Students of the Institute for Sustainable Urbanism (ISU) in collaboration with the Architekturkollektiv Octagon explored the potentials of open spaces in Weststadt, a neighbourhood of Braunschweig built in the 1970s. The group or architects and urban designers developed a tactical urban design intervention with the aim of creating positive social impact in the area.
On Friday 24.08.2020, the workshop finialized with an open get-together „Bau-Aktion“ in which the students and mentors built an intervention in front of the popular Westpark Kiosk along with the help of 40 citizens and passers-by from the area.
The joint workshop VITAPOLIS – Zusammen Stadt machen took place from 20-25th July at the Haus der Talente in Weststadt and during outside city-walks. The neighbourhood management Stadtteilentwicklung-Weststadt supported the students to analyse and understand better the different characters of the public spaces in Weststadt, furthermore, to investigate the ideas of the residents and map qualitative challenges. Firstly the students created atmosphere maps of public spaces in search of the appropriate place for the intervention. Secondly, the students explored different kinds of materials and their properties, in addition to the possibility to save resources by recycling.
As a part think-tank, part design laboratory, commited to promoting sustainability, ISU stands for urbanism which creates a network between systems, members and forces which constitute the society. With this workshop, the Institute would like to promote direct interventions in the city, and enable communication between different actors of the planning process by conducting a participatory design to activate the city.
The students supported by ISU and Octagon invited the residents of the Emsviertel and passers-by to a constructing campaign. Everyone was welcome to join the development of a design intervention by working with carboard rolls, wooden sticks and old car tires. During the process the residents started to actively use the space, exchanged possible scenarios and wishes for future urban design projects initiating qualitative spatial development.