In 2010 the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation invited young people in the age of 16 to 21 from Germany and elsewhere in Europe to find new identities and alternative usages for spaces in the city through experimentation and in case studies. The objective was to foster creativity through self-organisation and independent action, to encourage exchange between the city and its inhabitants. Our venues included empty shops, squares and houses, decommissioned railway tracks and overgrown riverside areas. We took an interdisciplinary approach to our work and artists, architects and designers lead the workshops.
Change your city – change your life!
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Ralf is to the river Mulde what Fitzcarraldo was for the Amazon. They come together here in the “Amazonasbar”, a bar on the banks of the river Mulde, which links the city with the natural environment. In the famous film, Fitzcarraldo attempted to pull a steamship over a mountain. Was that really necessary? Yes! Because mountains must be climbed in order to discover the limitations of both the mountain and its conquerors. During the summer workshop, it is for you to decide what your mountain is and what your means of conquering it will be: to cross the river Mulde in a raft, to mix a cocktail with 15 ingredients in a sugar-rimmed glass, to persuade your teacher onto the dance floor…
ANDREAS HAASE is cofounder of the company COMPLIZEN PLANUNGSBÜRO, Halle (Saale). His work deals with architecture, communication and urban development.
1, er…, 3 and 4. Dessau’s tram system does not have a “Linie 2“. We will bring this decommissioned tramline back to life in order to establish a link between the city centre and the north of Dessau. And while we see-saw the tram trolley along the tracks until we can go no further and then transfer to alternative means of transport (skateboard/scooter/rickshaw/cable car), we ask ourselves: how does sustainable mobility fare in the city? How will we move around in the future? What, other than waiting, can be done at platforms and stops? The time to wait is over: it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty.
ELKE KNÖSS-GRILLITSCH, PEANUTZ ARCHITEKTEN. This architecture office deals with all kinds of architecture. Their work is characterised by a strategy known as “Tuning“, which is applied small and large interventions with diverse usages.
Too many car parks in too many cities – and our job is to finally put them to sensible use: by filling the parking spaces with self-built one-person vehicles powered by cordless screwdrivers. Because all of these have to be charged up, we need a solar “filling station”. This is then also used to charge the music systems and to cool drinks. The cosmos that we create generates energy for Dessau, so that the city too can recharge its batteries. Are you a driver, a builder, an energy expert or a chiller-filler? Your drive, rather than your ability, is the most important thing, because the group Amt 8 Herr Mayer is at hand to assist with technical details.
No matter where you are from or how things are there, home usually gives us a good gut feeling – sometimes one that you first notice when you are not there. So that we’re not caught unawares, we explore what it is that gives us this feeling: a particular poster on the wall? Mum’s spaghetti? The route to school, which we can do with our eyes closed? Our “Living Lab” delivers concrete findings. We explore the roots and roofs of life in high-rise housing, villas, family flats in Dessau and elsewhere. Every day, we set up a new living environment and document the process in a photo story. What life stories does an empty space harbour? What is life like in a jungle? What do you need to feel at home, and who says that living should be a private affair?
ANDINE MOSA, qualified engineer (interior design), and architect ANNE-LAURE MELLIER are members of the architecture office RAUMLABORBERLIN.
We print out own labels: “Made in Dessau – powered by Toulouse’, for example. We are explorers of this city, with a rucksack full of international provisions. We collect old and new German wares, sew and glue them with French yarn and sell the resulting one-offs and production series through Polish hands. Everything we come across is given a new role. We modify newly bought objects and breathe new life into found objects. We develop and build our own sales platform. The result is an international shop with international products. Do-it-yourself!
BRIGITTE HARTWIG is Professor of Communication Design at the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, (FH) Department of Design.
Coming soon on this site: The new 30-storey building of the University for Interpersonal Relationships! Prohibited area! Controlled demolition of the main railway station at 10.30 a.m. tomorrow! No entry! Flamingos breeding here! Rumours can become true. A deliberately false rumour can become a piece of information. Our rumour mill will occupy an empty shop in the city centre in order to draft construction site signs, to design posters and to fabricate sensational stories. With audaciousness, irony and sharpened pencils, we will manipulate public opinion, create a wild goose chase with self-made diversion signs and distribute breakfast-time love letters.
STEFFEN SCHUHMANN and CHRISTIAN LAGÉ are cofounders of the design studio ANSCHLAEGE.DE of Berlin. They are experts in unconventional communication and in interventions in the public sphere.