Germany annually organises a “Girls and Boys Day” on the fourth Thursday in April. They day is meant to provide young girls and boys with some perspectives on new career paths and let them know about professional fields that are outside of traditional disciplines.
In the frame of this year’s Girls and Boys Day on 26 April, our partner HafenCity University of Hamburg was invited to present the work of the academic staff. The team from the City Planning Department used the opportunity to meet kids from Hamburg and talk about their mobility challenges, turning the day in a Children’s Mobility Lab event.
5 rounds of 45 minutes were organised, each hosting a different age group (7-8 children per group). To stimulate creativity, children were asked to draw as many modes of transportation as they could imagine (on the line of ”Crazy 8” co-creation method). Several ideas were collected: some are feasible – widening bike lanes, improving the traffic signage, increasing bus frequency; some others… well, less so – why not give angry drivers an ice cream to cool them down?
Even if relatively few new realistic ideas were generated, we found the process of thinking out of the box, without constrains of feasibility, and adopting the perspective of children very refreshing.
This is also why we like the Metamorphosis project so much. Do you already know it? If not, find out more!