Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The new district of Freiburg-Rieselfeld: a case study of successful, sustainable urban development

via Rieselfeld Projekt Group

Two new residential areas are currently under development in Freiburg: Rieselfeld and Quartier Vauban. They are a response to an enormous demand for housing in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
The new Rieselfeld district, situated in the western part of Freiburg and providing about 4200 residential units for approximately 10,000 to 11,000 inhabitants, is one of the largest new development projects in the state of Baden-W├╝rttemberg. The urban planning concept underlying it evolved on the basis of the first-prize winning contribution to an ideas competition in urban development and landscape planning. Its implementation was begun in 1994 and will be completed in a few years.
The development of the Rieselfeld district is taking place on an area of 70 hectares, situated in
 the eastern part of a former 320 hectare sewage farm which served the southwestern part of Freiburg for more than 100 years.* After extensive ground surveys were done and necessary steps such as soil removal were taken, the area fulfilled the conditions for residential construction.

Rieselfeld, Freiburg, Germany, by Payton Chung

Rieselfeld, Freiburg, Germany, by Payton Chung

Rieselfeld, Freiburg, Germany, by Payton Chung

more about urban planning in Germany:

A New Look at Germany's Postwar Reconstruction

The streets of central city of Aachen, Germany

A planned carfree neighborhood: Rieselfeld in Freiburg, Germany

New German community models car-free living

FIVE PLANNING PRINCIPLES FOR SUCCESSFUL URBAN DISTRICT DEVELOPMENT - RECENT EXAMPLES FROM GERMANY

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