The utopian phase

We put our dreams, hopes, and wishes up

Within the Utopian phase we uphold the specific rules developed for future workshops. The rules provide the best opportunity to create as equal a setting as possible by setting up frames for communication. All statements from the participants are written on wallpaper so they are visible throughout the phase. The wallpaper from the dystopian phase will be visible in the room.

 

Proces

  • Brainstorm
  • Voting
  • Critique themes
  • Group work (short)
  • Presentation

Under the ‘voting’-process in Germany we had to change the procedure since so many were chosen by one or two people. So after the original voting, the voted upon ideas were grouped under different headlines by the moderators. They created headers which represent an overarching approach of a set of ideas voted upon. Then the moderators presented this organization to the participants and invited them to give feedback on the sets of ideas organized. The participants moved some of the voted-upon ideas around as they commented that the headlines might not exactly fit to the set of ideas organized. Nevertheless, they felt the organization or grouping of the sets of ideas worked well and they were able to add their names to sets of ideas that they could see themselves working with. Three groups were finally chosen, each with three participants

 

The rules of the utopian phase

  • Reality is out of function
  • We are situated in a perfect world, where everything is possible
  • Only short statements are allowed
  • No discussion of statements
  • All statements are relevant

 

Focusing headline/question

We chose to have two difference headline questions for the workshops. In Denmark we had the headline ‘The city I am dreaming of in 2030?’ and in Germany we focused a bit more on mobility asking ‘My mobile life in Munich – What am I dreaming of?’.

 

Critique themes chosen by the participant

  • Kindness (DK)
  • Affordable housing – making good homes (DK)
  • Circular economy + agricultural resilience (DK)
  • More participation (D)
  • Flexible urban life (D)
  • The Cube City Manifesto for a randomized city (D)

 

Presentation of group work

The three groups were asked to spend two hours working on the set of ideas organized into the group or overarching theme. The group was responsible to develop its own overarching header for the group – and were open to use any method to express the utopia they chose to work with.

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Organising the votes and grouping the themes
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Utopian brainstorm in Germany
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First round of voting in Germany
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Second round of groping and voting on themes
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Presenting the theme ‘Kindness’ or the good city in Denmark
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Presenting the theme ‘Kindness’ or the good city in Denmark, caused intense debate on moral and behavioral management in relation to urban planning, and whether it at all was possible to create dogmas for the ‘good’ city
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Discussing the ‘good’
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Presenting the theme ‘Circular economy + agricultural resilience’. The group designed a winter coat to illustrate their utopia for the south Scandinavian city 2030. The winter coat focused on using materials sustainably local produced (wool nettles, lambskin, and hot shit – longest distance must be 50 km), reducing consumption (an investment €4000, 20 year guarantee, and opportunity for redesign and reproduction after use). What became clear in the discussion and the groups findings is a cultural, normative and behavioral change had to happen to to make this change come through . The concept of designing cultures came up.
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Presenting the theme ‘Affordable housing – making good homes’. The group presented 10 initiatives that could develop good affordable housing in the city 2030. After presenting it the group asked the participants to vote for the two they each found most interesting and important.
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Presenting the theme ‘more participation’. The group worked with the following four ideas derived from the utopia brainstorming activity: 1) 2-4 million inhabitants agree on one set of rules in public space 2) Much faster pace of innovation, 3) Get rid of all traffic lights, 4) No rules. They integrated these ideas into a proposed 24-hour test phase of “No rules in Munich”. It would be “a gigantic experiment about ourselves” with zero rules to all public spaces and mobilities.
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Presenting the theme ‘flexible urban life’. Creating a skit, they continued to enter the room – presumably a bar or meeting point in a city outside of Munich – and to describe all the interesting ways that Münchner or Munich residents have developed a more flexible urban and mobile life. One of the main elements of their presentation was to bring in or include fun and emotions in being mobile, integrating different modes of private and public transport.
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Presenting the theme ‘The Cube City Manifesto for a randomized city’. One key aspect of this is the self-functioning movement and continuous mobility of the city. It is ‘constantly vibrating’ as the participants stated, and there is constant movement between the different elements which define cities in different ways. The manifesto for a cube city is ground in five central points: 1. We must build a randomized city… 2. …with mobile architectural structures. The city must break the given social contexts (hierarchies, family, communities…). 3. The city must continuously renew our points of view and enrich our lives. 4. The city must supply a self-moving system for transportation and living. 5. The city must continuously vibrate.

 

 

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