Temporary interventions in public space as border crossings in planning processes?

Power of the performative
Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
Prof. Dr. Barbara Schönig
Uta Merkle
Professur Stadtplanung

The "Real-Time Architecture Competition" 72 Hour Urban Action for the redesign of public spaces in Jena-Lobeda, which celebrated its climax in May 2019, set itself the goal of networking local actors and creating new points of reference for neighborly coexistence in the large housing estate Lobeda within the framework of "participatory urban planning" and in creative contrast to the "otherwise static and lengthy processes". In its self-descriptions, the repeatedly tested, interdisciplinary format of "tactical urbanism" thus took up images that can often be found in current attributions to temporary interventions and formats of performative participation in public urban space.

Against this background, the planning project of the 5th and 7th semesters of the bachelor's degree course in urbanism at the Bauhaus University Weimar, by master's students and international exchange students, posed the question, among others, of what contribution such formats can make to overcoming various hurdles in planning and participation processes that are perceived as rigid, excluding and static. Focusing on the obvious, current process in Jena, but also examining various examples from cities such as Stuttgart, Cologne or Bat-Yam, approaches to performative planning at the interface of "urban planning, art and cultural production" were examined from an urban planning perspective and their potential for urban development was explored.