Other shortlisted practices 2014
Citizens’ Forum – A Center for All
“They did not name this vision ‘Paradise on Earth’, but they teach us the longing for the ‘Inclusive Quarter.”
|Name of Innovative Practice:||Citizens’ Forum – A Center for All|
|Organisation:||a civic initiative|
|Beneficiaries targeted||future accommodation users|
|Approach/ model/ solution:||to avoid accessibility problems before building apartments|
How could barrier-free solutions be taken into consideration before planning a new urban district? Why not think about barrier-freedom during the planning phase of new living quarters? With these questions and ideas the civic initiative started the project and discussions in order to solve possible problems before they occur.
The informal, highly efficient project “Citizens’ Forum A Center for All” triggers a new approach for politics and administration in Hamburg in favor of (social) inclusion in urban development. Focused on imminent urban development and construction and on the issue of citizens’ participation in public decision-making, it was initiated and is moderated by “Q8”, an activity of “Evangelische Stiftung Alsterdorf”.
CURRENT SITUATION & OUTLOOK
The project has shown a demonstrable effect: politics and administration have adopted the initiative’s postulations , an intense preoccupation with the subject inclusion in the urban development has been set in motion in Hamburg. The “growth potential” and the development can be traced in all the places where one is serious about inclusion in urban development. Within a few years now, 15 Forum meetings have been held to develop the requirements and refine them. Cost-benefit ratios have to be explored now, including social cost-and-benefit components.
Participants of one of the forum meetings .