A look into the future
Location: Kulbanekvarteret, Copenhagen, Denmark
Client: The local political council in Valby, Area Renewal Kulbanekvarteret
Service: Engagement, Placemaking
Role: Facilitating engagement and building temporary installations
In the fall 2016 we got to engage the users of the local youth club in the future of their local area, Kulbanekvarteret. Being one of the last unplanned areas in Copenhagen at the time, the Area Renewal intended to work with both physical, social and cultural initiatives, and wished to engage the youth and activate schools and youth clubs in the future development. A new park was to be the future heart of Kulbanekvarteret and the Urban renewal as well as the local political council wanted the young people’s take on the park.
So how do we get young people interested in contributing to the redevelopment? And how do we create a common language? The process was kickstarted with a study trip to give the participants inspiration from other urban spaces around Copenhagen. We then facilitated workshops at the youth club, creating an intimate and secure space to share their opinions and wishes. We designed the room as a dynamic cinema, where we drew their ideas “live” on the wall. On the ground was a giant map of the area where they could map their movements and behaviour.
From the input we built temporary installations at the youth club and the project was concluded with an exhibition of the process, where visitors could walk around and experience the installations as well as all the great ideas for the future park.
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