Im feierlichen Rahmen überreichte Ihre Majestät Königin Silvia von Schweden den Erskine Award 2017 an die Delegation des Spinelli-Projektes. Der Preis ist mit 10.000 US-Dollar dotiert. Stellvertretend für das gesamte Team waren der Bürgermeister der Stadt Mannheim Lothar Quast, Tatjana Dürr, Prof. Stefan Krötsch, Prof. Andreas Kretzer, Sandra und Nele Gressung, Tobias Kohlstruck, Sascha Ritschel, Arved Sartorius und Tobias Vogel nach Stockholm gereist, um die Auszeichnung in Empfang zu nehmen.
Motivation by the Board of the Foundation
The 2017 Erskine Award honours a process an engaged group of participants and an outstanding aesthetic achievement. Today's migration turbulence is placing decades of European values of consensus and established praxes under threat. The Spinelli Community Building in Mannheim Germany takes a stand for an inclusive way ahead.
The realization of this poetic and flexible structure has been achieved by the help of a wide spectrum of German society. Students of architecture and staff at the University of Kaiserslautern have led an enlightened and carefully conducted process. In collaboration with 25 refugees the municipality of Mannheim local non-government organzations industry and civil society the students have managed to create a space that brillantly mirrors the hands-on building process and the experience of collaborative endeavour. In its one-year existence the Spinelli Community Building has proved that the physical means for successful reception and integration require more than just premises for eating and sleeping. The community building is a place for organized and spontaneous meetings a retreat and an arena where the refugees housed in nearby former military barracks can meet with one another as well as with the citizens of Mannheim.