Münzviertel is a central neighbourhood of Hamburg located between the central library, museums, the authority for foreign citizens and various facilities and services for the street homeless, which has been subject to an urban redevelopment plan since 2008. An interview of Günter Westphal, a resident, artist and activist in the neighbourhood was designed to investigate how and why this process was occurring. Westphal has been involved in the neighbourhood since 2002 as an artist and has made a considerable contribution to the planning process. He knows the relationships between ‘the active inhabitants in the neighbourhood’ and the public administration. In the article I investigate the strategies which underline the idea of combining art with social questions and the redesign of urban space. I asked Günter what chances the project had of success.
Keywords: Münzviertel; social art; public space.Art, city, creativity.