Gera, New Centre
Who is, who makes the city?
Despite its prominent location and significance for the city, the vast inner-city site has remained unused for 15 years. In 2015, new ideas for the site were developed as part of the EUROPAN 13 architecture competition for young architects (Topic: ‘The Adaptable City’) as well as a series of workshops with local citizens and guests from Germany and abroad. An exhibition of the design proposals in the KuK in Spring 2016 attracted 3500 visitors and more than 500 questionnaire responses, placing Gera’s New Centre firmly in the public eye.
The next step for 2017 is the formulation of a development framework, the ‘Rahmenplan plus’, based on the results of public participation processes and questionnaires with the city and its citizens. 12 key areas have been identified and detailed in a brochure published on 22 October 2016 to coincide with the urban flashmob, a temporary public art event organised by the artist collective Zuloark from Berlin. Despite the rain, hundreds of citizens from Gera occupied the site, transforming it into a sea of coloured umbrellas.
The ‘Rahmenplan plus’ will clarify the future urban design and development of the site. The ‘plus’ signifies the important role of public participation in the project. A master plan will then follow from this. Prior to the start of actual building works, a curator will develop ideas for temporary uses and activities on the site in which Gera’s residents can make active and experimental use of the site in the interim period.
Dr. Bertram Schiffers
Phone +49 3643 90088-14