I have been in Berlin for the Internet Erfahren conference but it was great to fit in a breakfast time meeting with students from University of Eberswalde who are planning a Masters project around a street in their town.
This street is called Eisebahnstrasse, it is the main route through town but, it seems that it is loosing any lustre it may have had in DDR days. In fact it appears that it is becoming ‘run down’.
i was very impressed with the energy and commitment of this group of young people who have taken on the challenge set for them by local shop keepers, to raise the profile and image of this location to the point where it even attracts tourists! No pressure for a four month project!
We discussed various techniques for seeking current perceptions of this street but also ways of engaging local people in considering how it might change. The group were exploring the research methods they should use. We also soon started a discussion about the interventions they could plan to change the way the street is viewed.
I just wonder how this whole project will work out? Having met most of the group, I rather think something quite special may come out of this……….. let’s see what happens to the ‘railway road researchers’.
(Oh, I should have mentioned the dynamic lecturer who put the challenge to this group, Dr Broezel. She knows how to make people think! )
I could not resist pointing out how close Eberswalde is to Europe’s number one bike route – Radweg 1.http://spokeperson.wordpress.com/