The choices that shape the city

– what values will strengthen the city and how do we create them?
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Shopping malls, public transport, offices, culture - what values characterize the city and make us want to live in a particular neighborhood? How do we measure these values? Some are easy to measure in money, others almost impossible. What raises the price of land and housing in an area, do the same factors make us happy?

ZwischenZeitZentrale (ZZZ) are active in – the with German standards poor city – Bremen. By finding new, temporary uses for abandoned buildings in the city they breathe life into neighborhoods that are falling asleep. An old government building becomes a cultural center and a large, abandoned business premise becomes offices and studios. They involve the residents in the area and find people whose ideas they help to realize. Premises and districts come to life, the value rises and new job opportunities are created.

Goethe-Institut, toghether with Färgfabriken, invite you to a conversation about values and priorities in the city. Meet activists from ZZZ, Jonas Frejd from YIMBY Stockholm and Catherine Thorn, researcher at the University of Gothenburg.

The conversation is moderated by Maria Lantz, director of the post graduate program “Art & Architecture” at the Royal Institute of Arts in Stockholm, where they focus on urban development.

Panel: Michael Ziehl, ZwischenZeitZentrale 
 Jonas Frejd, YIMBY Catharina Thörn, University of Gothenburg

Moderator: Maria Lantz, the Royal Institute of Arts.

This seminar is one of two arranged by the Goethe-Institut in cooperation with Färgfabriken. Part two is called Who makes the decicions about the city? 
 - Co-determination and democracy; should everybody be allowed, and does everybody want, to have an opinion? It will be held on 27 November at 2:00 p.m.

15 nov 2011


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