Liberate the streets

An interdisciplinary project by paper planes e.V., Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin & TU Berlin

What is it about?

On many roads in Germany, the so-called “traffic turnaround” is far from having arrived. How could it, when cities and people often already lack the basis for change: the power of imagination! 

How do we design cities in better harmony with people and nature? How do we bring more justice into urban planning? How do we make streets part of a productive public space again? 

Next steps?

With a “Manifesto of the Free Street,” the partner alliance aims to inspire and completely rethink urban space in Germany beyond the car. To coincide with the publication of the manifesto, a high-visibility publicity campaign is planned for spring 2022 that will stimulate people’s imaginations and open up unprecedented perspectives for future life in cities. 

Who is involved?

  • To develop the Free Street Manifesto, the non-profit think tank paper planes e.V. is cooperating with the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB) and the Department of Work Science/Technology and Participation at the Technische Universität Berlin. The project is funded by Stiftung Mercator.
  • As part of a citizens’ report in August 2021, citizens gave their opinions on the first outlined ideas and images of the future of the alliance and discussed them critically.
  • In October 2021, experts from science, associations and administration met at CityLAB Berlin to reflect on the status of the project in several workshops.