The format “Placemaking Laboratory” was developed and tested within the PlaceCity Floridsdorf project. It is based on a combination of a co-creation workshop and public forum. In the co-creation workshop, concrete topics and wishes of the participants are discussed and worked out. Within a given framework, various moderation methods are used to deal with different issues and develop approaches to solutions. In the subsequent forum, short presentations and movies on the topic in question are presented to the public, and then the participants get together over drinks and finger food to exchange ideas.
The first Placemaking Laboratory in Floridsdorf dealt with the topic "Public space and urban heat". Within the co-creation workshop the project area was explored and ideas and suggestions for improvement were worked out, using the Place Game tool. The participants were divided into three groups, each working on a sub-area of the project area. Each group was accompanied by a moderator. After the participants got back to the workshop room, short-term measures to reduce urban heat (islands) and appreciation of the public space in Floridsdorf were discussed. The participants discussed stimulated, so that in the end many results were shared and collected.
At the public forum, experts from the fields of urban and environmental planning were invited to present their projects, which were / will be implemented in the project area. Two short movies gave an insight of how drastically climate change can transform whole cities and showed an inspiring project that prevents urban heat. The forum was open to the public and everyone who was interested could ask questions and participate in the discussion. Some residents met in the project room, which is at the Schlingermarkt in Floridsdorf.
Both the workshop and the forum showed that this format arouses great interest.
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