Through Kolding town runs a 2km long stream. Formally used as a dumping ground, its banks are closed off by the backs of bordering buildings. In order to develop the potential of the stream, Kolding has established 15 public spaces, enabling the town’s citizens to gather. The public spaces have different shapes and functions, from nature sites to seating, yet citizens are still not attracted to the area.
Case # 1 of Sprout Talent Week identifies what actions are needed to entice the citizens of Kolding to the stream, all year round. Kolding town centre is home to many students, whilst the town’s outlying areas host primarily larger family houses. The stream, as a focal point for the town’s citizens, should therefore appeal to a broad audience. How can the stream’s function be renewed, to become a favourite place for all citizens? There’s a wish for a solution that both supports physical coherence and the diversity of the town.
- Physical coherence because the current public spaces along the stream seem isolated, leaving a fragmented overall picture. The challenge is therefore: how to create a natural and coherent connection between the public spaces?
- Diversity of the town because the solution should have a wide appeal, welcoming all of the town’s citizens to enjoy the public spaces. The challenge is therefore, how can the stream become a life nerve for all of Kolding’s citizens?
Key words: Recreational space, coherence, urban life, nature, branding, multi-users, sustainability