Summer in the garden lounge 2017

On July 30, 2017, Berlin’s city district councilors Oliver Schruoffenegger (Urban Development, Construction and Environment in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf) and Arne Herz (Citizen Services, Economic and Regulatory Affairs) ceremoniously opened the new garden lounge of the NEUE MOBILITÄT BERLIN project. In front of the business premises of they cut the red ribbon and invited numerous guests and residents to an intensive exchange about the current transformation of public parking space.

For more than 2,5 months, the so-called “garden lounge” stood on the surface of 2 parking spaces and was used for lingering, getting to know each other and for a number of events.

Last year, situated at the same location in front of Mindener Strasse 22, was the “bring-your-pillow” lounge built from Euro pallets. This popular seating was very well received in 2017 so that it should be renewed this summer in form of a handcrafted and designer high-quality built garden lounge.

Constructed with the help of a master carpenter the parklet made of predominantly PEFC-certified wood and colored upcycled acrylic glass was decorated with flowers and herbs from the Mosaik Gärtnerhof Charlottenburg in Fürstenbrunner Weg.

In the 10 weeks from mid-July to the end of September 2017, the project NEUE MOBILITÄT BERLIN welcomed in the garden lounge, among others, the International Cooperation Corporation (GIZ) and the Agora Transport Transformation with 70 traffic planners from around the world. As part of the European Mobility Week on September 16 and 17 innovative forms of mobility were tested such as an i3 from the DriveNow vehicle fleet, a prototype of the BMW Motorrad X2City (pedelec scooter) and a Coup electric scooter. In addition, mobility providers such as drive-by and nextbike presented their services to interested passers-by.

The TU Berlin in cooperation with the DorfwerkStadt e. V. addressed “Opportunities and Limits of Citizen Participation in the District” and the Competence Center Urban Mobility of the BMW Group informed about “Ideas and Concepts for Sustainable Urban Mobility & Quality of Life”.

The NEUE MOBILITÄT BERLIN project also invited critical questioning to the action and communication area. According the motto “They take the parking lot away from me”, one approached neighbours who previously did not feel sufficiently informed about the motives and objectives of the research project or have fundamentally different ideas about the use of public urban space.

Of course, the garden lounge also offered the possibility of purely private chatting, entertaining stay and pausing. Coffee & cake from the bakery next door or the lunch break could be enjoyed here.

Children played in the sunshine, babies were breastfed and even in the rain the free Wi-Fi attracted its "owners" to this "oasis in the asphalt jungle“.

— Rolf Mienkus, UG (haftungsbeschränkt)

On September 29, the project with friends and acquaintances adopted the summer in the garden lounge at a small closing event. Dagmar Eichhorn presented in her inimitable way the Turkish fairy tale of the basil girl, a delicious snack satisfied the arisen hunger and the winners of a free day with the rental electro cargo bicycle LARS were drawn.

How to continue with the parklet next year?

This is not yet clarified – but we are always open for exciting suggestions!