Migration, Education

dbXchange Network Europe


Who is behind this?

Nina Pawlicki

CoCoon Studio



Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

The dbXchange Network aims to spread DesignBuild as a tool to facilitate the access to educational practices in Europe for newcomers. By undertaking building projects from design to construction DesignBuild is offering initiatives of civil engagement the possibility to get access to design and planning services provided by students and academics. The project includes 3 DesignBuild studios in Spain, Italy and Germany assisting local refugee initiatives creating and establishing their own space.

Where will your idea take place?

Madrid, Spain I Naples, Italy I Köln, Germany

Why does Europe need your idea?

The divergent attitude against refugees menaces the European idea and ideal. Civil society is split - the possibility for refugees and citizens for sharing 'normal life' activities is hardly given.

Space and ventures of learning, working and living together are scarce but essential to get in dialogue, exchange expertise, loose fears and gain mutual respect.

The wish and potential of the newcomers to actively contribute and become part of social life is great but lacks possibilities.

What is your impact?

Through the three DesignBuild Studios a starting and entry point to educational facilities as integral part of integration work will be created for newcomers to Europe. Thus a mutual understanding between citizens and refugees will be pushed further. 3 real places will be designed, build and established providing local initiatives the possibility to grow. Together with the appearance and monitoring on the platform, they will serve as a most tangible outcome to spread the idea further.

How do you get there?

In 3 project locations in Italy, Spain and Germany three building projects will be developed and designed for local refugee initiatives with the assistance of educational institutions. On each location a team of newcomers, students, academics and craftsmen will then built and realize the project spaces in a workshop format. Through the actual process of conceptional and physically working together on a tangible outcome networks in the workshop team will be tied and strengthened.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

The project aims to actively engage newcomers to Europe in educational practices. It also aims to actively engage students and academics in the process. The workshop includes craftsmen, volunteers and initiatives of civil engagement.

What makes your idea stand apart?

The project combines interdisciplinary and intercultural work with integrative practices and - it has a real tangible and physical outcome. Apart from the creation of individual and institutional networks inclusive spaces will be created that may serve as a starting point in the co-production of more inclusive and socially sustainable neighborhoods.

€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 150000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Building and Workshop Costs, Staff Costs



Idea created on March 9, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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