Temporary interventions in public space as border crossings in planning processes?

Power of the performative
Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
Prof. Dr. Barbara Schönig
Uta Merkle
Professur Stadtplanung

The “Real-Time Archi­tec­ture Compe­ti­tion” 72 Hour Urban Action for the redesign of public spaces in Jena-Lobeda, which cele­brated its climax in May 2019, set itself the goal of networking local actors and creating new points of refer­ence for neigh­borly coex­is­tence in the large housing estate Lobeda within the frame­work of “partic­i­pa­tory urban plan­ning” and in creative contrast to the “other­wise static and lengthy processes”. In its self-descrip­tions, the repeat­edly tested, inter­dis­ci­pli­nary format of “tactical urbanism” thus took up images that can often be found in current attri­bu­tions to tempo­rary inter­ven­tions and formats of perfor­ma­tive partic­i­pa­tion in public urban space.

Against this back­ground, the plan­ning project of the 5th and 7th semes­ters of the bachelor’s degree course in urbanism at the Bauhaus Univer­sity Weimar, by master’s students and inter­na­tional exchange students, posed the ques­tion, among others, of what contri­bu­tion such formats can make to over­coming various hurdles in plan­ning and partic­i­pa­tion processes that are perceived as rigid, excluding and static. Focusing on the obvious, current process in Jena, but also exam­ining various exam­ples from cities such as Stuttgart, Cologne or Bat-Yam, approaches to perfor­ma­tive plan­ning at the inter­face of “urban plan­ning, art and cultural produc­tion” were exam­ined from an urban plan­ning perspec­tive and their poten­tial for urban devel­op­ment was explored.