The Hunziker site in Zurich-Leutschenbach, with more than 41,000 square meters of space, provides answers to changing housing needs and social change. With apartments for old and new types of living, rentable living and working rooms, a wide range of communal spaces and leisure infrastructure, the area creates long-term residential prospects with development potential. Not only environmental sustainability, but also social sustainability should be promoted. Community-strengthening urban planning and an organization that favors participation and coexistence are in demand. An important pillar is also the offer of affordable housing, which offers space for a variety of needs. At the Open House on 26 August 2020, Peter Schmid, co-initiator and president of the housing cooperative mehr als wohnen, shared valuable experiences with us and presented further concept ideas.
Social Lab: Kick-Off
Zoom, April 1, 2020
The official kick-off of the Social Lab took place on April 1, 2020 with a “Virtual Dinner” in a small circle. Expectations, wishes and visions of the Lab were discussed together. It was agreed that development spaces should be created which encourage new perspectives and produce projects by people for people. The focus is on living together, community and places to meet. The first activities are in the starting blocks.
Rotkreuz, October 2, 2019
Thinking in ecosystems is fundamentally changing the economic landscape and does not stop at social aspects. Relationships, partnerships and collaborations put people and soft factors at the center. The awareness that individuals and organizations do not exist in isolation, but are embedded in a pattern of connections, which in turn forms part of a larger pattern, creates a new view of the world and people. How do we deal with this? At BE!conference 2019, 120+ invited guests from the construction, building and IT sectors discussed this very question. The bottom line? People should increasingly come together in communities and start a dialogue about how we want to live in the future and what the world of tomorrow should look like – completely in the spirit of the Social Lab!
Open House: New working worlds in the context of people, processes & space.
Rotkreuz, 14 March 2019
The digital transformation and social development are changing the way knowledge workers solve tasks, share knowledge and shape the future. The office is being transformed from a pure place of work into a space that creates identity, promotes exchange and facilitates innovation. In an exciting keynote speech, Danny Schweingruber, Head of Office Academy at Witzig The Office Company, explained how people and their development can be promoted with new room environments.
INSIGHT: Future Cities.
Ebikon, 25 October 2018
What if we could completely rethink cities to improve the quality of life? The team around The PORT Technology at Schindler investigated this question. In a multimedia show experience, Schindler presented visionary concepts such as Spiral Town, Upway and V-Illage to the members of the Innovation Park Central Switzerland. Central design considerations were form, nature and mobility aspects. One of the inspirations was Torre David, the living space of a self-organized community in Venezuela. Out of necessity, the community repurposed a half-built high-rise for their purposes.