What are we going to do with all that space?
Vacant lots, brownfields, abandoned industrial buildings - eyesore or untapped opportunity? Let's get creative and think about how these spaces and buildings can be reimagined. By completing this challenge, you’ll demonstrate significance and opportunities of empty spaces and industrial heritage for the future development of cities.
What will I learn?
- Community Engagement
What will I need?
- Internet connection
Would you like to go on an expedition with us?
- Look at the pictures. They show former industrial sites in Germany (Zeche Zollverein in Essen, Förderbrücke F60, Beelitz Heilstätten, Tempelhofer Feld, Hüttenwerk Duisburg-Meiderich).
- Take part in the quiz and think about what could have become of these sites. We have given you three options, choose the one you think is correct.
- Check your answers to see what happened to these sites and whether your choice was correct.
What are your thoughts?
Think about what industrial sites or brownfield sites there are in your city.
What could be done with them?
What do you lack?
Who could you get in touch with to find out more about these sites?
Task: Find a Lost Place in your city
Take a look at the map of your city or go for a walk. Where are there lost places in your city that are nevertheless indispensably linked to the city's history?
First of all, try to find out as much information as possible about the building. What did it look like in the past, who worked here and on what? Talk to contemporary witnesses, archivists or employees of the city and the museum.
What could you imagine doing with the site? Collect ideas and exchange them with friends and family to work on proposals together. Look for inspiration in your region. Are there good examples of reused or "reimagined" industrial monuments?
Then find out if there are plans for the use of the site in your city and who the municipal contact is. With whom could you discuss your suggestions and ideas? Architects? City History Society? Office for urban planning? Find like-minded people to work out an idea together.