Urban Alternatives is launched by a collaboration of different actors which are united in their efforts to create a more democratic, just and sustainable world. This map seeks to highlight initiatives that work towards this goal. Proposal for initiatives not listed yet can be made directly on the website. This process is open to new collaborations.


Planbude Hamburg

Citizen Participation Mechanism

PlanBude (Planning Shack) is a transdisciplinary office that organizes the planning process for the ensemble of the former ESSO-Häuser (ESSO houses) on Reeperbahn, St. Pauli, Hamburg. The idea of PlanBude as an independent facilitator of a credible bottom-up planning process was kicked off by a citizens’ assembly in 2014, and their commissioning later agreed on by the city administration, the local parliament and the private owners. From their office in a container, situated directly at the construction site, PlanBude started a unique participatory process called Wunschproduktion (wish production). Innovative tools ensured accessibility for and contributions by everybody to the complex planning process. The “St. Pauli Code” as a condensed result of this process then built the briefing for the architectural competition.

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