During Metamorphosis, we found out that in the Grünau district, the residents would like to havea public meeting place. This idea was taken up by the city of Zurich. The old square in the Grünau was inaugurated last Saturday and will once again become a lively place for old and young. Two large barbecues, a children's play kitchen, picnic platforms, a new boules court and a long table ensure a cosy get-together.
The metamorphosis space transformer has been further adapted within the framework of the "Zusammenhalt Graz" - Action Plan 2020 against loneliness of the city of Graz.
Loneliness and social isolation have many faces. Regardless of age, income or nationality, we believe that low threshold communication stimuli can help to reduce loneliness.
For one evening, people of Graz were able to test how it feels when the city centre is freed from motorised vehicles. At COVID distances, people could walk through the quiet city and sit on chairs in the middle of a three-lane road. A completely new urban feeling. All of a sudden it became impressively visible how much space is sacrificed to car traffic in our cities. The "space transformers" from METAMORPHOSIS have contributed to the success of this "la strada" event.
Throughout Europe, Metamorphosis has so far implemented over 300 measures that make neighbourhoods child friendly. These measures contribute to physical activity and active mobility by, among others, redistributing urban space to the benefit of children and people in general – as opposed to cars. Planning public space for children could also help reducing the rate of infection and the mortality of a COVID-19 infection in all age groups.