Since 2009 the ZZZ – ZwischenZeitZentrale Bremen is engaged with vacancies in Bremen and initiates, supports and attends temporary uses. On July 22nd the ZZZ organized a talk and a workshop at a former factory for sausages and cold meat called “Könecke”, in Bremen Hemelingen. Based on the EU project TUTUR (Temporary Use as a Tool for Urban Regeneration) this evening was all about collecting ideas for vacant places and uncultivated land in Hemelingen.
TUTUR & URBACT
TUTUR is part of the URBACT Project which is launched by the European union, located in Paris. URBACT aims to encourage the exchange of experience between European cities as well as the activation and distribution of knowledge concerning sustainable urban development. Therefore, the ZZZ cooperates with partners in Rome (I) and Alba Iulia (RO) and shares their knowledge gathered in the past four years. Besides Rome and Alba Iulia, there are more cities that profit from the TUTUR project by observing the process: Graz, Vienna, Amsterdam, Milan, Budapest, Pecs and Novi Sad.
Within the framework of TUTUR, Hemelingen was chosen by the ZZZ to be the main project area. The ZZZ is going to engaged in Hemelingen even after the project TUTUR expires on March 15th 2015. At least until the end of August 2016 the ZZZ plans to launch projects, pass on knowledge and reactivate vacant places. A first opener is the international art project BAY-WATCH, a platform for temporary architecture in the harbor of Hemelingen by artist André Sassenroth.
Local Support Group – Setting on Tuesday July 22nd 2014
The event was visited by around 60 people from Hemelingen and the surrounding neighborhoods. At several tables the participants exchanged views about vacant places and possibilities in and for Hemelingen. Some already had certain ideas for temporary uses, some just wanted to inform themselves. Since the event was held at the Könecke area, it was easy to explore the factories possibilities concerning possible temporary uses right away. The advisory committee, the city marketing and the district management as well as the economic promotion Bremen (WFB) and the city planning (SUBV) were represented. All participants shared a common interest in the district’s development and the will to support changes in Hemelingen. The positive atmosphere helped to develop interesting approaches and ideas for temporary uses. Questions tackled where such as: “Where are vacant houses and areas located? How could these places be used? Who could launch projects and ideas? What are the needs in the district?” Answers and ideas could directly be written down on tablecloths made of paper. People were rotating, so that each participant got in touch with each question. Tubs, former used for sausage deliveries, are still stored in the hangar. The tables, chairs and speaker’s desk were arranged within the free space inside the hangar. Participants were well provided with tofu sandwiches that appeared to be a persiflage at first sight: vegan snacks in a former sausage factory.
The evening was divided into two parts. The first part offered a theoretical input concerning temporary uses, the second part was the workshop part in which people explored the practical aspects of temporary uses. After the address of welcome by the members of the ZZZ (Sarah Oßwald, Oliver Hasemann and Daniel Schnier) the invited speaker Jan Kampshoff from modulorbeat (Münster) gave a talk about “Schnelle Räume” (“Fast Spaces”). By reference to practical examples of his work, Jan Kampshoff illustrated how temporary interventions and installations can shape and influence the perception of spaces. In a second input the ZZZ presented the EU project TUTUR and the district Hemelingen which was chosen to be the key project area. As a starting point for future development, vacant places in Hemelingen have been ascertained in advance. To create a common basis for all participants in the workshop existing potentials, links and possibilities for support were also examined. The method “world-café” was applied: Participants discussed in small groups at each table a certain aspect for 15 minutes, then tables were switched. The particular aspects were the following: places, actors, needs and ideas in and for Hemelingen. Afterwards the results were presented in the plenum.
The workshop brought up specific ideas and approaches as well as further questions that have to be tackled. The evaluation of the results helps to define further proceedings. In August and September 2014 conversations with potential project partners will be initiated on the basis of the gathered results. The aim on the one hand is to identify projects that can be launched within the upcoming weeks and months. On the other hand the focus lies on taking care of ideas that need a rather long-term preparation.
To give these projects a reliable framework, there will also be conversations with the property owners in which concepts for temporary uses at the Könecke area will be highlighted. Moreover it is essential to get in contact with owners of vacant places on Hemelinger Bahnhofsstraße and on Hannoversche Straße.