Co-designing a concept for the repurposing of old barracks in the Berlin area

Resident input is a key aspect of brownfield development. Many former industrial sites and logistic hubs sit unused inside neighborhoods and offer great opportunities for neighborhood improvement with socially conscious projects.

The landscape architecture company gruppe F used Maptionnaire in their project for developing a concept for the reuse of a former barracks area in Blankefelde-Mahlow in the greater Berlin area.

They designed a participation process with a variety of face-to-face public participation methods such as sidewalk discussions. They also decided to include Maptionnaire into their public participation toolbox because they wanted to make sure they would also reach out to resident groups that are difficult to reach with face-to-face methods. These included young people, parents of small children, people with reduced mobility, and groups that tend to stay silent.

In addition, they also used Maptionnaire to support their face-to-face engagement work by adding people’s ideas directly into the online survey while talking to them. This made the evaluation of the interview responses much easier as they didn’t first need to digitize people’s input from paper questionnaires for being able to process them together with the other data.

Gruppe F also experienced that the possibility to add answers directly on a map decreased the amount of unrelated or even insulting contributions within the dataset. There was no need to do intensive moderation which can sometimes happen with online participation tools.

Maptionnaire is a great tool. It doesn’t replace the need to do face-to-face participation but can complement it meaningfully. We are looking forward for our next project with Maptionnaire!
— -Bettina Walther, gruppe F