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Insights | July & August 2014

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Here it is: the first issue of the new news format Insights. We look back on the Baden-Württemberg Sustainability Days 2014. Further topics of the first Insights are, among others: District Future at the city’s anniversary in 2015 and at the Oststadt street festival, the beginning of the preparations for the BürgerForum, accompanying research in the field of civic participation, and the conceptual design of an online platform for sustainable consumption. You are cordially invited to gain insight into our project work.

  • We were there: Baden-Württemberg Sustainability Days 2014

The Baden-Württemberg Sustainability Days were held on 12 July 2014. District Future participated in the days of action for the second time to set an example for sustainability with three different actions in Karlsruhe’s Oststadt. Together with the volunteers of the District Future’s group of regulars, the idea of an open air living room was developed in the run-up to the event. This intervention turned the Oststadt into a colorful and vibrant living room. The ReparaturCafé, which has by now become a regular event, went on a journey this time. People were sewing, fixing things and pottering around with a lot of commitment and enthusiasm at Jubez in Karlsruhe’s city center. An invitation for an open air meeting of the group of regulars topped off the active day with conversations and good food – this time outdoors in Humboldtstraße. In the aftermath, the team is now evaluating the event, sifting photos, and preparing documentations which will soon be published on this website. We would like to thank all of those who took part in the organization – and preparation – of this day.

  •  Planning for Karlsruhe’s 300th anniversary in 2015

The city of Karlsruhe started with the preparations for its 300th anniversary in 2015. District Future has been asked to organize two or three three-hour sessions at the citizens’ pavilion, the centerpiece of the event. Of course we are glad to accept this offer, so we are currently developing and preparing suitable topics and formats.

  • District Future at the Oststadt street festival

On 2 and 3 August a street festival took place in Karlsruhe’s Oststadt, where District Future was represented with a stand. We collected ideas how this stand could be designed and which aspects of our works should be presented. We showed an overview of our activities in the year 2014 and also gave associated work groups the opportunity to present themselves.

  • BürgerForum is in preparation

A prominent subject of District Future’s current project work is the content-related design and organization of the BürgerForum, a citizens’ forum in and for Karlsruhe’s Oststadt. BürgerForum is a format of civic participation over several weeks with phases of attendance and online participation which was developed by Bertelsmann Stiftung. It will be held in the fall of 2014 as a cooperation between the city of Karlsruhe and District Future for Karlsruhe’s Oststadt. Similar to the activities during the town hall meeting “Perspectives for the Oststadt – Designing the District Future” which took place in February of this year, the BürgerForum shall give citizens the opportunity to develop – this time more detailed – issue-specific ideas for a sustainable city life. The ideas shall then be implemented by the citizens themselves. Currently we are negotiating with the city administration the exact objective, the title, and the topics to be approached.

  •  Accompanying research on civic participation

Since the ReparaturCafé became firmly establish in Karlsruhe now, the project’s scientific accompanying research started at the third ReparaturCafé. Together with colleagues from KIT we compiled a questionnaire which could be completed by the participants. The responses will now be analyzed. We would like to take the opportunity to thank all of those who took the time to answer the questions.

  •  Follow-up to Sustainability 2014

In cooperation with the transatlantic research initiative “Forum on Sustainable Technological Development in a Globalizing World”, the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) and the KIT Focus Humans and Technology, District Future organized the international conference Sustainability 2014: Future Urban Development at Different Scales in Karlsruhe in May 2014. We are currently working on the follow-up to this conference. This includes writing documentations and articles for scientific journals as well as compiling a book comprising all conference contributions. This will be published at the end of 2014. A retrospective view of the conference can already be found at this website.

  • Conference participation

With participation in national and international conferences District Future takes the continued opportunity to introduce the concept of the project and the current status of developments and to obtain professional opinions. Conferences also offer a good opportunity for networking and inspiration by other works in the field of sustainable development of cities and districts as well as sustainability transformation. District Future was presented at the symposium “City and Region – Living Labs of Resilience-oriented Transformation” in Kassel at the beginning of July. In addition, contributions to the “4th International Conference on Degrowth for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity” in Leipzig in September and the Winterthur Urban Forum “Cities of the Future. Cities of Vicinity” in November are planned.

  •  Conceptual design of a web platform for sustainable consumption

In the context of his bachelor thesis at the Department of Industrial Engineering and in co-operation with District Future, Hauke Wagner is working on the conceptual design of an online platform for sustainable consumption in the District Future. The aim is to work out how sustainable economic activities in the district can be specifically promoted and brought into the citizens’ everyday life within the District Future. In order to make the topic accessible to the public and allow for broad participation, the focus was put on a guide to sustainable consumption. It shall give orientation for the most important purchase decisions regarding offers oriented towards sustainability.

The next issue of Insights will be published on Tuesday, 23 September 2014.

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