Diverse neighbourhoods for everyone

​The project tests the diversity-reflective opening of participation opportunities in the social space. Artistic and communicative interventions are developed in cooperation with the neighborhood population and community work.

Factsheet

  • Lead school School of Social Work
  • Additional schools Bern Academy of the Arts
  • Institute Institute of Design Research
    Institute for Social and Cultural Diversity
  • Research unit Social Communication
  • Funding organisation Others
  • Duration (planned) 11.01.2023 - 30.09.2024
  • Project management Simone Gäumann
  • Head of project Simone Gäumann
  • Project staff Dr. Annina Tischhauser
    Beatrice Kaufmann
    Dana Pedemonte
  • Keywords ​Participationdiversity, artistic interventions, Social Design, socio-spacial Socia Work, participatory production of knowledge

Situation

​The quality of life of people in the city of Bern depends to a large extent on their satisfaction with their living environment and their perception that they can influence their own living space. However, the possibility of actively shaping this living space and making a contribution to community life depends on structural access conditions as well as individual, e.g. socio-economic, preconditions, and is a particular challenge in disadvantaged neighbourhoods. In the city of Bern, there is a clear need for innovative participation opportunities for people in socially disadvantaged neighbourhoods. Existing opportunities for participation are largely supply-oriented, focus on a specific target group (e.g. migrants) and often do not reach the neighbourhood population sufficiently: the multi-layered realities of life, diverse experiences and knowledge of the heterogeneous neighbourhood population are still not promoted enough due to conventional forms of address and participation practices oriented towards the majority society. Against this background, the project "Diverse Neighbourhood for All" initiates innovative possibilities for shaping participation processes in Bern West through the collaborative development of artistic and diversity-reflective interventions and impulses and contributes to promoting understanding and participation in the neighbourhood.

Bebilderung Projekt vielfältiges Quartier für alle
Das Projekt wird unterstützt von der Burgergemeinde Bern

Course of action

The project aims to create sustainable processes of understanding and participation through the collaborative development of diversity-reflective artistic interventions. To this end, a diversity-reflective "network for all" will be established that is close to the neighbourhood and develops diversity-sensitive participation formats that are close to everyday life and the real world. These formats are intended to promote understanding of coexistence and life relationships in Bern West and hardly heard, diverse biographical experiences and affiliations. Concerns, interests and resources in the diverse, post-migrant neighbourhood are included and flow cyclically into the development of further interventions. In this way, new spaces of opportunity for creative co-creation and forms of participatory knowledge production on living together in the diverse, post-migrant neighbourhood are to be opened up for everyone in the longer term.