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This urban planning concept is shaped by the natural conditions of the Dietenbach area. The scheme starts with a traditional network of closed urban blocks, which are adapted to unite the geometries of the local natural environment. The curving form of the Dietenbach and direct lines of Rieselfeld fuse together to form a cohesive and adaptable urban layout. This results in an efficient system of diverse spatial structures, which despite the compact scale of the site, create lively and varied neighborhoods with many green spaces.

A “Green Backbone” runs the length of the new district, spanning between Mooswald forest and the Dietenbachpark with an extensive network of for flood protection measures, sunbathing lawns, and play areas. The existing green axis along the Mudenhof path differentiates the districts Rieselfeld and Dietenbach, providing sports and recreation facilities alongside the nature experiences that both districts share.

The urban plan subdivides and organizes the district into more intimately scaled neighborhoods through the use of incremental densification. Each perimeter block development is uniquely adapted to fit the plan, with changes in height and dissolved geometries that respond to the immediate local conditions. Consequently, the robust nature of the planning concepts accommodate active urban environments that flow seamlessly into slower, more residential districts containing single-family houses.

The theme of diversity and liveliness also drives the concept for program distribution. Utilities and public functions, while concentrated centrally, are placed according to “short distance” principles, which give all residents equal access to the shared services. The resulting network of smaller urban spaces become important meeting and identity points for all of the linked residential communities.

Size: 840.000 m²

Location: Freiburg, Germany

Client: Stadt Freiburg im Breisgau

Collaborators: Urban Agency, BEMV, AG Freiraum

Type: Invited Competition

Status: Settled

Team: Henning Stüben, Heechan Park, Rosa Fuentes Fernandez, Borja Santurino, Jose Luis Villar Pastor 

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