The State Horticultural Show Landau 2015 represents a model conversion project encompassing more than 27 hectares of land and a budget of 13 million Euros ... It will provide a framework for the future development of a new residential quarter as well as a sport and recreation campus on the grounds of the former military facilities there.
Side by side to the historic center of Potsdam, lies the green island “Freundschaftsinsel” (Island of Friendship). The island is defined by the junction of two arms of the river Havel. Nowadays, the island is one of the most popular parks in the historic parkland of Potsdam ...
Initiated by the city and selected through an international competition in 2008, POLA suggested with the Georgswall a new approach towards historic city preservation and garden heritage. Identification instead of reconstruction was the overarching theme. After 5 decades of ignoring the capacity of the small city park besides the Mayor Muller Plaza, a landfill of the former city harbor, both places now attracts people again ...
Zollhallen Plaza is new counterpart for the historic customs hall which was restored in 2009. The plaza is a fine example of water sensitive urban design, as it is disconnected from the sewer system. Beautiful planters provide infiltration points, and subsurface gravel trenches with innovative in-built filter medium reduce the hydraulic overload on the sewer system. Indented plaza areas create a surface flood zone. No rain water is fed to the sewer system, instead the groundwater table is recharged.
Measuring two hectares, the Flaschenhals accomplishes the Park am Gleisdreieck as third part of the design. It extends from Kreuzberg and Schöneberg till the boarders of Tempelhof.
The biggest garden exhibition event in the German south-western state of Baden-Wuerttemberg is the Landesgartenschau (state garden exhibition). Every other year a city, selected in a defiant competition, has the chance to improve it’s infrastructure and green/blue system through this exhibition. For the event in 2014 the ancient city of Schwaebisch-Gmuend was selected ...
In the course of land recultivation of a mining area as part of a cement plant near the village of Dormettingen, not only agricultural land is being restored but a new park is being created, adding sustainable value for people and nature. Instead of clearing away the remnants of the extraction of resources left here, the site is given back to residents and visitors as a nature theme park and event setting.
The planning of the open spaces is based on the urban planning compositional principle: public promenades and a semi-public square with a base, supporting the buildings above. As a result, the square has become an integral part of the overall composition and part of the building base. The colour scheme and texture of the materials plays a significant role ...
Behind the Riem arcade shopping mall the Plaza of the Human Rights, which is twice the size of the Marienplatz, the well-known centre of old Munich, works as a counterpart to the Willy-Brandt-Platz and the commercial zone. The aim was to create an intimate enclave for the public, a “city stage for all residents “.
The framework of the regional garden show Papenburg 2014 enabled the redevelopment and redesign of the city park as well as its functional adaptation to current requirements. The new park design supports its transformation: having been a nearly transparent transit space, the new park now serves as a central element of Papenburg’s city due to a modern activation of the area by adding new contents ...
The Märkisches Viertel is an aged urbanistic vision of the 1960´s. Through the decades the neighborhood experienced a lot of changes and adoptions that were uncoordinated and without any planning purpose. The idea of a networked and cohesive space continuum is not readable anymore, particularly because of the different kind of built-in components and surface materials ...
The 'University Quarter Essen' is developed on a former railway site in the inner city of Essen, that had been wasteland for almost 30 years. By revitalizing this about 13 hectare large plot, the 'University Quarter – Essen's Green Centre' is developed as an urban quarter for residential and commercial use - advertised with the slogan 'Living in the middle of the city centre'.
On the site of the concentration camp Esterwegen, built in 1933, a memorial was set up in memory of all fifteen camps in the Ems region and their victims. None of the above-ground construction elements were still standing. For this reason, “tree parcels”, with the dimensions of the former barracks were cut out of the red oaks planted in the fifties ...
The redesign of the Altmarkt, Dresden’s oldest square, was subject to a multifaceted and complex requirement profile: the integration of a tram stop and an underground parking facility with 468 parking spaces into the area of the square, as well as the restructuring of the adjacent pedestrian areas. An urban, representative and multifunctional town plaza has emerged – an inner city “stage” with a high quality of stay.
In 2004 a competition was launched by the nonprofit housing company GAG to achieve concepts for an urban area in the eastern part of Cologne. The winning entry to the competition by ASTOC architects and planners in team with urbane gestalt combines contemporary urban conditions with the 1950s spatial inventory.
From a parking area to a space for inner-city life – for many years, the Schlossvorplatz was not a part of public life, but the Schlossvorplatz of today is an important component in the city’s urban structure. The circular structures’ two inner courtyards provide citizens with an expansive and appealing green area.
Here, in the atrium of the Academy, plants thrive in an unusual environment – with no direct contact to the earth, little natural light, and artificial irrigation ... Most of these plants have a special connection to Jewish life. Some, for example, bear the names of Jewish people, others play a role in the Jewish holidays. And some of the plants’ folkloric names refer to anti-Jewish sentiments.
The Schöningen Spears are the oldest preserved hunting weapons in the world, discovered in Schöningen, near Hannover, Germany. The design for the Research and Experience Centre draws from the unique prehistoric and archaeological significance of the site ...

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