What influence did it have on your project that you were on site?
Your view changes when you talk to local people and – at least for a short time – immerse yourself in the reality of their lives. I found it motivating to learn about their wishes, everyday life and needs. I don’t know how my master’s thesis would have developed if I hadn’t been there. Different, I’m sure.
How can I imagine your everyday life in the RURSAMUS community?
To be honest, I was intensely busy with my master’s thesis. The municipality provided me with a nice apartment in the center of town, where my RURASMUS predecessor had also lived. There I worked diligently. And of course I also went out from time to time, for example to explore the beautiful countryside while running or to take part in events at KuBa – Culture in the train station.
What funny, curious or beautiful experiences will you remember?
Shortly after I arrived, my apartment lock jammed, so I couldn’t get out. Wow, that was unpleasant. It was Saturday and I had to call the mayor personally to get someone to free me. And then the same thing happened to me a second time with the new lock. Fortunately, the people of Kirchanschöringen were very helpful and patient with me.
Period: October 2022 to January 2023
Rurasmus Community: Kirchanschöring, Bavaria, Germany
Topic: New life in the center – strategies and impulses for the revitalization of vacant spaces in the center of Kirchanschöring (Master thesis)
University: Technical University of Munich
Prof. Mark Michaeli / Technical University of Munich