Metamorphosis is rather about experimenting than about final solutions. That’s the lesson the Meran/o Metamorphosis team learned this winter when we tried an intervention on the central square of the Obermais/Maia Alta neighbourhood constantly occupied by parking offenders. In the vision building workshop we held in May 2018, about 30 stakeholders produced several suggestions on how to get rid of the cars that were being left in the non-parking zone on a regular basis, causing danger and disturbance to pedestrians.
On 7 December METAMORPHOSIS became the topic of the “Forschungsforum Mobilität für alle”, an international conference in Vienna successfully joined by about 170 mobility experts, policy makers, urban planners and researchers. The conference gathered experts on how to transform cities in a child-friendly and barrier-free way, with evidences and best practices by the mobility departments of Zurich, Merano and Vienna. The latter gave interesting insights about the results of the METAMORPHOSIS implementations in the three cities as co-creative solutions for more liveable neighbourhoods.
One day conference and trainings event on the topic of Metamorphosis.
The community of Sholing came together on Saturday 29 September to transform the green on Montague Avenue. The event was part of Sholing Child-Friendly Streets, a project run by My Journey (the council’s sustainable travel brand) in partnership with Sustrans and University of Southampton to change the face of Sholing’s streets. The initiative is part of the EU Metamorphosis Project which aims to transform car-oriented neighbourhoods into child-friendly spaces.
On a sunny Saturday in June, a group of children of the two neighbourhoods Grünau and Riesbach in Zurich revealed their favourite places in the area. After identifying their secret spots on a big map, they walked in groups through the neighbourhood explaining why exactly these spots are their favourite spots – for example a certain slide “because it is painted in a beautiful red”, a spot at a nearby river “because it makes such a beautiful noise when you throw stones into the water” or a garden “because over the summer the most beautiful flowers grow here”.
A street festival took place in the two settlements of Bändli and Tiefenbrunnen at the end of September. On 22 September 2018, the residents of the Tiefenbrunnen settlement were invited to build garden furniture from palettes, enjoy coffee and cake in the temporary street café or cut their own bouquets from the flower pots provided by the city. A section of the Wildbachstrasse was temporarily closed for this purpose. In the Grünau district, the street closure of 29 September 2018 was used to hold a street soccer tournament and to sit together for sausage and raclette.
On the 22ndof June 2018 there was a trail street closure outside of Valentine Primary School in Sholing, Southampton during the school’s starting and finishing times. The aim of this trial was to create a safer and more enjoyable journey to school for parents, staff and students of Valentine Primary School. One of the main objectives was to encourage play and the use of active travel to and from school by creating a safer, more child friendly area around the school by reducing traffic movements around the area.
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.