Conclusion Project Space and Blind Date in Kaiserslautern (DE)

THE OTHER CITY –  vacancy in the shopping street

Wonderland – platform for european architecture, Vienna (AT) and MESS GbR, Kaiserslautern (DE)  joined forces and invited international and local architects to debate the current vacancy in the shopping streets of Kaiserslautern and find new concepts for the shops of tomorrow.

Blind Date in Kaiserslautern

Wonderland combined in Kaiserslautern (DE) the events Blind Date and Project Space to focus on strategies, ideas and concepts to reuse the vacant shops in Kaiserslautern.
For their second Blind Date MESS GbR (DE) hosted bauchplan ).( (AT) in Kaiserslautern. MESS GbR installed an exhibition of the Call contributions for the Project Space Kaiserslautern 2011. Bauchplan ).( on the other hand transformed the Architekturgalerie Kaiserslautern and it’s streets with their artistic installation “Pflücke deine Stadt”. With a plastic film they wrapped information material and fresh fruits as well as nuts on the public street and in the gallery.  The audience was invited to pick a fruit and be aware of the space and the personal needs. Additionally a public dinner was staged on the shopping street of Kaiserslautern by the Blind Date matches MESS GbR (DE) and bauchplan ).( (AT).

Project Space Kick Off, Workshop and Presentation

Project Space workshop participants were selected with an international call for ideas and were namely raumspielkunst (DE), 711LAB (DE), Licia Soldavini (DE) and edenLAB (DE). Régis Lemberthe (FR) decided ad hoc to join and contribute to the workshop.
The adventure lasted for 3 days and 4 nights, were all team members worked together to ensure the exchange between each other. As an introduction bauchplan ).( presented their various concepts and projects in various cities and regions of Europe. They stressed out the importance of the public participation, urban gardening and farming for a healthy and sustainable development.  The city tour and research on field occupied the first day which was followed by the workshop launch lectures at the Architekturgallerie Kaiserslautern, moderated by DI Timo Amann / MESS GbR (AT) held by Bahanur Nasya, Head of Organisations wonderland (AT), Anna Lugbauer / Blind Date Assistant wonderland (AT), DI Maximilian Vollmer / TU Kaiserslautern (DE), DI Oliver Hasemann and DI Daniel Schnier / ZZZ ZwischenZeitZentrale (DE)

the image shows a participant enjoying the food cooked on the multipurpose furnitureTwo days were allocated for the workshop process, held at the gallery, ending with a final presentation on the 27th of September evening.
As a result a multifunctional “dream space table” was constructed, where the occupants of a shop can read, cook, exhibit, eat, drink, write etc. The teams came to the conclusion that conventional shops need to enriched by non commercial and temporary functions. For this reason, a shop might not only have one but multiple users. In order to handle various users, a kind of week schedule was displayed on the window of the Architekturgalerie Kaiserslautern. For various activities the space of the gallery could be “borrowed” for a certain amount of time.  Numerous citizens made use of the galery’s offer and some inquiries for the “dream space table” riched already during the public final presentation the organizers.

Co-operation partner: MESS GbR
supported by: B.M.U.K.K./Vienna (Bundesministerium für Unterricht, Kunst und Kultur) 

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