A NEW URBANISM, PLUCKED FROM THE GARDEN - architecture and design

A NEW URBANISM, PLUCKED FROM THE GARDEN



BY NATE BERG
A view of the park’s two lakes, with the city in the distance. Photo courtesy Bundesgartenschau Heilbronn.
An urban-scale garden exhibition in Germany became an opportunity to re-envision a riverside industrial site.
 
For more than half a century, the historic center of the southwestern German city of Heilbronn looked out across the waters of the Neckar River onto 80 gray acres of railyards and warehouses. As its industrial activity shifted and concentrated, the need for such large swaths of land diminished and much of this logistics landscape lay fallow.
?For urban planners, this was like a gold mine,? says Oliver Toellner. He?s a landscape architect and urban planner, and for the past 10 years he?s been transforming this large industrial plot into a new park and urban district for 3,500 residents and 1,000 jobs. An aerial view of the site during construction. Photo courtesyBundesgartenschau Heilbronn.
That such a project is even possible is due to the city hosting the 2019 Bundesgartenschau, or Federal Garden Show, a biennial event launched in 1951 to showcase gardening techniques. Like a six-month-long plant-themed Olympics visited by more than one million spectators, the event is often used by host cities to instigate park and development projects. In Heilbronn, 25 miles north of Stuttgart, city leaders saw in the garden show (under way since April) an opportunity to reinvent the industrial eyesore just outside the city?s core, says Toellner, t...
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