We work across scales in the fields of urbanism and urban planning, architecture and design on creative and participatory processes. We act at the interface between practice-oriented and conceptual work. We develop customized strategies to realize our projects and introduce relevant matters into public discourse.
Christina Schmid and Aida Nejad have collected Stuttgart's water stories. Their source research resulted in an artful logbook, a poetic non-fiction book, a city guide for Stuttgart: a pool to take home and dive into, read, read aloud, or simply look at.
On April 03, 2023, the two artists will present their book to the public in our offspace 'Lagune'. During the summer, they will lead two water walks with drinking breaks and reading to well-known and hidden water places in the city.
Book presentation: Monday, april 03, 2023 at 7 p.m. at offspace ›Lagune‹ We look forward to seeing you!
Exhibition on Schlossberg workshop procedure
The Schlossberg workshop procedure launched in October 2022 has come to an end. Together with two other teams, we developed ideas and different visions for the future of Schlossberg. The resulting ideas and impressions from the workshops will be shown in an exhibition: stop by and take a look!
›Stuttgart water stories‹
Artistic project by Christina Schmidt and Aida Nejad
Stuttgart's longing for water is greater than its knowledge of the actual wealth of mineral springs, fountains, baths, streams, rivers, lakes and ideas. For one summer, Christina and Aida swim through the city. They listen to water stories, collect splashes, map bodies of water and see what is there - or could be there.
In addition to source research, water gossip and water walks, an artist's book was created that contains 140 experimental texts, fountain poems and water dreams by Christina Schmid and 100 water drawings and fountain choreographies by Aida Nejad glowing in turquoise ink. A hand-drawn city water map bookmark accompanies through the turquoise pool.
After the opening festival "Neuland" back in 2021 we were again at Franck-Areal at the Ludwigsburg train station last November. We had the chance to design and lead through a two-day participation event to develop target images for the future development of the area. The results of the exploration tour and workshop as well as some impressions can be seen here.
We are very pleased to have made a contribution to the design of this "white spot" in the city of Ludwigsburg!
Performativ Planen - Strategisch Gestalten
Why and how do performative methods play a role in the continuous negotiation and the creation of space?
What is the connection between questioning the production and program of space, empowerment by transfer of knowledge and the immediate work with man and matter?
The five artists Claude Horstmann (D, FR), Elise Alloin (FR), Emeline Galhac (BE), Josephine Kaeppelin (NL) and Marianne Mispelaëre (FR) come together again ten years after their first successful collaboration in Stuttgart and Strasbourg and continue their exchange and practices in a new project.
They discuss sculptural forms, linguistic investigations and physical-material fieldwork. They talk about labor, assimilation, and the Anthropocene - and address topographical, geopolitical, social as well as technological situations.
Exhibition from 7 to 29 October 2022
The main exhibition will take place in the gallery of GEDOK e.V. Stuttgart. Editions and multiples are on display in the ›Lagune‹!
›Raumfaserweben‹ by Rebeca Duque Estrada
Fibers are ubiquitous in nature and an essential part of the structure of everything from trees to bones. In architecture and design, man-made fibers are both an innovation as a building material with greater strength than steel, as well as in the form of their application: spaces are woven with a continuous thread.
Architect Rebeca Duque Estrada's work explores the possibilities of continuous thread in spatial forms, geometry and aesthetics.
On Friday, 6th of May, her exhibition will open with a vernissage starting at 6 pm.
It will be on view through the end of June 2022, both from the outside at any time and inside the studio by appointment.
Together with the artist Weiny Fitui, we like to discuss with young people their needs in relation to public space in a co-creative design and implementation process. The mediation of art, planning culture and urban ecology are at the centre of the project with empowerment through the direct experience of the effectiveness of the young people's own actions. Together we will question the existing design of public space and jointly implement in it.
Education about Planning Culture
Research project in cooperation with the Wüstenrot Foundation
With an applied research project, we are starting the first of three years in January to impart knowledge about planning culture, together with the Wüstenrot Foundation and the researcher Isabelle Willnauer. The focus here is on young people: how can supposedly dry planning process knowledge be conveyed in a youth-friendly, low-threshold way? What arouses enthusiasm and encourages people to do it themselves? The project follows an empowerment approach that aims to motivate and enable young people to participate in urban development. After all, experiences of self-efficacy in adolescence are an important factor for lifelong democratic participation. We are very excited about the project!
Publication on PND - rethinking planning
›How's it going - digitally?
Participation During and After the Pandemic‹
With the findings from our event in March we investigated expanded competences and modified methods through the lenses of moderators and process facilitators during participation processes in the pandemic. In this joint article we wrote down 3x3 thoughts that condense our experiences.
The local actors have already worked out central values and an implementation strategy in cooperation with HCU and denkstatt sàrl - now it's time to design the space. In addition, the developed programmatic ideas are examined in more detail.
During the summer school, around 20 students are asked to think further about the existing approaches and present them spatially.
Event: Spielend planen!? (engl. ›Planning by playing!?)
Games as a tool for urban development
We are delighted to be invited by Urban Equipe to present our playful workshop formats at their symposium on the topic ›Planning by playing!? Games as a tool for urban development‹. If you happen to be in Zürich on September 2021, 16th or 17th, come, play and discuss with us!
Pitch Night 16th September 2021 | 7:30 - 9:30 pm Amboss Garage | Zollstraße 80 | 8005 Zürich
Seminar 17th September 2021 | 10:00 am - 5:30 pm Halle 710 | Barbara-Reinhart-Straße 26 | 8404 Winterthur
Picture: Urban Equipe
Lagune Offspace 2021
In the Lagune we greet the waves coming in the approaching summer. Four artists show - in a variety of media - personal perceptions and analysis of people, space and time. Lennart Cleemanns' installation ›Swinging with Fishes‹ can be seen until August 27, in September Clara Neumann shows photos in the play of light, Sawako Nunotani develops dance dialogues from October and Moritz Junkermann guides us through the turn of the year with sculptural works from December.
Distanced viewing from outside is possible; the Lagune is otherwise open by appointment. We cordially invite you and look forward to seeing you!
We have all had a crazy year. Infection protection was suddenly on the agenda, and with it the reorganization of the work processes and the participation formats. The overdue digitization was mostly rapid. But the 1:1 translation from analog to digital was not enough, that was quickly clear. So, together with the administrations, politicians and partners, a lot had to be reinvented. We learned a lot from it! You also?
Three offices that deal with participatory processes at different scales have put their heads together. We invite architects and planners, digitization experts and moderators, administrators and politicians, as well as committed people from civil society initiatives, networks and associations:
We want to share our experiences and ask if you feel the same way, to give an insight into our project work and to think together about where this turning point will lead our working field.
There's also live music! Please bring your own food and drinks!
From 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays you can get informed and discuss ideas for Leonhardsvorstadt and the Züblin parking garage, participate and see what others are imagining for the future.
We're looking forward to meeting you there!
17th August – 16th October Katharinenstraße 21 70182 Stuttgart
Photo: Ferdinando Iannone
From mid-August we will conduct an experimental, crossmedia participation process together with BeL and Belius in Leonhardsvorstadt, Stuttgart.
Initiated by the state capital of Stuttgart, the focus will be placed on central locations in the district that will be developed as model projects for living together within the framework of the IBA’27 StadtRegion Stuttgart.
We are very happy to play through the future of Leonhardsvorstadt together with the residents.
Between 25th of July and 12th of September, a selection of works by the french artist Léa Ducos will be on display in the Lagune. She deals with finds of industrial materials and unites them in exceptional combinations and constructions, which are open to playful redesign.
This exhibition and the subsequent publication are results of her residence as a scholar between february and july 2020 in the Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg in Stuttgart, in the context of the exchange program for artists of the federal state Baden–Württemberg and the Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, organised by the Institut français Stuttgart in cooperation wirh art3 Valence. Supported by the Ministry for Sciences, Research and Fine Arts of Baden-Württemberg.
›Déclenchement‹ by Clara Cornu
March, 20th – May, 8th
The fabulous Clara Cornu will be showing her series ›Release Zones‹ and from her repertoire the ›Travelling Divers‹ in the ›Lagune‹ from March 20th to May 8th.
»The former dive shop was closed for ten years and received the nickname ›Lagoon‹ by its new residents. The divers rise from the depths. Called to the surface by the three turquoise windows, they climb to unknown peaks. They conjure up the location’s past and at the same time emancipate themselves from it.«
The unique technique of reverse glass painting can be admired from outside without contamination and now enriches the street space. Come look at it!
Kick-off event with finissage ›Untitled‹
March 7th, 7 – 10pm
With drinks, snacks and experimental music by Arne Hellström we will celebrate the opening of the ›Lagune‹ on Saturday, March 7th with the finissage by artist Weiny Fitui.
Collected products and light sources are the central object with which Fitui creates her assemblages. Light gives the materials an aura and thus an extra position for the exhibited object ›Untitled‹. A three-dimensional X made of steel wire overlaps with found objects, neon tubes, acrylic glass and other light sources to create a colored installation.
›Untitled‹ was produced in 2016 under the theme ›Art in the Club‹, is exhibited in different places and is currently located in our space.
Between March and September 2020, various artists will be invited to activate the space and enrich the neighborhood with art and smaller events. We'll keep you up to date!
Opening times during the exhibitions: Tuesdays, 6 to 8pm or by appointment.
Our off-space is funded by the cultural office of the city of Stuttgart, with the friendly supply of the exhibition lighting by Klemproducts.
›Bad Cannstatt verstehen lernen‹ (engl. ‘learning to understand Bad Cannstatt’)
As part of Aaron Schirrmann's teaching activities at the international master's course ›Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design‹ at the University of Stuttgart, the results of the students' semester project on the strategic development of Bad Cannstatt will be exhibited and discussed on February, 4th. The students are looking forward to meet you!
Already last year it was announced that the Container City would receive a honorable mention at 'RI.U.SO 06 - Rigenerazione Urbana Sostenibile'. Now, the Italian National Council of Architects, Planners, Landscape Architects and Monument Conservators (CNAPPC) invited us to Milan for the award ceremony. In the context of the Design Week, we accepted the award with great pleasure.
After an exhausting renovation, we finally moved into our beautiful new studio! We were very happy about everyone that celebrated a great opening with us. Come visit us at Forststrasse 92, 70176 Stuttgart.
Photo credit: Jeanette Bak
Mail from the Cultural Office
The Cultural Office of the City of Stuttgart supports our funding request for an extensive action week for collaborative neighborhood development that we are planning for summer 2019 together with the artist Weiny Fitui in the neighborhoods ‘Leonhardsvorstadt’ and ‘Hospitalviertel’.
“The multifunctional area has become a driving force and a programmatic module for the future neighborhood. The interconnection of informal and temporary projects with long-term measures and strategic developments promotes a concentration of public uses that radiates into the immediate surroundings and the entire city.”