Urban Flashmob Gera im Oktober 2016 Logo

Urban Flashmob Gera im Oktober 2016 Logo
2016 eroberten die Geraer Bürger ihre Fläche mit einem 'Urban Flashmob', einer Kunstaktion des Büros Zuloark. Bei strömendem Regen kamen Hunderte mit bunten Regenschirmen. Drohnenaufnahme: Björn Walther

Gera, New Centre

Gera, New Centre

Who is, who makes the city?

In Gera, representatives of the city’s administration, citizens, private initiatives and businesses are joining forces to shape the development of the city’s largest vacant inner-city site adjoining Gera’s Congress and Cultural Centre (the KuK – Kultur- und Kongresszentrum). In the spirit of collective responsibility, the City of Gera and the ‘Ja – für Gera e.V.’ association partnered to become an IBA Candidate in 2014. Gera’s New Centre proposes reactivating the site as an active part of the city, establishing a new relationship between urban green and architecture to create an attractive, pleasant and high-quality environment.

Foto: Thomas Müller

Geras Neue Mitte ist das größte Stadtentwicklungsprojekt seit der BUGA Gera-Ronneburg 2007.

Foto: Thomas Müller

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
Project director

Phone +49 3643 90088-14