SPACE OF DIALOGUE
An intensive life in a city and constant interaction between its citizens contributes to the fact that we are less likely want to know our neighbours as today we tend to see our homes as a safe place where we can escape from additional communications. This can be seeing as a dangerous tendency as then the reaction to changes that are happening in a neighbourhood (good or bad) is slower.
So, how can we define and create healthy relationships in a neighbourhood ?
The notion Genuine Dialogue is taken as a metaphor to define a way to establish healthy relationships between people in a neighbourhood.
Genuine Dialogue can be described as a process that holds differences together. Genuine Dialogue contains not only of a verbal communication. What is more important - it is a process where its participants are becoming aware of the “others”, that they are different, and as a consequence they consider the “others” as the persons they are. Genuine dialogue requires an interhuman “social” sphere in which person meets person.
To find a process , object or a space that can represent the idea of Genuine Dialogue (or in other words an interhuman (a social)) sphere was a focus of this project.
RESEARCH PART 1
Have you ever thought what place is visited the most in your neighbourhood? No? Then I have an answer for you! It is your local SUPERMARKET.
The research shows that we visit our local supermarket at least once in 2-3 days and what is even more important that it is filled by your neighbours.
RESEARCH PART 2
Second part was focused on how supermarket can benefit neighbourhood.
How this symbiosis can look like?..
To answer this question I dived into Oosterparkwijk neighbourhood in Groningen and made real connections and interviewed locals, government/non-profit organisations and, of course, a supermarket.
Bellow you can see illustrated conclusions of this process:
RESEARCH PART 3
Feedback from locals
The only question has left is how residents will react on such a project. Will they participate? Will they cook? or What do they think about the idea in general?..
These event promotion stands were placed in Jumbo supermarket (Linnaeusplein 55, Groningen). People were asked to leave their contact details to get the event invitations.
The event 'What's your neighbour cooking?'
took place at a social restaurant
Resto van Harte (Groningen).