STADT AUFMÖBELNSTADT AUFMÖBELN
*(The literal translation would be “Re-furbish the city”. The German word “aufmöbeln”, however, has two connotations: (1) to bring something (back) into a better condition and (2) to revive)
A bench is there to sit on. That’s its purpose. That’s what it was built for. But if this bench is placed in public space, it can do much more than that. It livens up a place. It offers a place to rest. It leads to random encounters. But it can also displace, erect boundaries, restrict the scope for action. Although the German term “Mobiliar” (furniture) derives from the Latin “mobilis” for mobile, urban furniture usually stands for the opposite: uniform and immobile elements. These are subject to legal norms and strict regulations in terms of design and use.
What forms can and should urban furniture take? Is it just about sitting down or can it also contribute to new qualities of public space? How does urban furniture react to certain places, environments and their qualities? Does it promote exchange between people? Can it create mutual respect in a neighbourhood? Does it encourage participation and appropriation? Does it strenghten cohesion? Does it create new meeting places?
The platform „Stadt aufmöbeln“ seeks undiscovered possibilities of urban furniture. Collective interventions explore potentials – and give rise to ideas on how open spaces can be (re)conquered together.
The project is based on the Social Design study „Eine urbane Knautschzone mit Potential“ and repsonds to its findings. The study deals with the use of public space in a neighbourhood between Prater and Danube in Vienna’s second district. An above-average number of children, young people and people over 60 live in this area. They are once again the focus of “Stadt aufmöbeln”. The platform seeks exchange with international projects, collects and shares experiences.
Public space is the essence of every city. It is what makes a city. It gives a city its character, flair and freedom. It is where people meet, exchange ideas, encounter others – or not. Public space is where they get to know the unknown, the unexpected and the new – or not. It is an existential part of our everyday life. As a place of social behavior, public space makes a decisive contribution to the quality of life of every individual. It can improve the lives of city dwellers – or not.
Urban furniture plays a decisive role in this regard. It is more than just a structural element in public space: it can facilitate social exchange and spaces for experimentation and thus promote coexistence and cohesion.
With the platform “Stadt aufmöbeln”, we call on people to refurbish the city together. Public space should be a place of participation and encounter:
Text: Christina Schraml
|cookielawinfo-checkbox-analytics||11 months||This cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. The cookie is used to store the user consent for the cookies in the category "Analytics".|
|cookielawinfo-checkbox-functional||11 months||The cookie is set by GDPR cookie consent to record the user consent for the cookies in the category "Functional".|
|cookielawinfo-checkbox-necessary||11 months||This cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. The cookies is used to store the user consent for the cookies in the category "Necessary".|
|cookielawinfo-checkbox-others||11 months||This cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. The cookie is used to store the user consent for the cookies in the category "Other.|
|cookielawinfo-checkbox-performance||11 months||This cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. The cookie is used to store the user consent for the cookies in the category "Performance".|