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Brainport Smart District Helmond

The Smartest Neighbourhood in the World

Brainport Smart District is a new innovative neighbourhood, located in Helmond. BSD will be a ‘living lab’: a mixed quarter organised around a central park and surrounded by business spaces and natural reserves. The smart district is planned based on the latest insights and techniques, resulting in a research and community-based environment. BSD aims to develop a new relationship between buildings and landscape, whereby both strengthen each other qualitatively. Felixx designed the landscape for BSD as a productive environment for food, energy, water, waste processing and biodiversity.  

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Key aspects of the Landscape Strategy

Over the next ten years the Brainport Smart District will develop 1,500 new homes and 12 hectares of business premises. The development will be characterised by the application of the latest technologies and knowledge in order to achieve a sustainable, circular and socially cohesive neighbourhood that enjoys joint energy generation, food production, water management, joint digital data management and revolutionary transport systems. All of these facets will contribute to the creation of a sustainable and unique living environment.

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Historical Layout for a Future Landscape

The current landscape has historically grown into a rich mosaic, of forests, moors, villages and wetland areas. They are functioning as individual worlds within a shared layout, but are missing the opportunity to be turned into collaborative environment and harness synergies. Therefore, Brainport Smart District is committed to generate a new hybrid landscape that merges urban, nature and agriculture grounds. Felixx developed 4 spatial frameworks to organize this landscape of the future.

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1. MOSAIC LANDSCAPE

The ‘Hybrid Landscape’ builds on the historical mosaic tiles of the existing landscape. BSD is planned as a residential neighbourhood, organized around a central park and surrounded by rural grounds. This layout is defined by the characteristics of the site, and the potential to contribute to regional networks.

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2. PRODUCTIVE LANDSCAPE

Both the urban development areas, central park and rural grounds are perceived as productive spaces, where a mix of living, working and leisure is facilitated. To merge all these functions, the landscape is parcelled into a variation of lots with different sizes and shapes, in line with the nature of each environment. Each plot combines a productive role in food and energy production, water management, waste processing and biodiversity generation.

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3. SOCIAL LANDSCAPE

The organization of the production landscape creates new partnerships and social networks within BSD. The plots are organized into a series of strips (from north to south) that demarcates the district into ten parts. Within each strip production and consumption streams are closed. Residents are encouraged to adopt communal resource schemes such as shared energy generation and land cultivation.

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4. CONNECTED LANDSCAPE

The ‘Hybrid Landscape’ performs as a connected realm. New linear landscape structures will frame the different plots, while connecting the outer rural grounds with the central park and the urban settlements. As a conditioning framework, these ‘landscape-lines’ contribute to the functioning of the plots they frame. They add to the fertility and water management of agricultural land, provide shade and water infiltration possibilities in built-up areas, or combine ecological values with recreational use in the park. They integrate an amazing slow traffic network for visitors and residents.

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Year

2018 - current

Location

Helmond, The Netherlands

Type

Research, Masterplan, Landscape, Public Space

Client

Brainport Smart District
Technical University Eindhoven
Tilburg University
Province of Noord-Brabant
Municipality of Helmond
Brainport Development

Size

150 ha

Publications

Volkskrant
Designboom
World Architecture
E-Architect
Architectenweb
De Architect
Blauwe Kamer
Metalocus
ArchDaily
India Art n Design
Bouw en Uitvoering
Stadszaken
urbanNext
Metabolic
Dezeen
Inhabitat
Archello
World Landscape Architect
Archilovers
New York Times

Team & partners

Michiel Van Driessche
Marnix Vink
Deborah Lambert
Maria E. Castrillo
Fangfei Liu
Ilva Mishtaku
UNStudio
Metabolic
Habidatum
UNSense

Renders ©Plomp

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  2. Eemsdelta Campus
  3. Yangmeikeng Sea Boulevard
  4. 'Typhoon-proof' Shenzhen's East Coast
  5. Brainport Smart District Helmond
  6. Towards a healthy city by foot
  7. Isle of Dikes
  8. The Unbound Amsterdam
  9. A green entrance for the airport
  10. Almazov National Medical Research Centre
  11. Quartierlandschaft Dietenbach
  12. Bao’An G107 Corridor
  13. Cartesius Quarter
  14. Public Space Alpen
  15. Smakkelaarsveld Utrecht
  16. Darmstadt Masterplan 2030+
  17. Jonas Amsterdam
  18. Healthy Tracks
  19. Waterfront Novosibirsk
  20. City Square Tyumen
  21. Urban Food Forest Rijnvliet Utrecht
  22. Strategic Urban Green Study
  23. Public Space Strategy Kanpur
  24. ImageWharf
  25. Ódinstorg Square
  26. Overloon War Museum
  27. Lokhalle Leverkusen
  28. Ludlstrasse Munich
  29. Yaanila Country Park
  30. Redevelopment Strategy Vogabyggð
  31. Villa Garden
  32. City life in the woods
  33. Schie Quarter Schiedam
  34. Socio-technical city of the future
  35. Buji River
  36. Vaskhnil Novosibirsk
  37. Precincts Canterbury Cathedral
  38. Maritime Campus Almere
  39. Resilient Riverscape Berat
  40. Sijthoff
  41. Strategic Plan Shkodra
  42. Ekaterinburg City Campus
  43. City Extension Plan Yangon
  44. Transformation Strategy Gufunes
  45. Transformation Strategy Chelyabinsk
  46. Fish Market Leuven
  47. Zinder Culture Cluster
  48. Food Innovation Strip Ede-Wageningen
  49. S4 Highway Hangzhou
  50. Strategic Plan Fier
  51. Strategic Plan Elbasan
  52. Kronenburg Business Park
  53. Dharavi Mumbai
  54. Masterplan Smáralind Mall
  55. Urban Test Farm Emmen
  56. Ásbrú Enterprise Park
  57. Asylum Seekers Center Ter Apel
  58. Berlin Am Volkspark
  59. The Museum of the 20th Century
  60. Gardabaer
  61. Metropolitan Westerpark Amsterdam
  62. Science and Technology City Chongqing
  63. Yue Xiu 353 Transformation
  64. Erlongshan Recreational Park
  65. Danxia Recreational Park
  66. Campus Lelystad
  67. University Campus San Pedro
  68. Proto Tamansari
  69. City Gardens Tyumen
  70. Park Somerlust Amsterdam
  71. Agricultural Innovation Campus
  72. Bandar Lampung Park
  73. R&D Campus Fengxian
  74. S-West Eindhoven
  75. Biodiversity based dairy farming
  76. Heidelberg Creative Quarter
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