The area around the Neckar between Altbach and Wernau is a mix of industrial sites, some green areas and infrastructure mainly in the valley, villages mainly on the hills and agriculture above the villages. The accessibility and use of the river is under pressure by the domination of the industrial sites and infrastructure in the valley.
The project starts with looking beyond the riverside, what is structuring the area? Two layers define the area. One is the landscape and agriculture, the other the industry, infrastructure and housing. Now the two are divided. In the project we introduced a new intermediary layer, with specific functions that connect the two layers. The functions are specific for the site they are used in.
Three areas are worked out; Deizisau im Wald, the expansion of the village in a forest structure, Labpark Altbach, a new sustainable business area and Quapark-Insel, a common cultural area at the riverside for the villages surrounding the river. The routes between the different villages pass this space.
Morpho-Logic is a co-operation between Wolbert van Dijk, Stefan La Grand and David Dooghe.
2oo5, Stuttgart, Germany
Huub Juurlinck, instructor at the workshop of this competition, wrote about the competition: “A symbiosis between urban and rural areas, between mankind and nature can end the defensive and infinitive battle between city and landscape.
The perception to establish the rules, under which landscape can be urbanized, can result in a much more offensive approach from nature. The statement ‚think global but act local‘ is here in its place.
Of course, the programmatic condition and location of each area is different. But the approach could be the same: how can a symbiosis between industrialization, urbanization and nature be established, in other words between the economical and environmental needs of mankind in this area. To establish new ideas which are based on the local environmental and economical situation for that could be the real task in this area.”