KoopLab: Participation through Cooperative Open Space Development

Collaborating to Develop “Arrival Neighborhoods”

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 scientists, 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. The project participants will jointly design and develop green and open spaces in the vicinity of their homes. In this way we hope to boost participation opportunities in “arrival neighborhoods” and contribute to an ecological upgrading of the neighborhoods.

Case Studies

In three selected communities, KoopLab wants to develop project locations together with residents in order to learn more about the transformative potential of open spaces.

Dortmund

Dortmund

Dortmund's Nordstadt is a historic arrival neighborhood, where one third of all new Dortmund residents still find their first apartment. In light of the high residential density, green areas and open spaces are of particular importance here.
Hannover

Hannover

On the northern edge of the "Garden City" Hannover lies the arrival neighborhood Sahlkamp. Some residents here already have experience with collaborative open space development thanks to existing local garden projects.
Leipzig

Leipzig

After years of shrinking, the city of Leipzig is growing again. As a result, housing costs and the pressure on green and open spaces are increasing, including in the district Leipziger Osten, which has been marked by migration since 1990.
Universität Osnabrück
IMIS - Institut für Migrationsforschung und Interkulturelle Studien
HELMHOLTZ - Zentrum für Umweltforschung - UFZ
ILS - Institut für Landes- und Entwicklungsforschung gGmbH