian, founding member of the M: AI in 2005 and since 2019 program manager of Baukultur Nordrhein-Westfalen. Curator and Editor of the exhibition and catalog „Alle wollen Wohnen. Gerecht – Sozial _ Bezahlbar“–“Adequate housing for everyone. Fair–Social–Affordable“.
Since 2019 the M: AI has been part of the new state initiative for building culture in North Rhine-Westphalia (Baukultur Nordrhein-Westfalen) and is now called Museum der Baukultur. The concept of the museum is to design exhibitions on current issues of architecture and urban planning for varies locations. We want to increase the public’s awareness of our current challenges for our built environment.