A Space to Promote Sustainability: The Gläserne Werkstatt in Solingen Opens its Doors

After a two-year long period of collaboration, the Gläserne Werkstatt in Solingen opened its doors to the public in October 2022. As a place for quality and sustainability in the Bergisches Städtedreieck, the Gläserne Werkstatt stands for regionality, innovative thinking of new products and processes, and for networking that opens up new paths.

The Gläserne Werkstatt will be a space where businesses and craftspeople can launch, present, or test their innovative sustainable products and services. The vision is to offer a platform where the combination of craftsmanship and high-tech can not only be seen, but also experienced. In addition, the Gläserne Werkstatt will be a place where organisations working toward more sustainability can hold workshops, presentations or events as well as for citizens to come together, interact, and engage.

The space offers 13 mobile cubes, which companies and manufacturers but also community initiatives can rent to promote their sustainable products, services, and activities.

The process leading up to the Gläserne Werkstatt was carried out within the framework of a project with the same name, a collaborative effort of the city of Solingen, the CSCP, and the project partners.

During the course of the project, the CSCP worked on stakeholder engagement to ensure that the Gläserne Werkstatt is an inclusive place. In addition, the CSCP supported the project in selecting suitable criteria for companies and associations that wish to present their products and services at the Gläserne Werkstatt.

The Gläserne Werkstatt is a joint initiative of the city of Solingen, the Wirtschaftsförderung (Economic Development Agency), the Handelsverband Nordrhein-Westfalen e.V. (Trade Association NRW), the Forum für Soziale Innovationen (Forum for Social Innovation) and the CSCP.

The project „Urbane Produktion im Bergischen Städtedreieck – Wettbewerbsfähigkeit, Innovation, Quartiersentwicklung /Die Gläserne Werkstatt in Solingen – Produzieren, Partizipieren und Profitieren im Bergischen Städtedreieck” (“Urban Production in the Bergisches Städtedreieck – Competitiveness, Innovation and City Quarter Development”/Gläserne Werkstatt in Solingen – Producing, Participating, Profiting”) is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW).

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