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Darmstadt Masterplan 2030+

Strategic vision for the open space

Darmstadt is a city of 150.000 inhabitants, located in the south of Germany. To facilitate the required residential settlements, the city needs to grow. An integrated and participatory planning process is organized to define the current and future qualities and challenges of Darmstadt. Masterplan 2030+ is a collaborative project. Five themes are defined and explored within parallel processes: Wohnstadt, Quartierstadt, Arbeits- und Wissenschafts-stadt, Freie stadt and Mobile Stadt. Felixx was responsible for the Freie Stadt theme, in collaboration with bjp-planner from Dortmundt. The overall process, which addresses the integration of all themes, is run by Studio UC.

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The growth of inhabitants increases the pressure on the city’s public realm. We want to use this increased pressure to raise the quality and environmental performance of the existing realm and add new qualities to it.

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We organize the urban realm in three separate spatial structures, with specific strategies: the inner city realm, the surrounding landscape, and the infrastructural networks. All strategies combine improvement of environmental performance with raised experience value.

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Multifunctional inner city realm

Existing green spaces are intensified, making them suited for diverse functions and uses. We reprogrammed the open spaces, in order to facilitate temporary and changing functions, festivities and events. Small unprogrammed spaces are turned into pocket parks and neighborhood plaza’s, enhancing the service level for all inhabitants.

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Activated surrounding landscapes

The connection between the city and the surrounding landscape is improved. We used public functions, such as schools, as programmatic links: new outdoor functions are added to the school campuses, realizing hybrid spaces between landscape and program. The surrounding landscapes are made accessible for slow traffic, adding pedestrian and bike routes and the diverse landscape qualities are made experienceable by adding gentle recreational functions, serving the diverse user groups living in the city.

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Coherent networks

Existing streets are turned into recognizable linear realms by connecting them to adjacent buildings and by integrating small plazas and green spaces. The inner city alleys are greened and turned into diverse podiums for commercial and recreative use. Residential streets are turned into attractive living streets, designed as shared spaces for all types of mobility and outdoor activities.

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Year

2017 - 2018

Location

Darmstadt, Germany

Type

Masterplan, Public Space

Client

Municipality of Darmstadt
Urban Catalyst

Team & partners

Michiel Van Driessche
Deborah Lambert
Marnix Vink
Ulrike Jägert
Ilva Mishtaku
Steven Broekhof
Zofia Krzykawska
Pamela Acuña Kuchenbecker
BJP Planer

List
  1. Cartesius Quarter
  2. Dietenbach Freiburg
  3. Bao’An G107 Corridor
  4. Public Space Alpen
  5. Darmstadt Masterplan 2030+
  6. Jonas Amsterdam
  7. Waterfront Novosibirsk
  8. City Square Tyumen
  9. Dharavi Mumbai
  10. Bandar Lampung Park
  11. Urban Food Forest Rijnvliet Utrecht
  12. Strategic Urban Green Study
  13. Public Space Strategy Kanpur
  14. Ódinstorg Square
  15. Lokhalle Leverkusen
  16. Ludlstrasse Munich
  17. Yaanila Country Park
  18. Redevelopment Strategy Vogabyggð
  19. Villa Garden
  20. Schie Quarter Schiedam
  21. Socio-technical city of the future
  22. Buji River
  23. Vaskhnil Novosibirsk
  24. Precincts Canterbury Cathedral
  25. Maritime Campus Almere
  26. Resilient Riverscape Berat
  27. Strategic Plan Shkodra
  28. Ekaterinburg City Campus
  29. City Extension Plan Yangon
  30. Transformation Strategy Gufunes
  31. Transformation Strategy Chelyabinsk
  32. Fish Market Leuven
  33. Zinder Culture Cluster
  34. Food Innovation Strip Ede-Wageningen
  35. S4 Highway Hangzhou
  36. Strategic Plan Fier
  37. Strategic Plan Elbasan
  38. Kronenburg Business Park
  39. Masterplan Smáralind Mall
  40. Urban Test Farm Emmen
  41. Ásbrú Enterprise Park
  42. Asylum Seekers Center Ter Apel
  43. Berlin Am Volkspark
  44. The Museum of the 20th Century
  45. Gardabaer
  46. Metropolitan Westerpark Amsterdam
  47. Science and Technology City Chongqing
  48. Yue Xiu 353 Transformation
  49. Erlongshan Recreational Park
  50. Danxia Recreational Park
  51. University Campus San Pedro
  52. Proto Tamansari
  53. City Gardens Tyumen
  54. Park Somerlust Amsterdam
  55. Agricultural Innovation Campus
  56. R&D Campus Fengxian
  57. S-West Eindhoven
  58. Biodiversity based dairy farming
  59. Heidelberg Creative Quarter
  60. Imagewharf
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