This project was researched in 2005 by a team of experts commissioned by CIPRA as part of the Future in the Alps Project. The contents are not being updated.
New forms of decision-making
The teens_open_space is a participatory open space planning regarding to teenage interests. Teenagers have the opportunity to take over space in their environment. They can express their criticism and ideas regarding their most used urban spaces in so-called 'city walks'. In planning workshops teenagers are encouraged to express their utopias and ideas by re-designing their chosen spaces.
The project is directed by Karin Standler, Landscape Planner. Partners are: Verein Rettet das Kind Vienna, Municipality of Graz, Municipality of Bruck/Mur, Municipality of Linz, Municipality of Steyr, Ringbrotwerke Linz, Sport Eybl Linz, Gardening School of Piestany, Gardening School of Malinovo, Verein ISI (Initiativen für soziale Integration, Streetwork), Kulturplattform Oberösterreich, Region Eferding, Communities Aschach, Buchkirchen, Eferding, Fraham, Haibach, Hartkirchen, Hinzenbach, Prabachkirchen, Pupping, Scharten
teenagers from Linz, Vienna, Graz, Bruck/Mur, Steyr, Piestany and Malinovo at the age from 15-25
The project aims at including teenagers in planning processes as actors and contributing to the future development of urban areas. The knowledge of teenagers as users of urban areas and free spaces is of high importance but mostly not used. Planning does often not include all interests. Special interest of teenagers, the users of these areas, are often neglected.
planning workshops, City_line youth conference, city walks to favourite locations and 'scary' locations, film art work, networking and education for streetworkers and planners
Teens_open_space is a multi-level participation process. Within four teenager workshops requirements and ideas for free spaces in the cities are registered, ideas how to re-design these spaces are developed. Then political demands for implementation are formulated and in the end new areas and free spaces are built. At the same time participation is fixed in the administration offices, organisations, streetworking.
The four workshops took place within 6 months: (1) city walks to favourite and 'scary' locations (teenagers show planners their favourite and hated places, analyse of sojourne quality and deficiency, documentation, ideas for amelioration), (2) Planning workshop (concepts for new spaces under instruction of a landscape planner, modelling), (3) city_line (The city_line youth conference gives teenagers the possibility to discuss with politicians and officials. The teenagers bring their arguments, ideas and projects.), (4) construction work shop (Selected elements of the planning workshop are finalised by landscape planners. Teenagers help implementing and realising their ideas and build their new free spaces. This work is documented in a film.) (5) Film (Film and Internet project by teenagers), (5) networking (having contacts between several official departments, co-operation), (6) education (Streetworkers and mobile youth workers are working in the free spaces. They are a organ for teenagers. Teens_open_space give them the possibility to stregthen their position of intervening.)
The project was not evaluated.
In some cities (f.e. Linz) the projects of the teenagers were not realised although a realisation was promised!
80.000 EUR (EU-funds only) (Euro)
EU Commission's Youth Programme, Municipalities of Vienna, Linz, Graz, Steyr, Bruck/Mur in Austria and Malinovo and Piestany in Slovakia