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.