Work, Technology and Participation

Experience traffic turnaround

description of the project

In the interdisciplinary project "Experiencing the traffic turnaround", the Department of Work Studies/Technology and Participation at the TU Berlin is working together with its partners WZB Science Center Berlin for Social Research and paper planes e.V., funded by the Mercator Foundation, to develop the "Manifesto of the free road" for the traffic turnaround in cities. It should be aimed at interested local authorities, initiatives and citizens as a practical implementation aid and guide to the traffic turnaround. The focus is on realistic images that are intended to show what city districts with fewer cars and plenty of space for people and non-motorized mobility can look like. The pictures are intended to create a desire for change. Those who find it difficult to imagine life with fewer cars are also involved.

To this end, the project involves citizens in the development of the "Manifesto of the free road". In the summer of 2021, around 60 randomly selected Berliners will be able to comment in detail on what the future of urban mobility should look like from their point of view as part of the participation format for citizen reports by planning cells. This participation was the focus of the department of work studies/technology and participation in the project and is documented in the citizens' report "Experiencing the turnaround in traffic - helping to shape urban space".

Project team

Prof. Dr. Hans-Liudger Dienel

Dr. Birgit Böhm

Tobias Biehle

Friederike Tautz

funded by

Third-party funder: Stiftung Mercator

Project duration: 10/01/20 - 09/30/22 (extended to 03/31/23)


Paper Planes e.V.

Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung

Work, Technology and Participation, Technische Universität Berlin


Project website:

Das Manifest der Freien Straße als Buch:
Erschienen im JOVIS Verlag (de/eng)

Das Bürger*innengutachten der TU Berlin als Download:
Bürgergutachten Verkehrswende erleben

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