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DEZENTRALE – community laboratory for questions of the present and the future

The DEZENTRALE is a place for collaborative projects that address the pressing questions of the present and the future. Here, engaged citizens, amateurs and experts, nerds and craftsmen, students, designers, engineers, humanists and scientists have the possibility to jointly develop ideas and to put them into practice. Reducing the consumption of resources and emissions, social aspects and the focus on the urban space form the framework for diversified project approaches with practical relevance.

In July 2013, the DEZENTRALE began its operation in a rear house atelier in the “Unionsviertel” neighborhood in Dortmund. It offers up to four temporary work places and a community workshop for the collaborative project work in digital and technical production.

Employees of Fraunhofer UMSICHT (Oberhausen) support the agents in the DEZENTRALE with the development and the realization of their projects and offer advice regarding sustainability criteria and the economic exploitation of the project results if desired.