“Space for More”: Living Labs with Media Art

23. May 2022 — 31. October 2022

"Was wäre wenn...?" - Ideenskizze Passagehof, Foto: Gehl

Within the framework of the urban project “Öffent­li­cher Raum und Mo­bi­li­tät Innen­stadt” (ÖRMI) [Public Space and Mobility Inner City], a unique opportunity opens up to design mobility and public space differently in an experimental setting.

With the help of two Living Labs, new mobility practices, use scenarios and the redistribution of street space will be tested. If successful, such pilot projects can make an important contribution to the mobility revolution and more environmentally friendly everyday behaviour.

Passagehof and Karlstraße
For a limited period of time, the Passagehof (23 May – 18 July 2022) and the northern Karlstraße (18 July – 31 October 2022) are to be made more attractive, pedestrians are to be given more space and the quality of stay is to be increased. To achieve this, it is planned to avoid car traffic as far as possible. With the exception of local residents, delivery traffic and a few exceptions, both areas will be closed to motor traffic and public parking spaces will be eliminated.
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The newly gained space will be upgraded and made available for use by residents, neighbouring shops and restaurants, as well as cultural and educational initiatives. Attractive places will be created in the heart of the city that invite people of different ages to linger and show the potential that lies dormant here.

Media art in public space
Media art works within the framework of the UNESCO City of Media Arts make a new experience possible and transform it into a place of urban art and culture. The Living Labs will be scientifically accompanied and evaluated by the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences. Successful measures are to be made permanent in the medium term.

City invites participation
Since the redistribution of street space creates room for everyone, the city invites residents, neighbouring businesses, interested private individuals, institutions and associations to register new and creative uses for the vacated traffic areas. These can be activities and events, from neighbourhood picnics to small concerts. Exhibitions or readings are just as conceivable as art installations, performances, play or movement activities for children and adults. Click here for the event registration form (only in German).