On Grabbeplatz in Düsseldorf

The Wiesencafé – Laboratory for Innovation relocates from Garath to the city centre for two days and opens on Grabbeplatz in front of the Kunstsammlung NRW on 29 and 30 April.

Grabbeplatz 5, 40213 Düsseldorf
Monday und Tuesday, 29 and 30 April 2024
9:30 a.m. – 04:00 p.m.

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RRX ‒ Noise barrier for Düsseldorf

LOAM ‒ folded earth

The design by Ute Reeh (Zentrum für Peripherie Düsseldorf), Martin Rauch (LehmTonErde Baukunst GmbH) and Martin Haas (haas-cookzemmrich STUDIO 2050) as part of the Interdisciplinary Design Competition for the integration of noise control into the urban space of Düsseldorf in the course of the infrastructure development for the RRX is one of the three winning projects invited to elaborate on their proposal.

The most important feature of the project is the building material loam and the folded shape of the projected noise barrier. The building material cob, which enables the comparatively low-energy realisation, is also directly and completely recyclable. Where possible, due to a special diffractor, the noise barrier height is to be just so low that train passengers can look over the wall into the city. The wall shape is to have an irregular folded form that is aesthetically pleasing and breaks the monotony, but is also statically, acoustically and in places microclimatically effective.

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Artists in Wittenberger Weg

Adina Bar-On

The Israeli performance artist is a fellowship holder of the Zentrum für Peripherie in May 2022.
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Elements of a Theory of Periphery

Insecure Times and Open Thinking | Academy for Agile Processes

was the sixth stop in the series Elements of a Theory of Periphery. 16 May 2021, 15h Kunsthalle Düsseldorf. The event was streamed online. A summary video is available on the “#6 Academy” page.

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Brandenburg’s Alhambra

Planning process

of a construction that protects people, landscape and nature and combines innovative and economical process technology with contemporary design language. With a planned length of about 4.2 km, the largest contemporary earthen building ensemble in Europe would be created. This would have the potential to help clay achieve an economically relevant breakthrough as a building material of the future. It is to become a pioneer for the coexistence of new technology and sustainable planning, innovation in construction, noise protection and the experience of nature.

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Opening of the test wall in Nebelin

On May 5, 2020, the completed test wall at the day care center in Nebelin, Brandenburg, was opened and presented to the public. The 8  m long and 2.20 m high loam wall in combined “Wellerlehm” and compacted loam construction technique was built as a test and for the purpose of presentation as part of a feasibility study for an innovative noise protection wall made of loam on a section of the A14 motorway. Many villagers from Nebelin, children from the kindergarten, political personalities of the federal state and of the county, press, and the craftsmen and scientists involved in the feasibility study and in the building of the test wall were present at the opening ceremony and presentation.

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Infinite degrees of freedom – in the public space

Conference on Thursday, 5 March 2020, from 9:30 to 16:00
On Wittenberger Weg in Düsseldorf-Garath

The interdisciplinary conference ‘Infinite degrees of freedom – in the public space’ evaluates seven years of artistic work. It explores the freedom of thought and action opened by artistically accompanied processes. It examines how this freedom of thought and action creates a common public space. The conference is a contribution to the joint project 100 jahre bauhaus im westen.

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Invitation to the Centre of Periphery

On the occasion of KUNSTPUNKTE DÜSSELDORF we have shown projections by Ricardo Basbaum (Rio de Janeiro), Andrea Hofmann and Nina Peters (raumlabor Berlin), Folke Köbberling (Berlin/Braunschweig) at the communication platform Wiesencafé. Friday 13th September 2019

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Artists in Wittenberger Weg. September 2019

Folke Köbberling

In September 2019, Folke Köbberling is a scholarship holder of Artists in Wittenberger Weg. She brought sheep’s wool from Berlin. Many helped to twist threads out of it and Folke Köbberling crocheted a thick carpet for the “Wiesencafé”. She is a visual artist who lives in Berlin and teaches at the TU Braunschweig.

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Sustainable noise protection and renaturation promotion

Instead of a conventional solution, such as an earth wall or steel/aluminium/concrete wall, we propose a noise protection prototype in rammed earth or Weller loam construction technique between kilometers 16 to 20 as part of the construction of the A14 south of Karstädt.

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Lecture and discussion

The Wiesencafé – Laboratory for innovation

Concept, planning, construction and operation of the Wiesencafé

Wednesday, 17.01. 12:15 to 13 o’clock
Lecture, soup and bread
Followed by an open discussion

University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf PBSA – Architecture
Münsterstr. 156, 40476 Düsseldorf

Building 6
Second floor room 004

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Noise protection for Düsseldorf

KON TAKT ZONE / LOAM – folded earth / FERALcatalyst

with Ursula Damm, Ute Reeh, Ingo Vetter

Friday 18. August from 19:00
Saturday 19. August 14:00 to 20:00 o’clock
Sunday 20. August 12:00 to 18:00 o’clock

Düsseldorfers – especially those who live or work along the RRX rail line – are cordially invited from August 18 to 20 to contribute their ideas, wishes, suggestions, even cooperation.
In the city laboratory, which will be active during the planning and realization phase of the RRX expansion, these ideas and suggestions will be further collected, elaborated and their implementation planned.

Platform Wiesencafé
Wittenberger Weg 1
40593 Düsseldorf-Garath

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Rosa Jijón, Artist in Wittenberger Weg in June 2023

9687 km Nähe [proximity]

How to connect through art two cities and communities that apparently have nothing in common? We will discuss, share, walk, draw, cook and imagine a better place to live, and maybe we will find these connections and get to know each other. Because we might be closer than we think…

Getting to know Rosa Jijon, participation possible
Wednesday, 14 June 2023, 2 – 6 pm
Wittenberger Weg 1, 40593 Düsseldorf

Rosa Jijón presents her work
Tuesday, 20 June 17:30 in the Lecture Hall of the Academy of Arts
Eiskellerstraße 1, 40213 Düsseldorf

Rosa Jijón shows her Düsseldorf project
Friday, 23 June from 5 to 9 p.m. on the platform Wiesencafé
Wittenberger Weg 1, 40593 Düsseldorf

Monday 5 September 2022 at Wittenberger Weg in Düsseldorf-Garath

Symposium “New Life for Shared Places”

Public spaces are becoming increasingly important in our ever more individualised and digitalised society: we all need freely accessible spaces where encounters, exchanges and interactions of all kinds are possible.

In the symposium “New Life for Shared Places” (Neues Leben für gemeinsame Orte) on 05.09.22 in Düsseldorf-Garath, concepts and ideas will be discussed on the basis of the “Wiesencafé” platform as an example of how existing open spaces in our cities can be further developed into lively places of exchange, shared experience and communication with the involvement of citizens. Participants will include children and young people, researchers and teachers as well as representatives of similar projects in other cities.

The symposium is a joint project of the Center for Periphery NRW, the Chamber of Architects of North Rhine-Westphalia, Baukultur Nordrhein-Westfalen and the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences/PBSA.

Video impressions

Two Workshops on ‘Brandenburg’s Alhambra’

The first workshop January 2021 to find ideas for ecological noise protection and a rest area on the A14 autobahn near Nebelin took place as a hybrid online and presence workshop.
The second meeting in Nebelin, July 2021, was a planning workshop building on the results of the previous event.

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Pilot test of a cob press (video)

Pilot test on Saturday, 13 March 2021 on the premises of PS Kieswerke Perleberg with material directly from the soil on site.
Video: Pressing a Weller clay block with recycled clay from a 310-year-old building in Thuringia.

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Artists in Wittenberger Weg. October 2021

Tlaloc in Düsseldorf?

Preview of the latest work by Naomi Rincón Gallardo, scholarship holder at Wittenberger Weg in Düsseldorf Garath, Wittenberger Weg 94, 40593 Düsseldorf, Friday, 8 October 2021 from 6 – 7 p.m.

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Artists in Wittenberger Weg. September 2020

Building with Martin Kaltwasser

in the frame of Artists in Wittenberger Weg, in September 2020, the sculptor Martin Kaltwasser stays in Wittenberger Weg in Düsseldorf. Anyone interested may participate to create imaginative wall reliefs on the walls of two buildings next to the community platform with collected and donated wood. Together, the parking garage will be transformed into a beautiful palace. A newly installed blackboard can be used by all. We will also build something on the room next to the platform.

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April/May 2020: Test wall in Nebelin

As part of the feasibility study for a sustainable and innovative clay noise protection wall on the A14 motorway, a test wall will be erected in Nebelin, probably at the end of May, to test and illustrate the Wellerlehm (cob) and Stampflehm (rammed earth) construction methods (videos).

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Urban planning from the inside
Some ideas for better cities

Ute Reeh and Andrea Hofmann
Peter Behrens School of Art PBSA / HSD

In this participatory study project, students of the PBSA and pupils of the Alfred-Herrhausen-Schule in the immediate neighbourhood negotiate wishes and requirements for an urban development for the area of the former Nirosta factory in Düsseldorf Benrath will be converted to a residential neighborhood.

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Body | Conversation on communication furniture to make the whole and through it the relevance of its parts visible by means of communication.

Elements for a theory of periphery
Sunday 7 July 2019, 3 pm | Villa Waldfrieden | Cragg Foundation | Hirschstraße 12 | 42285 Wuppertal, Germany

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Artists in Wittenberger Weg. July 2019

Ricardo Basbaum – percussive politics

Ricardo Basbaum is an international guest of Artists in Wittenberger Weg in Düsseldorf-Garath from 30 June to 14 July 2019. In his choreografic diagramms, he investigates the network of relationships between object, spectator, participant, experience, change, the society and its traumas.

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