*** OECHER LAB Video ***

The Chair and Institute of Urban Design at RWTH Aachen University are represented by the STADTWERKSTATT in the OECHERLAB. The STADTWERKSTATT sees itself as a meeting space between stakeholders from the universities, the city and civil society. Here we discuss ideas, projects and concepts for shaping the future of the city and region. As a development and creative space, the STADTWERKSTATT is a contact point for the interested city public, exhibition and event venue, discussion forum and marketplace of ideas.

Technical innovations, digitalisation and globalisation are changing the way we live and work. Urban planning has the task of designing the best possible environment for all of us. Together we want to shape our future here - not only for Aachen, but for the entire region!

OPENING on the 25th of March 2021 at 6 p.m. (digital)


OecherLab - Aachen's smart co-creation centre

Digitisation affects us all. Its disruptive character not only has a serious impact on the economy, but also on society as a whole. We are faced with new decisions about where and how we will shop, get around, work, learn and maintain health. For the development of complex solutions to societal challenges, the city of Aachen is more dependent than ever on the involvement of citizens. It is the needs of the population that determine the feasibility of innovative solutions for a future smart city.

Against this backdrop, the Department of Economics, Science, Digitalisation and Europe of the City of Aachen is building the OecherLab together with its project partners - the Chair of Information Management in Mechanical Engineering (IMA) of RWTH Aachen University, Dialego AG and cowork AG - in order to give innovative ideas the appropriate creative space.

Come in, ask questions and, above all, join in!

Aachen's first co-creation centre serves as an open and co-creative real laboratory for partnership-based cooperation between citizens, city administration, politics, science and business. Low-threshold offers invite you to get to know and try out concepts and prototypes. The exhibits cover the topics of smart retail and liveable city centres, work 4.0, intelligent mobility and the digital health industry. On the one hand, there are ethical questions that the project partners would like to discuss with civil society, and on the other hand, there is the general question of whether or not an innovative concept will be accepted by the people of Oechs. A smart city means inclusion and participation. The OecherLab wants to develop what else it can mean for Aachen together with the urban community. The project focuses on new concepts of participation, such as an intelligent game table that illuminates the city centre in a scenario in order to collect concrete opinions, ideas and wishes from the citizens. Every interested person in Aachen will have the opportunity to use the space, for example to try out co-working on site or to take part in various dialogue formats and citizens' projects.

Aachen's mayor, Ms Keupen, as well as the Science Office and the Citizens' Forum are also planning office hours on site to talk to citizens. Other guests are cordially invited, for example the STADTWERKSTATT of the Institute for Urban Development of RWTH Aachen University with its focus on sustainable neighbourhoods will complement the OecherLab.

Project background

The OecherLab is a project within the framework of the "Digital Model Communities NRW", initially planned to run until August 2022. The consortium partners of the OecherLab are the Department of Economics, Science, Digitalisation and Europe of the City of Aachen, the Chair of Information Management in Mechanical Engineering (IMA) of RWTH Aachen University, Dialego AG and cowork AG.

The Chair of Information Management in Mechanical Engineering (IMA) runs various participation formats such as IdeaCamps, robotics workshops or student labs and also allows mobile robotics or virtual reality city planning to be experienced. The OecherPanel, a digital participation tool to which a total of 20,000 Aachen residents are invited, is being developed by Dialego AG. cowork AG provides the OecherForum with digital equipment to make interactive and smart working in the sense of Work 4.0 a tangible experience, focuses on co-creative methods and runs the regular OecherLab event format "Kopfkino". With the management of the project, all threads come together at the city of Aachen. Among other things, it is the contact for all actors involved in the project, the organiser of exhibitions and events, the provider of space and, above all, the companion and preparer for Aachen's SmartCity strategy.

The opening

The opening event will be streamed live from the OecherLab in the Kapuzinerkarree together with Lord Mayor Mrs Keupen, the Rector of RWTH Aachen University Professor Rüdiger and the Rector of FH Aachen University Professor Baumann. We would like to cordially invite all Oechers to this event on the evening of 25 March from 6 pm. The partners and other, mostly humanoid guests will explain their co-creative concept. They are looking forward to many interested Aacheners joining them digitally and catching their first glimpse of the OecherLab, listening to exciting contributions and getting involved. More information will be available soon on the website, where registration will also take place.

The team hopes to be able to welcome you in person to the Kapuzinerkarree as soon as the pandemic situation allows. is the contact person for the OecherLab.


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