On July 6th 2018, children from two neighbourhoods in Zurich presented wishes and suggestions for their neighbourhoods to the city councillor Richard Wolff, head of the department of civil engineering and waste disposal of the city of Zurich. Before that, the kids had analysed their neighbourhoods and had looked for spots they liked and disliked. Based on the analysis, they had developed ideas on how to improve the negative spots.
The Urban Library in Alba Iulia is a public intervention coming as a result of a partnership between the municipality, a local arhitecture small company and Transavia. Well made in Romania Company that has financed the project.
The idea came from two young architects form Alba Iulia who had the idea of placing small libraries within the neighbourhoods of Alba Iulia raising awarness on how the public space can be used more often and how it can bring people and children together.
In the second week of April 2018, a sixth grade of the primary school “Kartaus” in Zurich temporarily transformed a parking lot, as part of a project week on mobility and public space. In one and a half day, the school class built a bar from recycled wooden material: the Carrozza bar. In teams, they developed a design idea, a communication concept, several means of communication such as a flyer and posters, and prepared the decoration for the bar.
On April 8th and April 15th 2018, the official opening of Metamorphosis was celebrated in the two participating residential settlements in Zurich, “Bändli” and “Tiefenbrunnen”. In both settlements, a mobility share point with an e-bike and an e-cargo-bike each was inaugurated. The bikes can be used free of charge by the residents. A bike mechanics demonstrated to the residents how they get their own bikes ready for the bicycle season. Soon, young and old were busy cleaning, greasing, pumping, and tightening screws.
On their way to school, many children have to cross numerous streets every morning. All too often parking cars, hoardings etc. are blocking their view so that they have to step on the street to see if they can cross it. In a residents' meeting for children in the district Isarvorstadt, the safety of school routes was a big issue. Supported by the politics, the local environment organisation 'Green City' has launched a project to provide safer routes to school. Together with the children they build containers with plants, painted them and put them up to create a colourful zebra crossing.
Under the slogan “Play me, I'm yours” 17 pianos could be found at public spaces all over Munich. The idea behind is simple but effective: Music touches people and joins nations and generations. From the 31th of August until the 17th of September 2017 everyone was invited to take a seat and make music. Each piano had its individual character. Artists, architects, students, kindergartens, youth facilities and other creative minds were asked to submit their ideas for the design and the best were put into practice.
Every morning, the large amount of cars leads to a lot of traffic and a big chaos on the streets of Munich. Instead of waiting for the politicians to change something about that, the primary school in the district Ramersdorf took action to improve the situation: on the initiative of the parents' council, the school started a class competition. From the end of June until the end of July 2017, the children collected balls for each time they were not brought or picked up by car. The class who moved in the most eco-friendly manner has won the first place.