Development concept for Mannheim city centre
Development concept for Mannheim city centre

In­ter­pret­ing and un­der­stand­ing the town center and de­vel­op­ing it in thematic spaces.

Development concept for Mannheim city centre

CLIENT
Stadt Mannheim, Fach­bere­ich Städtebau

COM­PLE­TION
phase 1: 2007
phase 2: 2009
phase 3: 2009
phase 4: 2009 - today

SIZE
city center: 4,46 sqkm

COL­LAB­O­RA­TION
Urban Catalyst Studio, Berlin
MESS GbR mobile ein­satztruppe stadt und stil, Kaiser­slautern

IL­LUS­TRA­TIONS
ASTOC / Mess / Urban Catalyst Studio

Development concept for Mannheim city centre
Development concept for Mannheim city centre

A chess­board pattern with 144 squares marks the basic shape of planning for the town of Mannheim which the Town Center De­vel­op­ment Concept (EKI) has been refining since 2007 with cultural offerings, retail shops, new neigh­bour­hoods and a fu­tur­is­tic vision. Housing and work are the two de­ter­min­ing poles in the town center. Using a broad public par­tic­i­pa­to­ry method, urban catalyst studio, MESS and ASTOC iden­ti­fied seven areas of tension and pin­point­ed them in the town center. Action plans derived from them are providing stimulus, making con­nec­tions and de­vel­op­ing space. Working closely with the municipal au­thor­i­ties, more than a hundred specific project proposals were drawn up, for example, which among other things offer ap­proach­es for finding solutions to traffic problems, close gaps in the network of pathways and use at­trac­tions to enhance the appeal of the so-called Planken as a pedes­tri­anised zone.

The process of drawing up the Town Center De­vel­op­ment Concept was one of the first in 2006 to come up with a de­vel­op­ment strategy for the town center with the aid of wide-ranging public par­tic­i­pa­tion, and to propose numerous serious projects in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the municipal au­thor­i­ties. In a multi-stage, public process, the planning team included the many players in the districts alongside stake­hold­ers. Informal round table dis­cus­sions in the initial phase were followed in the ideas and con­cep­tu­al phase by the Town Center De­vel­op­ment Concept lounge with five thematic ideas tables, town safaris and workshops. A steering committee as well as political bodies supported the creation of spatial maps with rec­om­men­da­tions for action, visions and projects. After an internal ad­min­is­tra­tive in­spec­tion by the town, today we see the goals set out in the Town Center De­vel­op­ment Concept being per­ma­nent­ly adopted with the ad­ver­tis­ing of open space com­pe­ti­tions or the con­struc­tion of the new night school academy. For ASTOC, the project offered a major insight into broad-based public processes which now fre­quent­ly form part of everyday planning life, always tailored to the par­tic­u­lar town in its specific situation. In the interplay between the public, stake­hold­ers and municipal au­thor­i­ties, the office acts as a trans­former enabling all parties to take part in the dis­cus­sion on the content of urban de­vel­op­ment processes.

Development concept for Mannheim city centre
Development concept for Mannheim city centre
Development concept for Mannheim city centre