Stadthalten - Art intervention on wasteland

I. IDENTIFICATION
  • Investor (key institution): City of Leipzig
  • Contact person: Ms Heike Will, heike.will@leipzig.de
  • Year of implementation: 2002
  • Implementation venue

  • Country: Germany
  • Region: Saxony
  • Town: Leipzig
  • Impact: local

    Total costs: 250 EUR

    Source per every institution

    • EU fonds: Information not found EUR
    • regional: Information not found EUR
    • other: Information not found EUR

    Important stakeholders concerned

    • EU fonds: Local residents; Association Leipziger Jahresausstellung e.V.
    • regional: Local residents; Association Leipziger Jahresausstellung e.V.
    • other: Local residents; Association Leipziger Jahresausstellung e.V.
    II. TYPOLOGY
    1. Improved provision of local cultural and social events.
    2. Improved condition & quality of the public space between the blocks of flats.
    III. DESCRIPTION
    1. What forms of cooperation were used as new approaches in the field of rehabilitation and conversion of urban functional areas?
    2. Involved were the City of Leipzig, the association Verein Leipziger Jahresausstellung e.V. and the Office for Urban Regeneration and Residential Development as well as local residents. Together with the association Leipziger Jahresausstellung e.V., the Leipzig developed the idea to change demolition sites into artistically designed places. Leipzig contacted the area owners to get their agreement. Furthermore a competition was organised and people were able to submit their ideas. In the end 10 ideas were implemented. The City of Leipzig also organised the care of the artistically designed places in the course of a job creation programme for unemployed people.

    3. Was the building or the space between buildings) identified as a valuable socialist heritage?
    4. No.

    5. What criteria were applied to make this judgment?
    6. Not applicable.

    7. Was the building or space between buildings) important to local communities and how were they involved in decision-making process about its rehabilitation or conversion?
    8. The area where the project took place is a former residential area which has to deal with several social and urban problems (e.g. high unemployment rate, vacant houses, demolitions sites etc.) after reunification. The project wanted to make Leipzig Lindenau more attractive and pleasurable to live in for local residents. The local initiative Leipziger Jahresausstellung e.V. as the project initiator was mainly supported by the City of Leipzig. Local residents and interested initiatives were able to submit a proposal about how to design demolition sites into areas of high artistically value.

    9. Were attempts made to improve territorial cohesion within the city/town/district? And, if so, how was success on this front gauged?
    10. The Stadthalten project was invented to improve the identification of local residents with their district. Instead of having places which lay in waste, artworks were established to create a sense of identity.

    11. Were there attempts to reduced disparities between districts within cities/towns achieved reduced? And, if so, how was success on this front gauged?
    12. The district of Leipzig Lindenau was a popular place of residence before 1989. After the reunification a lot of structural occurred and houses became vacant. The Stadhalten project is a project to revitalise the western part of Leipzig und to make it more attractive. Although the project was regarded as an interim use project, it became successful and local residents are still interested in it. The artworks offer a platform for communication and discussions.

    13. Other important facts and comments, e.g. critical review.
    14. Although the project duration was six months and the project was regarded as an interim use project some artworks still exist until today due to the fact that local residents and passers-by are still interested in the artworks.

    IV. SUPPLEMENT

    Web site: www.werkstatt-stadt.de/en/projects/137/