Until then, the space is empty. For that reason, and to start giving identity to this new part of the city, Utrecht is using a creative temporary strategy for the square. In two open calls, they are reaching out to local, national and international makers to help discover what Berlijnplein could be. Under the name RAUM, a pop-up physical place is created where new and creative ‘stories’ are made through art, design and technology. As a maker, this is your opportunity to give meaning to Utrecht’s new urban center. There’s lots of space and endless potential — they are looking for true pioneers. The first open call is looking for makers-in-residence, who will actually live and work on the Berlijnplein, inside the RAUM space. The second open call is focusing on creative projects that could take place on the square, making use of the 40,000 m2.
So, anyone who will visit the square this summer will meet artists, see large installations and find events. Or create something themselves. Starting in May, a ‘creators collective’ of Dutch and international creatives will give shape to the creative programming of the area. The theme is ‘IN MOTION’, referring to the quickly changing urban environment of which the square is part of.