October 12, 2018
Residents of huge cities are getting older. They usually’re rising lonelier. In Hamburg, for example, greater than half of all households are single-person households and almost one-third of all folks dwelling alone are of retirement age. In lots of small cities and villages, in the meantime, eating places are closing their doorways, lowering the variety of locations out there to fulfill folks.
For this yr’s Social Design Award, offered by SPIEGEL ONLINE and SPIEGEL Wissen in cooperation with BAUHAUS, we’re due to this fact in search of concepts that enhance neighborly rapport.
We’ve acquired almost 200 submissions from Germany and elsewhere in Europe, but in addition from locations as far afield as South Africa, Brazil and Mexico. A jury of specialists has chosen 10 finalists, who we wish to current right here. As a result of now, it is your flip: Which of the shortlisted candidates do you assume deserves the Viewers Award, which comes with a money prize of two,500 euros?
You possibly can vote till Oct. 28 by filling utilizing the software on the backside of this web page.
The winner of the Viewers Award and the Jury Prize shall be introduced on SPIEGEL ONLINE on November 13th.
1. The Tactical Urbanists
The USA and Brazil aren’t any strangers to tactical urbanism. It is primarily based on the concept that residents’ involvement in civil planning is all the time asymmetrical: Public directors have time and experience, whereas residents have neither – however they know their neighborhoods and know the way it must be modified. So they only go forward and make these modifications, generally with official permission and generally with out.
A gaggle of tactical urbanists has now assembled in Lüneburg. After a neighborhood gathering in a car parking zone, the group got here up with plans for additional motion. The plan is what the Danish city planner Jan Gehl calls “life between homes,” the group says. “We’ll open the house between particular person buildings as a public assembly place, turning Lüneburg’s streets right into a lounge.” In 2019, the group — made up of scholars, professionals and a retiree — desires to provoke one marketing campaign a month, from an city swing to an enormous Scrabble sport.
(Listed within the voting software under as “Die Taktischen Urbanist*innen)
The Mühlenkiez, a neighborhood within the northeast of Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg district, is among the metropolis’s poorest areas and additionally it is dwelling to a whole lot of refugees housed in quite a lot of totally different lodging. The alternatives for extra established residents to come back into contact with the brand new arrivals are few and much between. So volunteers initially based the KulturMarktHalle — actually, ‘tradition market corridor’ — in an empty division retailer.
Out of that preliminary challenge got here the KulturMarktCafé, a cellular café that matches into the “tiny home” class. This neighborhood assembly house was opened in 2018 and it runs on donations, so clients who’ve extra money, pay extra. The café is operated by a younger man from Syria, giving him a job and an revenue. The KulturMarktCafé was constructed on a trailer in order that it may be transported to different places for particular occasions.
3. Waffle Love
Think about with the ability to divide your coronary heart into 5 items, then giving every bit away to make somebody completely happy. Inconceivable, proper? Nope: In 2015, a scholar in Aachen started to make waffles and provides them away. He first began handing them out to his roommates, then at main occasions. Initially it was only a good gesture however quickly, it turned political. He known as his thought, “Love is the strongest waffle.” For him, it combines “artwork, meals and politics in a humorous manner.”
The free waffles feed the homeless, make youngsters completely happy they usually put the concept of sharing into motion. The marketing campaign goals to deliver strangers collectively and provides waffle shoppers one thing to consider: How a lot of their coronary heart do they reserve for themselves? How a lot do they share with others? And: How a lot would they be keen to provide again to the waffle maker as a donation?
(Listed in voting software under as “Liebe ist die beste Waffel”)
4. Youngsters’s Lodge: A Evening Off for Mother
All of it started with a block get together. An worker of the Heidelberg-based affiliation habito overheard a dialog between a single mom and the mom of an autistic baby. They had been speaking about how troublesome it was to get even a single night time off. Not many individuals can afford a babysitter within the Heidelberg district of Rohrbach.
That dialog was the inspiration for the Youngsters’s Lodge on the metropolis’s Mehrgenerationenhaus cultural middle. The youngsters arrive at 5 p.m., are fed dinner, make stick bread over a campfire, spend the night time both inside or out in a Mongolian-style yurt and keep till breakfast. Youngsters with disabilities are welcome. Nights on the Youngsters’s Lodge are themed, from “spooky creatures of the night time” to “pirates on the excessive seas.” The affiliation plans to begin inviting refugee youngsters as effectively, to “give the children the possibility to have a carefree time.”
(Listed within the voting software under as “Mama hat frei! Inklusive Kinderhotel”)
Stuffed with postwar brick buildings, Rothenburgsort is considered one of Hamburg’s poorest districts. Absolutely 77.6 p.c of residents come from immigrant households. It would not actually have a secondary faculty — and worse nonetheless, there aren’t any plans to construct one. When the area people middle was demolished, there was abruptly now not an area for resident initiatives, whether or not it’s social counselling, advisory conferences for tenants or bicycle workshops.
In response, six architects, designers and artists from Hamburg’s College of Positive Arts prompt remodeling an out-of-use public restroom situated on a site visitors island into a brand new group middle known as Mikropol. “We’re dedicated to an open neighborhood primarily based on familiarity slightly than seclusion and isolation,” Mikropol’s initiators mentioned. They’re presently negotiating a use contract with the town.
Plug-In, the modular picket home that stands in entrance of a refugee shelter in Berlin, appears to be like not in contrast to a greenhouse. It was conceived by college students from the town’s Technical College and constructed along with refugees. “The thought of the small pavilion was not simply to create an occasion house for folks dwelling within the refugee shelter, but in addition to determine a gathering place for folks from the adjoining neighborhood,” the staff of scholars writes. “Along with organized occasions like e book and plant festivals, the pavilion will also be used at any time by the residents of the shelter for smaller personal events and celebrations.”
Development was easy and cheap. It consists of supplies that may simply be purchased on the ironmongery shop: plywood boards, screws, bolts, nuts and metal cables. The outside layer is greenhouse movie. The Plug-In challenge can simply be copied by different group initiatives in search of a roof over their heads.
Passing on data to the following era: That’s the thought behind the Swiss challenge powerAge. It is like a financial institution, however as a substitute of laborious forex, this app safeguards a wealth of expertise from folks between the ages of 55 and 80. This digital, community-operated financial institution serves folks in want of assist or assist.
The powerAge app was developed by a staff led by a Swiss administration advisor. If first collects the experience-based skills of these folks with knowledge to share. Then it matches that info with related queries and duties from the neighborhood. The third step entails setting the situations for the trade of knowledge through Pockets, Google’s private finances app. Universities from Switzerland, Austria, Italy and Hungary collaborated on growing powerAge, which has additionally acquired funding from the European Union. It’s scheduled for testing in 2019 in Basel.
The Artwork Nouveau constructing in Bremerhaven is in severe want of refurbishment. However for a collective of former college students, it is the proper place to make their challenge a actuality: They need to create a home wherein folks stay, artists work and neighbors meet at cultural occasions. The creators of RISK. say their challenge is an “oasis of creativity.”
For 2 years, they labored on refurbishment and monetary plans till they had been in a position to purchase the 1,300 square-meter constructing on this structurally weak metropolis. The initiators of RISK. have this to say about their challenge: “We’d like extra locations for artwork and creativity. Locations that are not curated by the general public sector. That is precisely the type of autonomy that’s needed for brand new initiatives to take root in districts and neighborhoods and for house to be created for the trade of concepts.”
9. Use Dorp, use Heimat
Ellewick-Crosewick is a village in North Rhine-Westphalia with 1,500 residents. It used to have medical doctors, retailers, pubs and eating places, however this infrastructure has step by step disappeared through the years. The townspeople determined to do one thing about it, so that they based the cooperative “Use Dorp, use Heimat” and took over the native pub. A couple of months later, an arsonist destroyed the challenge, however fortunately for the cooperative, the proprietor of the burned-down constructing constructed the “WIRtshaus,” a play on the German phrases for “we” and “restaurant.” After which the cooperative acquired public funding for its subsequent thought: a beer backyard within the city middle.
The idea labored: The restaurant and beer backyard have been booked for 265 occasions, together with weddings and funerals, conferences and birthdays. However “Use Dorp, use Heimat,” has extra concepts. A charging station for e-bikes is within the works as is one other assembly place for neighbors referred to as the “Pergola.”
10. City Commons
The car parking zone within the Mannheim district of Neckarstadt was a “no-go zone,” a barren place between the outdated prepare station and a reduction grocery store in a densely populated district that’s seen as an issue space. The non-profit group Pow designed a brand new utilization idea with the title Alter, which foresees a mixture of sports activities, tradition and neighborly get togethers.
That is how, with assist from the town and a challenge improvement firm, quite a lot of group areas had been created on the car parking zone over the span of three months, from a skateboard and BMX park, a kiosk fabricated from recycled lumber that rents sports activities tools, a basketball court docket, a soccer discipline, a bicycle workshop, a ping-pong desk and concrete gardening. This yr, a fulltime social employee was added. The idea is designed to broaden to include new concepts and initiators. In 2019, for example, the primary gastronomic choices will start at Alter, with meals being delivered by native eating places through bicycle courier. The entire challenge is scheduled to final three to 5 years.
(Listed within the voting software under as “Zwischennutzung als urbane Allmende”)
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