Since 1983, the Austrian road code includes a paragraph about residential streets, in German called “Wohnstraße”. On these streets, children are explicitly allowed to play on the street and car traffic is only allowed in walking speed. There are currently 21 “Wohnstraßen” in Graz but not all of them are played on by children. On some of these streets, the original usage is not in the minds of the residents anymore, as children grew up and moved away. Therefore, “Wohnstraßen” have to be reanimated.
On October 1st, a symposium on the subject “The streets are for playing” took place in Graz. In the course of this conference, the Metamorphosis Project initiated a “future factory” with a school class of the model school in Graz. The schoolchildren created posters on which they could express what they don't like in their city and think about how they envision their ultimate child-friendly city in the future (we called it the “tomorrow-city”). They were then allowed to present their ideas to a fictitious city council and mayor and discuss these ideas.
The Metamorphosis space-transformers offer the opportunity to show how we could use parking space for cars in a different way. The initiatives “MoVe iT” (Graz) and “Platz für Wien” (Vienna) advocate for more space for sustainable means of transportation and less space for cars in their cities. Both initiatives borrowed one space-transformer, which was developed for the Metamorphosis project, to promote that. “Platz für Wien” changes the location of the space-transformer in Vienna every other week.
In Graz, the Metamorphosis project focused on the district of Lend. Like in Lend, there are also neighborhood initiatives in the nearby districts of Geidorf and Jakomini. In June, the initiative in Geidorf organized a temporarily street-liberation to advocate for less cars in the city. For this event they used the Metamorphosis space-transformer and the Metamorphosis cargo-bike to call attention for this topic. On the 13th of September there was another temporarily street-liberation in the course of a street festival in Geidorf.