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Common Ground in a Liquid City

Which elements make a city worth living? Matt Hern writes about a sustainable urban development in which cities consist of »common spaces« and whose inhabitants actively and liquidly create common places. Using examples like Vancouver, Istanbul, New York, Las Vegas and Thessaloniki, he shows which components are important for cities to provide an environment worth living.
„In a liquid era when people, goods and capital are sloshing all over the globe we have to turn cities into comprehensible places that everyday people can actively inhabit.“ (p. 9)


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How can we break through solid structures, come unstuck from existing patterns and innovate with new ideas?
Gamestorming (Gray, Brown & Macanufo) offers a collection of tools and practices as well as many creative ideas for overcoming mental blocks and a lack of inspiration. The methods are always helpful to implement our workshops in a playful way!

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»Theorie des Städtebaus« – Dieter Frick

The structural-spatial organization of the city must be seen on the one hand from the perspective of the existing city, and on the other hand also considering the city to be planned.
In his book on the theory of urban development, Dieter Frick focuses on the structural and spatial dimension of urban and spatial planning and concretises visions and fields of action. Spatial distributions and the involved accessibility are central elements and thus a requirement for the utilisation and perception of a city.


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»Alternative Cultural Institutions in Germany: Questioning Economic Perspectives on Spaces of Creativity«

In his article, Christoph Mager discusses the qualitative separation of creative, value-adding activities and the hierarchisation of social spaces ans spaces of creativity. Furthermore he talks about the handling of cultural institutions and the cultural infrastructure in the suburban area.
Keywords: Cultural Infrastructure · Creativity · Creative Industries · Cultural Policy · Socio-Culture
Published in: Spatial Research and Planning, 2014 (Vol. 72) p. 477-489
Click here for further information.

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»Die Bürger und ihr öffentlicher Raum«

Public space is a place of political events, enables the building of social relationships and provides a framework for integration and culture. As a result, public space can create a favourable environment for more innovation, flexibility and creativity.
»Citizens and their public space« deals with cities in the interplay between urban planning, corporate interests, politics and religion as well as civic responsibility. Meaning, function and use of public spaces are core issues, as well as the importance of the design of places through citizen participation.
Published by the Herbert Quandt-Foundation.


Participation processes for environmental projects

On behalf of the Federal Environment Agency (UBA), the German Institute for Urban Affairs (Difu) investigated the participation processes of environmental projects in order to collect recommendations for action and suggestions for improvement. How can the organization and communication be improved and transparency and consistency of public participation be ensured?
»Participation in environmental projects« – Special Issue UBA 37/2017
Further information: here.

A Climate Change Day for the pupils of the Benndorf Comprehensive School

Energy and climate protection concept – local municipality Mansfelder Grund-Helbra

img_4202Early in 2016, the Leipzig Institute of Energy entrusted us with the design and implementation of the participation process as part of the energy and climate protection concept for the local municipality Mansfelder Grund-Helbra.
An important cornerstone of the participation process was increasing the awareness of children and young people of the issues surrounding climate change. The optimal location for the Climate Change Day, the Benndorf Comprehensive School had already been awarded the 2010 Environmental Award from the Saxony-Anhalt Environment, Nature and Climate Foundation and also received the certificate as a carbon neutral school in 2012.
Kick-off was on the morning of 21st June 2016. A total of 300 pupils from several educational institutions and children from different daycare centres were challenged to complete ten stations. The stations, in the form of information stands, offered many interactive activities, such as spinning the climate wheel of fortune, test driving an electric bike, and several small and large experiments for wind and solar energy. Participants were motivated to visit all the stations by having a climate cards stamped at each station. At the end of the event, each completed climate card could be exchanged for a small prize.
The event was considered a great success by the organisers and the local municipality. The aim is to repeat the Climate Change Day at the Benndorf Comprehensive School annually.

Participation Process for the Bavarian Cultural and Creative Industries: The Results Are In!

In 2015, the Bavarian Centre for the Cultural and Creative Industries tasked us with the job of creating the concept for a state-wide participation process for the cultural and creative industries, implementing the concept as well as supervising and documenting the events belonging to this project. Now the results are in. An impressive 1000 new ideas were gathered throughout the process. Starting such a broad and complex process at state level with this type of consultation and networking facilitation is something that has never been done before. Doing so enabled the Centre to better tailor its programme to target the needs of cultural and creative entrepreneurs in Bavaria. This ensures that offers and formats are really suitable and relevant to the target audience – freelancers, sole proprietors and small businesses require different types of support than, for example, well established medium-sized enterprises.

The results of the state-wide participation process for the Bavarian Cultural and Creative Industries are available here.

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Participation Process in Kiel: The Results Are In!

The state capital of Kiel was the first municipality in Germany to develop a programme for a participation process that engaged stakeholders from the cultural and creative industries. The Kiel Business Development Corporation (KiWi GmbH) entrusted us with the complex task of supervising the process. In addition, we were responsible for creating a workshop devoted to the topics of new spaces, consultation and forms of financing for those working in the cultural and creative industries. The process lead to not only allowing previously existing networks and initiatives to be nurtured, but also gave rise to participants connecting with one another who are keen to actively implement future projects.

Now the results of this participation process are available. The Kiel Business Development Corporation (KiWi GmbH) has put forth the document Creative Kiel- A City in Dialogue on the Development of the Cultural and Creative Industries. The authors of this publication conclude, “One cannot arbitrarily steer these growth processes. One can, however, keep a finger on the pulse of their development and sensibly offer support.”

View the publication in the original German here.