What does Beulwitz need?
The residential area 'Beulwitzer Straße', on the outskirts of Saalfeld is perceived as a transit zone with inadequate infrastructure, low quality of stay and a neighbourhood described as 'socially problematic'. Cheap apartments and refugee accommodation create a home for people who have fled or who cannot afford to live in Saalfeld. 'Beulwitzer Straße' is the youngest and most colourful neighbourhood, but also the residential area in the city of Saalfeld most affected by exclusion and poverty.
In order to initiate an experimental urban development of 'Beulwitzer Strasse' into a sustainable, liveable district, the IBA Thuringia commissioned Urban Catalyst to carry out an idea study as part of a summer workshop. Together with residents, qualities, shortcomings and future usage formats were thought out and marked out on site. The result of the workshop was the vision of planning a workshop building together. A workhouse that enables the residents to be productive, reduce their dependencies and show and develop their skills. In contrast to conventional urban planning, the focus was not on the plan drawn up by experts, but on desired uses that can change over time according to need.
COMMISSIONED BYIBA Thüringen
PROJECT PARTNERNowhere Kitchen, umschichten
PROJECT TEAMJanin Walter, Melanie Humann, Christine Bock, Jan Dubsky
TIMELINE07/2017 – 03/2018