Pforzheim Oststadt

Pforzheim, D

How can a monofunctional neighborhood be transformed into a lively mosaic?

Oststadt, Pforzheim

Oststadt in Pforzheim is marked by the planning approaches of the 1970s, with oversized roads and car use central in the urban space. This is in great contrast to today’s high density, and the many cultures that have found a home here have created new needs.

From a car-oriented city to an equal and network-based city.

A city in the 21st century is diverse, equal and invites participation from people, the economy and business.

To meet these demands, the streets must be transformed into safe connecting routes for different users. City blocks must be opened up to a variety of uses, while the public space should become multifunctional.

This requires interventions in the existing urban space. To achieve that, however, a few things are needed. Private and public interests must be prepared to facilitate a transformation of the eastern inner city. This transformation is not limited to streets or buildings but affects both equally.

The plan offers tools and makes suggestions for future developments in the areas of the economy, housing, open space, mobility and urban communities. The parties involved can see these as building blocks, which they can jointly select to use as a guideline for the next steps.  In this way, a framework plan for the Oststadt is gradually created in an open manner.

A lively neighborhood where needs coexist on an equal footing

High Street – Lively, Productive, Diverse

EnzPromenade – Nature reserve, recreation, promenade

Die neue emotional Mitte (the new emotional centre) – Multifunctional, Open, Connecting

Pforzheim Oststadt

Oststadt in Pforzheim is marked by the planning approaches of the 1970s, with oversized roads and car use central in the urban space. This is in great contrast to today’s high density, and the many cultures that have found a home here have created new needs. To meet these demands, the streets must be transformed into safe connecting routes for different users. City blocks must be opened up to a variety of uses, while the public space should become multifunctional.

This requires interventions in the existing urban space. To achieve that, however, a few things are needed. Private and public interests must be prepared to facilitate a transformation of the eastern inner city. This transformation is not limited to streets or buildings but affects both equally.

The plan offers guidelines and suggestions for future developments in the areas of the economy, housing, open space, mobility and urban communities. The parties involved can see these as building blocks, which they can jointly select to use as a guideline for the next steps. In this way, a framework plan for the Oststadt is gradually created in an open manner. Future developments include the High Street: the vibrant, productive, diverse and new emotional centre, which is also multifunctional, open, and connective. In addition, the Enz Promenade, as a nature reserve, has recreation, strolling and communal activity at its heart – consider, for example, fruit and vegetable growing. Each of these spaces is intended for and adapted to multi-use, and open to different needs the coexist equally.

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Project
Pforzheim Oststadt
Location
Pforzheim, D
Size
123 ha
Period
2019
Client
Stadt Pforzheim Planungsamt
Discipline
Urban Design
Program
Infrastructure
Status
Competition
More info
bd@dezwartehond.nl

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