Streetspace as open space


Usage concepts on a human scale for the Theaterstraße in Aachen

Theaterstraße in Aachen Copyright: J. Gäckle



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The “Theaterstrasse” and the “Theaterplatz” are central locations in the city of Aachen. While the “Theaterplatz” still serves as a meeting point in front of the theater's aesthetic façade, the back of the theater, the Theaterstraße, is primarily characterized by car traffic. New innovative mobility or open space concepts, for example through car sharing initiatives, are implemented in many cities to reduce the use of manually operated cars, for example by increasing the quote of car-sharing spots or planning of experimental places like parklets, many cities are trying to reduce the use of the manually operated car more and more.

What if Theaterstrasse was no longer the stage for the automobile? What if the motorized traffic in the Theaterstraße no longer determines the public space as its primary use, but slides into the background and the street functions primarily as a quality place of for people? What would the Theaterstraße in Aachen look like if it were planned on a human scale and if it could represent a new qualitative freedom in Aachen as a street space?

Knowledge about different types and uses of open spaces will be generated and the knowledge will be applied to rethink sections of Theaterstraße, taking into account current trends in urban public space. The content-related goal of the seminar is to understand different types of open spaces and to apply the acquired knowledge to a design and usage concept for Theaterstraße.

  • First meeting: 3.04.2019, 9:30 AM, Seminarraum LA, Jakobstr. 2
  • Regular meetings: Wednesday, 9:30AM – 11:00AM, Seminarraum LA, Jakobstr. 2