Socio-spatial experiments with young people in urban public open space

Karow, D. & H. von Seggern, 2004, Socio-spatial experiments with young people in urban public open space, in: OPENspace, ‘Open space, people space’, OPENspace, Edinburgh

  • Author : Karow, D. & H. von Seggern
  • Year : 2004
  • Published in Book : Open space, people space
  • Abstract in English : This paper argues that in times of uncertain future developments of our cities we have to think about temporary and more flexible planning strategies. The method of socio-spatial experiments describes a new approach of linking design-creativity with scientific methodology, connecting theoretical research with practical planning, finding answers to spatial questions and changing space through experiments to induce further processes. In the field of research on young people’s needs a lack of detailed references to space can be ascertained. Research shows that teenagers asked to evaluate the situation of open space and to express what open space should look like have problems communicating their own ideas and needs. Socio-spatial experiments as temporary interventions are a possible way to confront teenagers with new design ideas and to involve them in the planning process. While the method of observations just reflects the status quo, experiments transform theoretical hypothesis into actual plans.
  • Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: socio-spatial experiments, young people, temporary intervention, design strategies, process planning. [paper 6 p.]