The responsible person is the one who acts - individuals or groups choose their tasks and work areas themselves and act on their own responsibility. In this way, they assume responsibility for the respective results and consequences. We use this approach primarily to (re-)activate social and political participation through immediate measures and as a democratic instrument for the use, promotion and institutionalisation of transitory/performative urbanism.
An understanding of urban development, architecture and the appropriation of the city, not only as an urban space and framework for action, but as a performative subject in itself: not (only) performance in the city, but the city as performance!
Together with our clients and all parties involved, we try in a collaborative process to arrive at common approaches to solutions that are supported by all. For this purpose we have developed a need-oriented, result-open workshop format that adapts flexibly to the respective location and the respective challenge.
Even after the co-creation process, we do not see ourselves as a mere implementation agency, but see it as a core task to involve as many people as possible with different backgrounds and motivations in the implementation of our projects. In our drafts we therefore do not only work site-specifically, but also group-specifically.
We investigate and test dynamic and flexible processes, and try to develop organizational systems in which form and function emanate from the organizing group itself and can adapt again and again, such as holocracy, effectuation, do-ocracy, emergent order or - if it suits - simply "classical" club meetings.
Thanks to our oldest team member - a double-decker bus built in 1979 - we are able to organise a tailor-made mobile intervention for every project and every occasion, which not only takes people away and brings ideas somewhere they haven't been before, but also generates additional attention and solves all (superficial) transport and (deeper) transfer questions in one go.
We sound out rules and identify grey areas with all those who are affected by the rules - not only those who have to follow them, but in case of doubt also those who have made them, in order to create the greatest possible spaces of possibility, of which all have the most.
Either mobile, in our bus, or stationary, we offer a project-specific workshop, equipped with the necessary tools and professional craftsmen, which implements spatial ideas and visions directly on site quickly and uncomplicatedly in the form of prototypes. Here, too, we proceed according to the co-creation & co-production principle and involve the idea providers in the implementation without them having to have any technical know-how. Ideas and their effect can be tested better together than on paper: ... "Now that this swing is here, would you stay here with your child and feel comfortable? If no, what's missing?".
In order to make participation processes in public space more accessible and easier for all parties to understand, we have developed the format of the transparent planning office. Here public planners and citizens come together directly at a (working) table not only to discuss ideas, but also to test their professional feasibility and to promote an understanding of feasibility limits: "Take a look at the plan here, where should it go, the city forest in the pedestrian zone? We can draw it in together..."
Stands for: G iven R ooms I dentified and D imensioned. In order to make participation processes in public space visible in an effective way, on the one hand, and to activate as many people as possible and clearly define the scope of change, on the other, we transform the surface we are dealing with into a square paper. Really. With chalk colour and the precision of a middle school maths teacher we transform the planning area into a transformative sketch paper on which - in combination with the prototype workshop - ideas of citizens can be spatially located, changed and tested 1:1.
Particularly in participation projects, changes in perspective, listening to different voices and making different positions visible play an overriding role. That is why we offer tailor-made newspaper formats for such projects, which either appear once or as a magazine series during the project period. These are not documentary by-products, but as a basic building block for successful and transparent participation with the involvement of all actors: a cultural-journalistic assessment of the situation as a starting point for the forthcoming transformation of urban space.
What's the best way to plan a large construction site where between 20 and 200 people volunteer to build things in a very short time that would immediately crash any project management software and its project manager? Not at all. At Builder's Jam we provide all the framework conditions and infrastructure - materials, tools, catering - that enable the participants to work smoothly. There is a clear goal and a timeframe, but no ready-made implementation plans. This form of organization creates exceptional, empathetic forms of communication and ways within the group that turn a construction site into a collective mission. This creates a framework for intuitive planning in which everyone builds what they want, according to the common goal. The result is social interactions based on an emergent principle that create an unusual atmosphere and a collective hype that produces extraordinary results.
A temporary architectural intervention is a good impulse to initiate long-term spatial processes and transformation. Our designs for such interventions through temporary buildings are site-specific, modular and spectacular. We plan in such a way that the implementation and structural production of these sites can take place directly with those who will subsequently use them and, if necessary, want to further develop them: Low-threshold in structural complexity with the highest demands on design and the potential to develop new spatial narratives.
With our double-decker bus we offer unusual trips through urban space, which can either be tailor-made, as a building block, planned for specific projects or become the focal point of a project itself.
In some of our projects we work with the "Library of Things", which means that things such as tools, kitchen utensils and other utensils are treated as common property and are freely accessible to all members of the group and can be borrowed, just like in a library.