SPACEmaker!

06/06/2012

An Intervention by Students from RWTH Aachen University and the Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences

 

On June 17, 2012, with the help of two-piece wall panels, eleven students from RWTH Aachen and the Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences will become “SPACE makers.” At nine sites in the City of Bonn, using two-meter high lightweight constructions, the students will create temporary changes in the urban landscape that reflect on the specific situation of the location.

Refashioning Traffic Spaces

The students create 1:1 pictures which have a strong audience appeal . Traffic spaces will be refashioned into temporary free spaces, labyrinths and moveable city spaces will be created, and pedestrian flows redirected. In this way traffic participants and pedestrians will realize how much the city is characterized by car traffic.

Also, the campaign illustrates in how many ways the city can be “used” beyond being a site for motorized traffic.

The aim of the SPACEmaker! campaign is to draw attention to inner-city traffic and to start a dialogue with interested citizens. The activities will start at 12 noon in front of Bonn Central Station, move along several locations in the city, and end at 3 pm at Berliner Platz.

The nine spatial choreographies were conceived by students of city planning, architecture and process architecture under the direction of Professors Florian Kluge und Willem-Jan Beeren from Alanus University and Ulrich Berding from the Chair of Planning Theory and Urban Development at RWTH Aachen University.

The SPACEmaker campaign was started as part of the AKTION_BAUKULTUR initiative, which will take place in twelve German cities from June 16-17, 2012. Further “interventions” will be carried out, for example, in Berlin, Dresden, Hamburg, Hannover, Munich. In this way, the participating artists seek to draw attention to weaknesses in city traffic planning. Wait times, noise emission, safety risks: often, public spaces are “no go areas” to be avoided if possible.

The Federal Foundation for Baukultur (“Bundesstiftung Baukultur”) supports these interventions to promote improved traffic planning in Germany. As Michael Braum, Chair of the Executive Board of Baukultur, puts it: “The design of traffic spaces is still a neglected area – with unhappy consequences. We just do not take the necessary time to consider comfort and aesthetics in our traffic planning activities.”

The interventions mark the beginning of the “Baukultur 2012: STATTVERKEHRSTADT” convention, scheduled to take place from June 17-18, 2012 in Hamburg.