Archive: September, 2013

Adopt a…

One of my most recent ‚ i like projects‘, is called „ADOPT a….“ Project. Since living in Denmark, I came across this concept twice: First time by reading the article „Organic Community Tourism: A cocreated Approach“ given to us by Dr. Janne J.Liburd our professor in Sustainable Tourism Development and secondly when we went to visit the Latin Quarter in Aarhus.

 

ADOPT a Station

First ScotRail offer their railway stations throughout Scotland for adoption to the local community. The aim is to revitalize the station with non-railway activities and enhance through cocreate services by locals the tourist experience. The stations can be utilized free of charge. Since its launch in 2005, approx. 156 station (out of 343) have been adopted. Instead of unused space, nowadays you can find in the stations: e.g. bookshop, community meeting rooms, art galleries, gardening activity and bunkhouses. Link to the website.

ADOPT a Box

Adopt-A-Box is a project run by voluntary people that aims to cultivate the city centre by bringing edible plants into an urban setting. The idea is that local businesses, cafés, residents etc adopt a box and give it a place to live on their doorstep, water the plants through the summer months and finally, reap the rewards at a community harvest in the autumn.Starting in the Latin Quarter of Aarhus in 2012, Adopt-A-Box hopes to both decorate and provide food (for thought) for the people that use the area. Link to the website with more picutres.

 

 Some of my ideas for further „ADOPT a …“ projects:

 

ADOPT a bicycle

Every city, village, town knows them: the abandonend bicycles noone wants anymore. You can find them everywhere. Especially on train, bus, metro stations or universities and student resident houses. ADOPT one of them, fix it, design it, decorate it and after a joint cycle tour through the city sell it at a final auction.

ADOPT a fruit tree

ADOPT a fruit tree and take care of the tree and the fruits. Fruits are harvested in a community event and processed further into juice, marmelade…

ADOPT a waste bin

Most waste bins are ugly and only used as waste bins. Can a waste bin be something more? Adopt one, design it and use it as an innovative city art gallery ore even to transport messages in an innovative way.

ADOPT a market booth

Mostly every city has a street called ‚market street‘, but can we feel nowadays with all the inside shops the real market experience? The ADOPT a ‚market booth‘ project brings the market back to our streets, where real market life happens and people search and bargain for the best products.

 

What you would like to ADOPT in your home country/city? Which ADOPT a … project could you think of?

 

Exploring Denmark / Lonstrup

Before moving from Germany to live in Kolding for half a year, I visited Denmark three times in the age of 3, 20 and 25. What I associated with Denmark so far?

– Summer houses with whirlpool and sauna

– Long beach walks, while wind and rain is blowing in your face

– Wind! Wind! Wind and Kite flying!

– Of course: Lego and Legoland

– Smooth hills with long grasses waving in the wind and the smell of salt in the air

 

After living here almost one month I can already add to my list:

– Great cycle routes all over the country (the signs should be a little bit bigger)

– Small wood shelters with a fireplace to camp for free!

– Another option: DK-camp, a merger of 310 individual campgrounds in Denmark

– Best free fruit picking (apples and apricots) I ever had

– Design-oriented people. Young designers, musicians & good shop concepts!

And of course the Danish people: warm, welcoming and unhurried. My roommate told me: “It is hard to get to know a single Danish person, because they always tend to do something in a group!” This is why a now joined the local volleyball team and the first Danish sentence I learned is: “Tak for camp” what means “Thanks for the game” In this spirit: Jeg savner dig og farvel! 🙂

 

Exploring Kolding / Denmark

Kolding, located in the region „Syddanmark“ is a Danish harbour city with around 57.000 inhabitants. The small and cosy town gives location to three universities: SDU (Southern Denmark University), Design Skolen Kolding (Design School Kolding) and IBA (International Business Academy). Design plays an important role in the city of Kolding: Design Museums, Design projects and festivals but also places like the „Nicolai neighbourhood“ and the future positioning as Design City Kolding contribute to a diverse social life. City planners and designers make a huge effort in shaping the future strategies for Kolding with the focus on sustainabilty, new forms of cooperation and innovation through design. Kolding offers space for creativity, small design stores and co-creation concepts. Be a designer of your own „Heimat“!

European Master in Tourism Management (EMTM)

The EMTM has been selected by the EU Commission to become an Erasmus Mundus Master. It is a two-year world-class integrated programme aimed at qualifying graduates to deal with the huge challenges in contemporary tourism. Out of more than 500 applications, we, that is 33 students from 25 different nations were accepted in order to study Tourism Management / Sustainable Tourism Development in the following three semesters at three different universities. 1st semester: Kolding/Denmark (University of Southern Denmark), 2nd semester: Ljubljana/Slovenia (University of Ljubljana), 3rd semester: Girona/Spain (Universitat de Girona). The 4th semester is devoted to our master thesis. The next two years will be: intercultural, challenging, interesting, educational, questioning….to sum up a unique experience with great people!

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