Boxion Kunst und Kultur für Leerläden – Vacant Shops for Culture and Arts

I. IDENTIFICATION
  • Investor (key institution): Federal-state programme ‘Socially Integrative City’
  • Contact person: M. Neumann & T. Rödiger GbR, web@boxhagenerplatz.de
  • Year of implementation: 2001
  • Implementation venue

  • Country: Germany
  • Region: Berlin
  • Town: Berlin-Friedrichshain
  • Size of area: 2640 m2
  • Impact: local

    Total costs: EUR

    Source per every institution

    • national: Information not found EUR
    • other: Information not found EUR

    Important stakeholders concerned

    • national: Neighbourhood Management Team Boxhagener Platz; Local residents; Interested artists
    • other: Neighbourhood Management Team Boxhagener Platz; Local residents; Interested artists
    II. TYPOLOGY
    1. Improved provision of local cultural and social events.
    2. Improved support for the development of small business operators in the area of 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. During the preparation of an Integrated Action Plan where residents and the neighbourhood management team were involved, local residents suggested to revitalise the city quarter by doing something against the decline of vacant shops. The district administration authorised the Integrated Action Plan and the neighbourhood management team started a public call for tenders. Than a jury, consisting out of representatives of the neighbourhood management team, the heads of the Culture Committee and of the Department of Design of the College of Technology and Economics chose the idea of the Spielfeld Agency: Offering beneficial conditions for artists and art/cultural projects to rent one of the vacant shops.

    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. Boxion helped to vitalise public space with local residents participating in the effort. During the preparation of an Integrated Action Plan for Berlin Friedrichshain, local residents suggested to do something against the amount of vacant shops around a public place. The district administration of Friedrichshain agreed in a public call for tenders and with the help of a jury the project idea of the Spielfeld Agency was chosen. Spielfeld and the neighbourhood management team were mainly responsible for the project implementation supported by various partners e.g. the Workers Welfare Agency, particular artists and interested residents.

    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 streets around Boxhagener Platz were affected by the loss of trade professionals and a lot of shops had been closed. The Boxion project was also invented to make the streets more attractive to local people to walk through and to offer a lively place where people can meet each other.

    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. Information not found.

    13. Other important facts and comments, e.g. critical review.
    14. Information not found.

    IV. SUPPLEMENT

    Web site: www.sozialestadt.de/praxisdatenbank/suche/ausgabe.php?id=210#projekttraeger