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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

Awards

Rethinking The Future Awards 2020 - Urban Design [winner]

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