Proud to be selected for the international competition for the Shenzhen Buji River regeneration! Together with MLA+ and local urban planning firm GZUPI, we are going to work on a accessible and vital (waterfront) design for the 9,77km Buji River in Luohu District. The river needs to function as flood controller of the city and perform as a connected urban realm. Great challenge ahead!
The Creative Industries Fund awarded our project ‘Het Eiland van Dordrecht’ with a subsidy for profound research. This project explores the historical secondary dike structure in the region as a contemporary network, guiding the territorial development to an animated adaptive landscape. It has been set up as a collaboration between strategic parties active in three different fields; Felixx with the expertise in landscape architecture and design, Unesco-IHE with knowledge of water and academic research and the municipality of Dordrecht with concrete policy departments, such as water, urban design and ‘city archeology and cultural heritage’.
The team of CITYFÖRSTER Architecture + Urbanism and FELIXX Landscape Architects & Planners, supported by freiwurf LA and R+T Traffic Planning, is selected for the development of Dietenbach, a new urban district of Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. This new district – currently one of the biggest urban developments in Germany – is located at the edge of the city center, covering an area of 100ha, supposed to house up to 14.000 inhabitants in 5.500 new dwellings.
Out of 28 high-profile international teams, 4 teams are selected and commissioned to elaborate their plans. The other selected teams are Studio Wessendorf with Atelier Loidl Landschaftsarchitekten, K9 Architekten with Latz + Partners, Hosoya Schaefer Architects with Agence Ter.
Freiburg consists out of a collection well-defined districts with a distinct identity. Many of them are surrounded and separated from each other by linear landscape structures, such as the Dreisam River or major infrastructure routes. The proposal of CITYFÖRSTER + FELIXX aims to reverse this principle in Dietenbach. Instead of adding a new independent piece of a city surrounded by green spaces, the landscape structure is pulled right through the heart of the new district. This creates various small, diverse neighborhoods, organized by powerful green corridors. Together with a new tramline and excellent bike and pedestrian routs, the green lifelines connect Dietenbach to the surrounding quarters and the center of Freiburg.
The new urban district should not be understood as a residential settlement at the outskirts of the city, but as an interconnected urban district. Therefore the plan of CITYFÖRSTER + FELIXX builds on an ambitious integrating spatial system, to create a spectacular variety of urban conditions: high and low density areas, mixed use city blocks and landscape related housing areas, vivid mix of housing types and apartment sizes, a miniature river delta, a compacted agriculture corridor, a lush yet monumental boulevard, a collection of distinctive district squares, interconnected slow traffic networks and an integrated school campus providing shared sport- and play facilities. Condensed and superimposed, all these structures create a lively urban district. A diversity of relations between built and outdoor program generate an enormous variety of environments to live, work and recreate. Dietenbach gets very pronounced character, while deliberately integrating itself into the overall urban structure of Freiburg.
Realization competition: Urban design competitor for the new Dietenbach district
Location: Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
Size: 108 ha, 883.000 m² GFA, 5.500 residential units
Client: City of Freiburg im Breisgau
Status: won tender; in progress
Team: Cityförster architecture + urban design, felixx landscape architects & planners, R + T engineers Traffic planner, IMG+ visualizers
During the next years, 5 new university campuses will be built in Ivory Coast, to decentralize education and improve the accessibility of knowledge. Together with Cabinet ACA and TheWayWeBuild we are working on the new campus in San Pedro. Located within the mountains around the city, the 300 hectares big site is supposed to give room for 20.000 students, turning the existing landscape conditions into strong drivers for spatial quality of the campus. The project is part of ‘le programme de décentralisation des universités’ and commissioned by the federal government, Le Cabinet du Premier Ministre.
We are very excited to start this great adventure!
The Food Innovation Strip Ede-Wageningen is the Agri-food knowledge centre of the FoodValley Region, where innovation and knowledge exchange are paramount. Municipalities, companies and institutes work together towards improved, more sustainable and safer food production. Last year Felixx developed a book of guidelines to physically embed this concept. The manual has been approved November 8th by both municipalities Ede and Wageningen.
The Food Innovation Strip Ede-Wageningen covers a distance of 11 km and connects Wageningen University & Research with the Bussiness and Science Park Wageningen, the knowledge Campus Ede and the future World Food Center in Ede. Proposals for this identity carrier are the linear arboretum, the custom made tree pots shaped as Erlenmeyer flasks from the lab. The bicycle path along the strip has a recognizable colour and a high tech smart lighting system integrated into the wooden light poles.video on KennisAs
Park Somerlust in Amsterdam has been published in this issue of Landscape Record magazine! This issue features urban renewal an regeneration projects. It is only a few years ago that this riverside park was a messy and unaccesible industrial area, now it is the vibrant new city district, Amstelkwartier.
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