Stimmen auf Knopfdruck: Bürger*innenbeteiligung per Sprachnachrichten (2020-2021)

The model project House of Statistics: After more than ten years of vacancy, the area on Karl-Marx-Allee is being developed for the common good – jointly by civil society and the public sector. The new town hall for the Mitte district of Berlin, a town hall of the future, is to be built here over the next ten years.

Voices at the push of a button get citizens to be heard. Literally. From January 18 until March 12th, 2021 citizens could join the conversation about the new town hall for the district Mitte of Berlin via the website via voice messages.

Citizens should contribute ideas to the design – from questions of architecture, or interaction with the administration, to the design of the town hall as a public place with a symbolic character. The process formed the basis for the subsequent architectural competition in the further planning process. Addressed were the neighborhood, the future users of the town hall, technical experts, founders of the initiative and the pioneers in the model project House of Statistics as well as the entire urban society.

In addition to the PR activation by the consumers, accompanying articles in the local press and social media, direct mail to residents and a video display on site ensured the necessary attention. The voice messages sent in were then evaluated using social science methodology and they were visually processed. The results were can also be listened to in a series of short podcast episodes. True to the motto: votes at the push of a button.

Voices at the push of a button is a joint project of the HUMBOLDT-VIADRINA Governance Platform gGmbH (Area Urban Development), ZUsammenKUNFT Berlin eG und the media agency FREIHEIT Gruppe GmbH on behalf of the Bezirksamtes Mitte von Berlin and the Berlin Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung und Wohnen.

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