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KoopLab: Participation through Cooperative Open Space Development
Collaborating to Develop “Arrival Neighbourhoods”

The growing diversity in German cities calls for new approaches to cultivate social cohesion. Can urban open spaces help us foster a communal life characterized by dialogue and neighborly solidarity?

Guided by this question, KoopLab is testing innovative methods of cooperative open space development to unite residents at each of our three project locations. The project has already brought together a network of scholars, urban planners, housing association professionals, city administrators and civil society associations. The spatial focus of KoopLab lies on so-called “arrival neighborhoods”, which are characterized by social disadvantage, migration and high housing density.

KoopLab wants to develop project locations together with residents in order to learn more about the transformative potential of open spaces. In cooperation with municipalities, companies and civil society actors, we work in three urban laboratories in the cities of Dortmund, Hanover and Leipzig. Together with local people, ideas for the design of open spaces are developed and cooperatively implemented. In this way, places of encounter and negotiation of interests are created that open up opportunities for social participation, strengthen social cohesion and improve the socio-ecological transformation of the neighborhoods.

More information: https://www.kooplab.de/.

Project lead: Prof. Dr. Antonie Schmiz
Project coordination: M.A. Sebastian Schrader
Project lead Hanover: M.A. Lea Molina Caminero



KultMIX is a research project initiated by the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS) at the University of Osnabrück. Its aim is to examine the manner in which cultural institutions formulate, discuss and implement positions and concepts regarding the migration society. The project's emphasis lies on the change within institutions: In which way are institutions themselves undergoing changes caused by migration and an increasingly diverse society? KultMIX focusses on four subject areas in four locations: Theaters, museums, cultural policy/administration and the independent culture scene in Osnabrück, Hamburg, Sindelfingen and Dresden.

KultMIX is financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), specifically through its funding line “Migration and Social Transformation”.

More information: https://kultmix.org/en/