Mobility Lab Night #1

On Thursday, June 7, the first open lab evening of the project Cities4People took place.

In spite of hot summer temperatures, two groups worked intensively on the topics of cycling infrastructure and conflicts of use in public spaces, and developed initial solution ideas for Altona. In doing so, different levels of action were considered, from one’s own person, to organizations and companies, right through to the city-wide level.

The evening started with a short presentation of the project Cities4People. Thereafter, the participants spread to the various theme tables. The group work started with a “negative brainstorming”. It was considered how the situation in each topic could be as bad as possible. This was very entertaining, as the ideas were of course sometimes quite absurd.

In the next step, the ideas were turned into their opposite, so that constructive ideas for improving the respective situation were produced.

These ideas have now been assigned to different levels of action (I – my neighborhood – my company / organization / school – the district – the city). If it turned out that only a few ideas were assigned to some levels of action, further ideas could be added here.

In the next step, individual ideas were selected and transferred to a prepared workplace. Here it was looked at how on each of the action levels a contribution to the achievement of the goal could be made.

These concept approaches are now being worked on and further elaborated in Mobility Lab # 2.

There are some impressions in the gallery. The collected ideas and concepts are still in the process.


Discussions about the traffic situation in the city are often not cheerful or prudent. Sometimes it’s the chaotic cyclists racing over red traffic lights, then again the parked sidewalks and when roads are rescheduled, the authorities in charge make everything wrong anyway.

High time to change the discussion. High time for a Mobility Slam in the Altona Culture Days!

Instead of long monologues, on Thursday evening there were short contributions to current and future traffic solutions, instead of a cheery moderator, an audience jury, the speakers and their content assessed in a proven slam manner.
And so reported Michael Glotz-Richter (Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, The Senator for Environment, Construction and Transport) of shopping carts in Bremen children’s rooms, Sandro Rabbiosi from the start-up NÜWIEL explained the benefits of electronic bicycle trailers and Karen van der Linde of the Hamburger Hochbahn the experiences with the prototyping experiment of the Platzampel.
After a short break, Johannes Mielchen (Bergedorf district, Smart City staff station) explained why Bergedorf is miles ahead of all other Hamburg districts in terms of SmartCity, and Daniel Jenett introduced the bicycle parking revolution with the BIKEPORT. Finally, Philine Gaffron (TUHH) gave an overview of all innovations in the transport sector, and it quickly became clear that the many solutions that are nowadays being considered as modern, new ideas are not all that new – from electric cars to ride sharing all of them for more than 100 years.
Finally, the jury evaluation was announced, which could not have been more difficult; There was only one point difference between the individual speakers and so Sandro Rabbiosi and his start-up NÜWIEL won with 38 points.
We enjoyed the first Mobility Slam a lot, and the contributions of the “Mobility Slammer” were not only informative, but also extremely entertaining.
Information about the presented projects can be found under the following


Free Hanseatic City of Bremen:  Car sharing  and project Sunrise
Hamburger Hochbahn: Platzampel
Bergedorf district: project MySmartLife
TUHH, Institute of Transport Planning and Logistics

Cities4People mobility lab at the 1st Altona Climate Laboratory

The first Altona Climate Workshop will take place on the 28th of March at 6.30 pm in the Louise Schroeder School. The Climate Change Conference is a public event to which all citizens of Altona are invited. It is part of public participation in the creation of the Integrated Climate Change Concept for the district of Altona. After Bergedorf Altona is the second district of Hamburg, which creates such a “climate timetable”.

The concept is to be drawn up by the autumn of this year, with implementation starting in 2019.

Of course, mobility also plays a major role in climate protection. At the 1st climate workshop on 28.3. Cities4People is represented on the “market of possibilities”. Here you can find information about the project Cities4People and the mobility lab, and of course everyone can contribute directly to the site!

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Public Workshop on the Development of the Holsten Area

On Dec 2nd, 2018, a public workshop on the development of the Holsten area was held.

This workshop provided an opportunity for citizens to learn about and comment on the different sections of the master plan for the Holsten Site. At the beginning of 2017, after the Carlsberg Group decided to relocate its Holsten Brewery production site to the south side of the Elbe, an urban-open space planning competition was announced to determine the future development structure on the site. The winner was chosen in the summer of 2017 and it is this plan that was discussed on the 2nd.

At various theme tables, citizens met with representatives of various institutions, initiatives and institutions from the district as well as with employees of the Altona district office and Hamburg authorities. The Cities-4-People team was part of the Transport and Mobility table. Other topics included the planning of the public park, housing and living arrangements, work and industry, inclusion, culture, social infrastructure, school and sports. At the event, citizens could ask questions about aspects of the plan, provide comments, and discuss general issues and challenges that they hope for the plan to incorporate. These interactions provided inspiration for the Cities-4-People project, especially helping to identify the transportation problems of high concern in the community.

The results of the workshop and further information on the participation process can be found here.

Workshop on co-creative methods

In January 2018, the Cities4People project team visited the project partner Waag-Society, but not in Amsterdam but in Bergen aan Zee, directly on the North Sea.

While outside a winter storm made for a decent surf, the project teams from the five pilot regions worked intensively on designing the mobility labs and co-creative methods. It was also a great opportunity for intensive exchanges between the various pilot regions and learning from each other.

The seminar was organized and guided by Waag Society, who have already gained a lot of experience with coproduction processes with the Smart Citizen Lab in Amsterdam.

The experiences of the 3-day seminar are incorporated into the planning of the local mobility labs. In the gallery there are a few impressions to see.