LED2LEAP 2020 - Nuertingen Team 7

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Area Klein-Tischardt
Place Nürtingen
Country Germany
Topics integration, interaction, sustainable environment
Author(s) Luisa Meyer-Böwing
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Landscape Democracy Rationale

With the aim of successfully improving a district, we are confronting keywords. Those are innovation, sustainability and inclusion.

  • Innovation means renewal: What are the offers? What is old and needs to be restored? What is missing? What does the district need?
  • Sustainability means consideration for our natural resources: What ecosystems are in the described landscape? What does traffic mean for the district?
  • Inclusion means that everyone belongs to the community: Which people live in the neighborhood? Who uses the district as a commuter, buyer or tourist? What are the social offers?

The task is to evaluate which of these keywords already exist in an existing district, wether they need to be improved or how you can reintegrate them into the district. A quarter improvement should be done with the residents, but it is important to listen not only to the stronger voices, but to all. In order to create a new sense of community from the very beginning, which continues until the renovations have been completed and every following generation.

Location and scope

  • Location : Germany, Nürtingen 72622, Klein Tischardt
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Phase A: Mapping your Community

Welcome to your community and its landscape

Kein-Tischardt is located directly below the historic centre of Nürtingen, between the rivers Neckar and Steinach and the Stuttgart - Tübingen railway line. There is affordable housing, various retailers and restaurants. The lack of public spaces and interaction problems between the residents are the shortcomings.

Groups of actors and stakeholders in your community

There are a variation of actors, including the city of Nürtingen with different institutions. In addition, restaurants, clubs and retailers are distributed throughout the district. All these stakeholders lack a meeting and communication area, which makes a clear infrastructure unreadable.

Relationships between your actors and groups

The groups are represented to be evenly important for the growth of the district. But the main players for in the district are the city of Nürtingen and the residents of Klein-Tischardt itself. Above all, there is the administration of the district, which is under the control of the city. As a result, all proposals are handled through the city counsil. The city tries to take into account all actors and sub-communities, but their wishes are only at one of the latter. What is important to all involved in Klein-Tischardt is the upgrading of the infrastructure and free space design.

Summary of your learnings from the transnational discussion panel on April 22

On April 22 you will present the PPT version of this first assignment to other seminar groups working in other geographical community contexts. Please give here a short summary of your learnings during this presentation, for example:

  • That i should read myself on various alaytical processes in order to achieve a broad result. With different media and specific questions (Who might we?).
  • I should better tune my content and presentation for better clarity. It is known to me that i know my district the best, but i have to be able to transmit my knowledge to others too.
  • Other value schemes: any surprises?
  • Constructive comments we received on our presentation

Theory reflection

The three sessions about 'Democratic Landscape Transformation' were very informativ, in the beginning to learn that there is no definitive formulation to landscape democracy or that there can be more than one possible solution can be quite helpful in finding motives to transform a landscape in a democratic principle. Also to understand the backstories of landscape and communities, with the understanding of the word democracy on its own has given me a new perspective in uncovering informations.

  • Reflect on at least three readings from the first section 'Democratic Landscape Transformation
  • From the LED2LEAP Session 1: wicked landscape democracy (Rittel, H.W.,& Webber, M. M. (1973). Dilemmas in a general theory of planning. Policy science) The posibility to evaluation different problems with these 7 descriptions, like with the corona pandemic.
  • Scope: 250 words


Phase B: Democratic Landscape Analysis and Assessment

The Scene in your Story of Analysis

  • The district of Klein-Tischardt is mainly a housing area with 2.500 inhabitants. The open spaces are occupied by cars with traffic and parking.
  • The cooperation between the city of Nürtingen lack in the abbility to communicate with its inhabitants. There are several services for the residents, that they can turn to. These services are very sparce and do not contribute to improving the local problems.

The Actors in your Story of Analysis

The main character is thomas müller, he is an it specialist. He recently moved back to nürtingen with his family, wife Birte and daughter Tina. Together with Thomas' parents, the city council and a few students from the university, his wife and daughter are among the minor characters.

The Story of Analysis

  • Plot

Through the isolation of the corona pandemic, the Müller family becomes aware of how unattractive the public open spaces are and how much the community isolates itself from each other. Everyone thinks negatively, thinks only of themselves and neglects their surroundings. The Müllers want to do something about this process. With various posters and projections of old pictures on panells, throughout Klein-Tischardt, they want to make their community aware of what was once beautiful in their neighborhood. They call on their friends and the city to contribute their own and other current images to show the isolated inhabitants of Klein-Tischardt on the walls of their houses, to show that they are still there. Through organisational support of the students, the offer the students a projection screen of their own local projects to provide transparent planning for the residents. After a large participation, they decide to create different information centres for the neighbourhoods to offer the community a centre for self-determination and further development. In addition, film events of private recordings in the future, as well as other integrating and community events.

Reflect on your Story of Analysis

  • Our tools should give the community a voluntary and independent basis for understanding and further development of the intervention. Everybody can contribute something different, it is a changeable way to share ideas with others by working with emotions and creativity and getting them reflected back.
  • But we are not looking for a perfect story, a successful story also consists of defeats and setbacks from which one can learn. There is no To Doo list of things you need to succeed. This also makes the result more understandable and human.
  • In the end a growing community structure should be created which is able to transport itself to the outside world to strengthen the interest in Klein-Tischardt and its inhabitants.

Phase C: Collaborative Visioning and Goal Setting

The Scene in your Story of Visioning

There is a large number of open spaces in Klein-Tischardt that are not attractive and meaningful, they do not reflect the village character of the district and are just empty spaces. The open spaces are designed in such a way that they only serve a specific purpose and do not offer any further space for other activities. In addition, the areas are not adequately equipped for their intended use.

The Actors in your Story of Visioning

In this further deepening of the story there are small changes in the characters. Thomas Müller is still a part of the process, as he mentioned the first ideas for changes. So it is clear that he also wants to be involved in the further projects. A new actor is Toni, the owner of a new ice cream parlor in Klein-Tischardt. He will take a continuing, leading role in the further development of the story.

The Story of Visioning


  • First step into the new story: After the initial feedback from the first story, the concept of collective photo shoots and light shows was revised. In surveys at the first locations Thomas Pro and Contra collects evaluations of the current situation to find out what is no longer needed, what works or if something new has to be created at the locations. With this, other residents also become aware of the action and offer additional exhibition space, including Toni's ice cream parlour.
  • The Vision is shaped:With the help of a size-based cluster, important thematic changes are identified. This helps the team around the actors to reach an objective. In order to improve the quality of the square in Klein-Tischardt, a square must be developed that is specially designed for the district. A place where all inhabitants can come together, where they can integrate with different activities and offers.
  • Strategy building: In Klein-Tischardt there are many places that suffer from a lack of quality accommodation, so Toni comes up with the idea of upgrading them in a first step with the help of the community. To create a coherent open space within Klein-Tischardt. In order to redesign the squares the actor group found different events with associates and friends, which are mainly designed for these places but should function beyond each place. They are thinking of sports, games, markets and music events but also of creative actions like photo competitions. The main aim should be to create a wide range of activities that will attract many interested people.
  • Future posibilities: In order to go deeper into the strategy, the idea of sports and gaming events will be pursued further. On the weekends, sporting competitions such as street soccer or street ball are offered. Community members and passers-by can participate in small mixed groups of 3. This creates new stories and memories at the locations, with funny and exciting prizes. The games would be accompanied by other activities such as streetfood or music performances. Through the offers new spaces like spectatorstand and music stages are created. Boards with the local results of the games can be set up throughout the year.

Reflect on your Story of Visioning

It is important to know that when you are working on a strategy or working towards a goal, you can never forget the error rate. There can always be setbacks like the first event does not have many visitors because there is not enough advertising or the technology does not work. In the whole process you have to think about second options to get to the goals, to make the story go on and on. Another important aspect of working through the strategies is the criticism. There will always be critics, but with this feedback the eventual goal can grow. A goal should never be set in stone, because otherwise no identity can emerge, which is important for Klein-Tischardt and other districts.

Phase D: Collaborative Design, Transformation and Planning

Your Prototyping Action

The prototyping action is a pop up art gallery. With installations, pictures and art objects, we want to revive different places within the district. It should reflect different aspects of Klein-Tischardt, stimulate conversations and interactions between the visitors and support new actions.

The Evolution of Your Prototyping Action

  • Because of Corona we could only communicate via phone and mail for the preparation. Our main preparation group consists of 4 students of the HfWU Nürtingen. We are supported by our module supervisors, in the organisation of the locations and the refinement of the objectives. For the content of the gallery we worked together with residents and the city archive.
  • An important point for the Pop up Art Gallery is to find the right locations for the installations and to present our exhibits at these locations in the most understandable and attractive way. So that we get a positive and useful feedback from the visitors, which we can then incorporate into our design, if necessary.

The Plan Behind Your Prototyping Action

  • For the prototyping action we needed thread, printed pictures and plans, markers and a lot of imagination. With this we want to present different design situations for Klein-Tischardt in shop windows, through which we want to stimulate memories, generate ideas and increase interest in Klein-Tischardt.
  • Our intervention has no defined schedule, ideally our gallery could grow more and more and we only represent an initial intention. Because we also want to achieve results, a period of 1 month with changing installations would be most advantageous.

The Realization of Your Prototyping Action

  • The current status (as of 28.09.2020) of the prototyping campaign is that we have built phase 2 of the installation for the campaign. Our intervention consists on the one hand of a schematic site plan for all interventions taking place within Klein-Tischardt, with working examples. The second part consists of a picture and mirror installation in a shop window. On the one side towards the viewer one sees a situation in Klein-Tischardt, on the opposite side one sees the same location in another situation. The opposite side can only be seen through the mirror. With this installation we want to emphasize the different facets and possibilities of Klein-Tischardt.
  • Already in the preparation phase we were approached by a few interested people, who were especially interested in the topic of reducing the number of cars in the district. Which is very important to us as a design goal. Not always somebody wanted to talk to us, but it was a positive result to see that when somebody walks past the shop windows, he stops and looks at it.

Reflect on Your Prototyping Action

  • Our Pop Up Art Gallery brought a smile to the faces of the users, we hope that we have initiated a discussion process. But just by smiling you don't get concrete feedback, so we still have to work on the possibility to get feedback. Another point we noticed through the intervention is that we were able to show what can be done with a vacant space, how it can be revived.
  • Our ultimate success is yet to come but it will be measured by how much feedback we can get. We want to encourage the useres to think further and to show them that we value and present their opinions in an evective way.

Phase E: Collaborative Evaluation and Future Agendas

Collaborative Evaluation and Landscape Democracy Reflection

  • The UN goals we have set ourselves as role models are goal 11 sustainable cities and communities, goal 13 Climate action and goal 15 Life on land.
  • In Klein-Tischardt there is the challenge of the lack of communication which causes the outdoor facilities and open spaces to suffer greatly. Therefore, we have seen it as our task to draw attention to these problem areas with different methods, in the hope that we will initiate a process to get closer to the mentioned role models.

The Actors in your Collaborative Evaluation

  • Since the beginning of the project it is important to integrate the inhabitants of Klein-Tischardt, the neighbours, shop owners and stakeholders into our design process. Through COVID 19, this task has become very slow, but because of this, many people are interested in change and want to be integrated into the process. No matter if they are in the minority or not.
  • The role of my group in the whole integration process was like a detective. Through our intervention, in which we drew attention to retrospective events and circumstances in Klein-Tischardt, we were able to dig deeper into the history of the place and the people and to understand them. Which helped greatly in the design process.

Reflection of the Online Seminar

  • I conducted the LED2LEAP seminar on my own, the parallel design project and intervention was carried out by a group of four. So I had no real problems for the tasks related to LED2LEAP, only when it came to the correct and timely reproduction of background information from the design project. Which unfortunately was delayed by COVID 19, because of the distance workplaces of the group members.
  • The seminar was clearly and understandably structured. The integrated exercises helped very well to understand methods and topics. The online seminar also taught techniques for "distanced", computer-based participation.

Reflection of the Living Lab Process

  • The intervention is called "Social Distancing Pop Up Gallery", so we had planned with the problems of COVID 19 from the beginning. Our planning was mainly delayed by organizational problems, which had the advantage that the measures in Germany were loosened and more people could use our gallery.
  • With the Intervetion we want to improve the perspective of Klein-Tischardt in a playful way. Through historical photo installations, attention is drawn to the changes in a cityscape, both positive and negative, thus stimulating a discussion about possible improvements in Klein-Tischardt.
  • In the course of the intervention we received more and more historical photo material but also inquiries whether our own old private photos could be used in the exhibition, which was a positive surprise. This showed us that people were and are interested in their history. That they noticed changes and that many small places, many stories can have, which are worth to be told.

Your Living Lab Code of Conduct

  • My design group and I were concerned with openness, equality, transparency, critical faculties, respect and creativity in all executive processes. These points all refer to the group, to the encounter with the users but also to my personal values. Many points of view have been deepened or almost forgotten in the individual processes, but everyone was eager to integrate them and the ideals.

Process Reflection

  • The intercultural meetings in Zoom gave me the opportunity to experience the methods taught to us in different scenarios. The biggest limitation was that sometimes we didn't understand each other well because of the connection or the image transmission didn't work.
  • With the help of the meetings I was able to collect my results after each phase in retrospect and create further insights. Especially the priority of participation and communication.