WIESENCAFÉ – Laboratory for Innovation
on Grabbeplatz in Düsseldorf

Grabbeplatz 5, 40213 Düsseldorf
Monday and Tuesday, 29 and 30 April 2024
9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Wiesencafé – Laboratory for Innovation is moving its location from Garath to the city centre for two days and will open on Grabbeplatz in front of the Kunstsammlung NRW on 29 and 30 April.

On 29 and 30 April, Düsseldorf residents of all ages are invited to take part in the creation process of the Wiesencafé from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.. On Grabbeplatz in front of the Kunstsammlung NRW, the bases of the walls will be recreated in their original dimensions for two days.

The Grabbeplatz with the floor plan of the Wiesencafé built for two days (photo montage)

A special focus will be on the topic of “Building with excavated soil”, as the Garather Wiesencafé is to be built using the “Weller loam construction method”. On Monday, interested people can bring soil samples of around 400 grams to Grabbeplatz to have them analysed for their suitability for Wellerlehmbau. The samples will be processed and measured on Tuesday.

Morning programme

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Laboratory for innovation in operations

12:30 p.m. – 01:30 p.m.
Snack Wiesencafé with Kevin Kutsch and the AHS

Programme Tuesday 30 April

12:00 noon – 12:30 p.m.
Children and young people from the Alfred-Herrhausen-Schule in Garath and the project partners Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences under the leadership of PBSA; Schulkunst e.V.; Zentrum für Peripherie NRW e.V.; and Städtische Wohnungsgesellschaft as property developer give an insight into the Wiesencafé.

12:30 p.m. – 01:30 p.m.
Snack Wiesencafé with Kevin Kutsch and the AHS

01:30 p.m. – 03:00 p.m.
Discussion on the Wiesencafé as a dialogue between contemporary art, education, crafts, building culture, materials research and architecture

with Francesco Apuzzo, raumlaborberlin; Klaus Feldhaus, Städtische Wohnungsgesellschaft Düsseldorf; M.Sc. Leonie Gleiser Institut für Baustoffe, TU Dresden; Christiane Hellmann Emschergenossenschaft, Stabsstelle Bodenmanagement; Franz Klein-Wiele, Werkstatt für Modellbau und Prototypen, PBSA/ Hochschule Düsseldorf; Klaus Kurtz, Netzwerk Bildung für nachhaltige Entwicklung Düsseldorf; Elke Löbke, Haus Bürgel, Düsseldorf (enquired); Prof. Judith Reitz, Dekan PBSA/ Hochschule Düsseldorf; Prof Pablo Molestina, Gebäudelehre, PBSA/ Hochschule Düsseldorf; Alban Fangmeier, Kevin Kutsch and other students. Judith Reitz, Dean PBSA/ Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences; Prof Pablo Molestina, Building Science, PBSA/ Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences; Alban Fangmeier, Kevin Kutsch and other PBSA students; Prof. Dr. Katja Gramelt, Educational Science, Department of Cultural and Social Sciences, HSD; Students inside of FB Kultur und Sozialwissenschaften HSD; Markus Lehrmann and Christof Rose, Architektenkammer NRW; Jan Mittelstädt, SNW Ingenieure, Berlin; Ute Reeh, Zentrum für Peripherie NRW; Susanna Schoenberg, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf; Carl-Friedrich Schöer, Eiskellerberg TV; Peter Schüller, Head of Education, Kunstsammlung NRW (enquired); Beate Steil, photographer, Düsseldorf (enquired); Jasmin Vogel, Kulturforum Witten; Richard Vogts, Düsseldorf City Planning Office; Peter Zerfaß, Headmaster Alfred-Herrhausen-Schule

and with all other guests

Moderation: Peter Köddermann, Baukultur NRW



The idea for the Wiesencafé on Wittenberger Weg in Garath was formulated by young people from the neighbourhood in 2013. They discovered that their neighbourhood on Wittenberger Weg in Garath lacked a self-designed, active centre. A place where you can get something to eat, a place where their own culture is visible, an open place that is a meeting point also for people “from outside”.
The Wiesencafé as a “LABORATORY FOR INNOVATION” is a place for culture and collaboration, an interdisciplinary project with a participatory educational focus, an experimental laboratory for transdisciplinary research. The Wiesencafé laboratory is open to people of all ages and backgrounds.

The Wiesencafé is located on the border between Garath and Benrath in Düsseldorf, opposite a large industrial wasteland that is to be transformed into a new residential neighbourhood over the next ten years. The Wiesencafé is conceived as a “third place” meeting point, a place for social and cultural encounters, a place for the development of participative planning and realisation for public space. Contemporary art provides the framework for contributing one’s own ideas and expertise.

In 2025/26, the Wiesencafé on Wittenberger Weg in Garath is to be built as the first contemporary public cob building.