The People's Smart Sculpture

Public Urban Lab Bremen

Public Urban Lab Bremen

From the 20. to the 25. of June the Hochschule Bremen and the M2C Institute will transform the square in front of the Bremen main station into a media lab for participative urban development. The Public Urban Lab serves as think and future studio housed in a container box. Here Bremen citizens can get in touch with innovative research on participation, city development, urban re-design, and urban art. Local stakeholders, scientists and artists will use the Public Urban Lab as a stage and as a forum for public open discussions on new participatory tools and methods.

Participants like Carl Skelton from Gotham Innovation Greenhouse, NYC, who won the Jane Jacobs Medal for New Technology and Innovation with his participatory Betaville tool, will lead a workshop on the re-design of the main station area; Aura Neuvonen and Kari Salo from PS2 partner institution Metropolia Helsinki present the soundscape apps developed within their PS2 subproject; Stefan Horn, member of Urban Dialogues Berlin, will test his participative Placemaking method; Martin Koplin, director of M2C Institute and leader of the PS2 project presents new approaches in the field of digitally supported participation; and the ZZZ (ZwischenZeitZentrale Bremen) guide visitors to places of upcoming change and discuss their re-design. Members of organizations and institutes from Bremen reflect on perspectives for urban and regional development of Bremen as a smart, social, participative city of the future.

At the Express Yourself/city – Public Urban Lab Bremen participants can dive into 3D-modelling, into exceptional ideas for city development and participation. They can listen to one of the presentations of well-known media artists, urban design experts, Fab Lab members, biologists and idlers… The schedule of the Public Urban Lab shows an intense progression of highlights. Visitors can also take part in workshops and discuss the sound of the city or debate with teachers about new participatory teaching methods or they can stroll around the city and turn Bremen into a huge 3D-mosaic with their cameras.

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