During the Summer term 2013 we conducted a whole-semester intensive course with product and process design students from the Berlin University of the Arts. The goal of the course was the development of two designs which tackle the urban clash happening on Sonnenallee, a street in Berlin-Neukölln. One design stimulates the communication and interaction between different resident neighbors in order to amplify interest for their local surroundings. The second design emphasises differences, provokes in a playful way and makes barriers visible.
We collaborated with the Quartiersmanagement Donaustraße-Nord. They supported our project with material funding and the great possibility to exhibit the outcomes in the neighborhood (read an article about the exhibition here).
In the video you get a good impression of one of the students projects. Its May Kukulas project “I spy with my little eye”:
The second project is Ben Raubalds project “Kiezspiel” a mobile ping pong table through which both sides of the street can play against each other. Due to the collective play the cultural differences should be overcome.