Step 1

Agreeing on intensions, goals and responsibilities

At the beginning the two key questions have been:

What are the interests of the people at this phase of their flight? How can people improve their situation themselves? And people in Katsikas developed the plan to build a ecxiting and inspiring room for lessons and events following the example of a geodesic dome designed by Richard Buckminster Fuller.

The next step was to set goals and "milestones" that are to achieve, and to clear up responsibilities as well as to assign the parts. Soon a team was built that coordinated the individual steps and jobs for the participating people in the collective process and took responsibility. Ala'Aldin, Ahmad and Qussai, three young men from Syria, assumed an essential role by being a core team committed to the project from the idea to the completion of the building.

 A main issue in the project Habibi Dome was to find opportunities to apply one’s own competences in a completely foreign country. In their home countries all participants had applicable knowledge, education, jobs, were employees, professionals, entrepreneurs, or went to schools, studied, supported their families, and created communal life. In Europe in a country with unknown language and culture most of the times the context was missing to use one’s professional and social skills.

Another concern of the Habibi Dome project was to commonly create a situation and basis for working open to everyone. Altogether a collective framework was built only made possible through involvement of everyone.

Contact: Franziska Wirtensohn, Michael Wittmann