Masterplan Emscher Zukunft
Master plan Emscher Zukunft

Un­pol­lut­ed, in harmony with nature, sus­tain­able: The master plan for the river Emscher acts as a spur to the urban planning trans­for­ma­tion of the in­dus­tri­al region formed by the Ruhr district.

Masterplan Emscher Zukunft
Masterplan Emscher Zukunft
Masterplan Emscher Zukunft



85 km stream course, 4.000 hectares

RMP Land­schaft­sar­chitek­ten, Bonn
Land­schaft Planen und Bauen, Berlin
Post und Welters, Dortmund

Deutscher Land­schaft­sar­chitek­tur­preis 2013, prize winner
Deutscher Städte­baupreis 2012, prize winner
Best-Practice-Preis 2007 für Raum­pla­nung und Stad­ten­twick­lung, special mention

Em­schergenossen­schaft / ASTOC (2, 4, 5)
Jochen Tack (1)
Rupert Ober­häuser (3)

Masterplan Emscher Zukunft

The river Emscher flows through 13 towns in the Ruhr district, derelict in­dus­tri­al areas and pic­turesque cul­ti­vat­ed land­scapes until flowing into the Rhine after 83 km. Once a natural river, pits and house­holds have used the Emscher as a straight­ened gutter since in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion, and it is commonly referred to as the “Köt­tel­becke” (droppings tank). The master plan Emscher Future turns the heavily polluted waters into a me­an­der­ing river landscape with biotopes and at­trac­tive locations for living and working. Extended cycle and hiking trails make the coun­try­side ac­ces­si­ble to art, culture and leisure from the source near Holzwickede until its mouth near Dinslaken-Ep­ping­hoven.

The im­pres­sive con­struc­tion of a new 51 km un­der­ground sewer with several pumping stations marked the start of the award-winning re­na­tur­i­sa­tion and redesign of the Emscher area. More than 200 planning workshops supported a process which analysed the entire land corridor of the Emscher on a scale of 1:10,000 and at the same time in­cor­po­rat­ed the concerns of stake­hold­ers by way of dialogue. The master plan serves as a script for all players and, as an informal plan, it forms the foun­da­tion of planning law and flood pro­tec­tion measures im­ple­ment­ed by the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties involved. As a green backbone to the region, the river landscape today links key areas of the in­dus­tri­al culture, landmarks, cultural sites, event centres, regional recre­ation fa­cil­i­ties and sporting arenas which were always close together but not linked in terms of urban de­vel­op­ment.

Masterplan Emscher Zukunft
Masterplan Emscher Zukunft
Masterplan Emscher Zukunft