Halle für Alle - urban transformation workshop at Freiraumgalerie Freiimfelde

51°28'59.4"N 11°59'35.0"E


Freiraumgalerie organised the framework for this workshop as part of a summer school. StudioUBK, together with a handful of committed and interested local teenagers developed and realised three urban installation within a few days. The wooden constructions are deliberately built in the street space, where they question the car-oriented urban planning, still common in Germany, and at the same time, show the spatial potential of a neighbourhood street. 






Freiraumgalerie is an urban art and culture collective based in Halle an der Saale, initiated in 2012 in the Freiimfelde neighbourhood. In 2011, with a vacancy rate of 48%, Freiimfelde was one of the districts in Germany most affected by emigration. The original aim of Freiraumgalerie was to transform the whole district with street art and graffiti, demonstrating that these techniques can lead to positive social, cultural, and economic impacts in shrinking and neglected areas. For months the deserted quarter has become the largest open-space gallery in the world. Numerous international artists turned entire house facades into urban canvases, the streets into venues for workshops, concerts and exhibitions and an entire district into a colourful and self-determined quarter, to which people slowly moved back. Thanks to the open-space gallery, the district has also become known beyond the city limits.

The parklets are colourfully painted and planted with kitchen greens. They invite one to lounge, or even skate. A spraypainted carpet of writing - a poem collectively composed - a love letter to the city, visually holds them together and adds a second level over the street, transforming it into a temporary square.


HALLE IST
SO BUNT
WIE EIN
REGEN
BOGEN
AUCH
MAL
GRAU
UND
DUSTER
GRAFFITIS
AN DEN
WÄNDEN
FARBEN
FROH
UND
LEBENDIG
WIE DIE
LEUTE
MANCH
MAL
ZWAR
TROCKEN
UND ALT
UND
BLASS
EIN ORT
FÜR JEDE
FORM
VON
CHARAK
TEREN UND
SPRACH
EN UND
KULTUR
EN EIN
HALLE
FÜR ALLE
HIER IST
IMMER
WAS LOS
EIN VIEL
SEITIGES
GEWIMM
EL AUS
MENSCH
EN UND I
DEEN MIT
TIEREN
ALLER ART
GERADE
GEKLAUT
AUS DEM
ZOO

HALLE IST
HIPP
HALLE IST COOL
HIER
HABEN
ALLE
IHREN EIGENEN
STIL
PURER
ROCK N
ROLL SODASS
DIE
HALLE
BEBT
HALLE IST HEIMAT
DENN
HALLE
LEBT