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Shaping the community together

May 31, 2022
The German municipality of Ingenried shows how local residents and young people in particular can work together to develop a concept for village development.
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(c) Die Stadtentwickler

Several buildings in the centre of the community of Ingenried/D are standing empty. The residents and the municipality worked out what should happen to them in a broad participation process, with working groups, surveys, meetings and digital participation opportunities. A youth council was founded so that young people between the ages of 14 and 22 could have a say in the local council. Together, all those involved drew up a concept for village development. The aim was to promote inner development, strengthen the village centre, create sustainable urban structures and preserve the village's identity. Among other things, a village park is to be created in the centre of the village. Other activities included an exchange on the topic of housing with students of "Social Innovation" and the local population. In the participatory action "Dorfmacher:in" (Village Makers), citizens submitted ideas for the temporary use of two communal properties. The winners were then able to temporarily use the vacant properties free of charge.

More information: (de)

Fact sheet

What: Community development, inclusion of youth, temporary use of vacant municipal properties

Who: Municipality of Ingenried

Where: Ingenried, Germany

When: 2021-2022

Transferability: The process of citizen participation is also transferable to other municipalities.


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