WALDSTRASSE | E13 Winner
Europan 13 - Ingolstadt, Germany
5 Strategies and 25 Actions through an urban reform plan to balance the north and south poles of Ingolstadt. Disconnection between city centre and peripheral parks, absence of qualified public space and a lack of public agenda are the opportunity to transform Harderstrasse into a technified green space to strengthen quotidian identity.
HarderStrasse is transformed into equipment with a unique identity which communicates the centre of the old town with the glacis, so that it works as a walkway to the ring and the NEW-ZOB, which is relocated in the north access of the wall, as a big, technified green space in the main north south axis. The street becomes a lineal park and the pedestrian not only has a public way, but also a nucleus of activity, where he or she can enjoy a comfortable public space at street level. The new green axis is articulated in the north with the inherited esplanade from the OLD-ZOB, which can host a lot of different events controlled by the city council through a cultural agenda. The urban space mutates into a public scenography. When expanding this activity of the city to the north, new spaces of opportunity are opened (supported by the current public spaces), either residential or civic ones.
25 ACTIONS / RESTORE forest edge path along the ring. BUILD generous underpass. INSERT field activities with potential building equipments. CLEAR north access landscape. DESIGN view access point. DEFINE Bus Station and programs related to commuters. REDUCE to 70% the bus traffic redirecting some to Ingolstadt Nort. LANDSCAPE with tree nurseries for future planting in the city. REINFORCE the axis. RENAME it to DIe Strasse der Feste. REDESIGN actual car park space. HIGHLIGHT bus station access with pavement and landscape. RESERVE of space for events, Back of House. LIBERATE the square from fix uses. Now, everything is possible. SUPPORT shadow structure for square events. EXPAND the wall ring with a new arch. PRIORIZE pedestrians to car users. Continuous pavement. UPDATE Unterer-Graben patio. Art Laboratory. SET a path for urban bus, residents and local services vehicles. RESTRICT car access. FORESTING HarderStrasse. INCORPORATE existing open squares to public realm. OPEN interior patios to public domain. ACTIVATE patios with local agenda. TECHNIFY the public space with technical equipment. MANAGEMENT of the steet between public and private intersts.
FOREST STREET / Redesign of the main avenue Harderstrasse, introducing the green ring and its forest. Not only incorporating its logics, but also green space plus equipment. The new axis becomes a new urban happening. We understand that the success of the green ring is the combination of green space with diverse equipment. The new Harderstrasse has the ambition to be a park and a street at the same time.
PUBLIC INTERIORS / Pedestrians strategies as a synonym of quality in the public space. The cohabitation among the pedestrians with the shops and the different urban activities boosts the street as a contemporary place of coexistence. Cultural or public buildings, such as the Harder, will influence beyond their walls. With this strategy, we want to have a diverse public place where the urban comfort linked to the public spaces becomes a reality.
PATIOS FOR LOCALS / We want to make visible and incorporate to the existing urban space the extended network of block courtyards and hidden corners as proximity spaces for the locals, so that identity and reciprocity networks are strengthened against the possibility of losing quality in the public space due to tourism. In short, the social capital of Ingolstadt. A first economic boost by the administration and the involvement of the neighbourhood at the time of developing the programmes that would occupy the square to generate spaces for local use.
HUB / It is essential to provide the perimeter of the city with an urban and landscape high-quality network of parking lots and transport interchanges. We promote this network by incorporating new parking areas and combining them with the adjacent equipments and less aggressive ways of transport, such as the bicycle and pedestrian networks, to access the old town. This new agenda of programmes pays attention to the commuters’ time zones and their habits, combining a great variety of urban situations.
FROM MONOLARGE TO MULTIMIX / We apply two operations of tactical urbanism: We free the current ZOB’s space up by taking the bus station out of the city, creating thus a new urban HUB connected with Nordbahnhof. The Volksfestplatz area, which currently hosts significant events, is distributed over the current space, the public liberated space in the ZOB and Harderstrasse Street, so as to redefine and provide the public space with technological capacity to host these events and new ones to come.
Álvaro Carrillo Office + DRST (Adrià Escolano + Gonzalo Gutierrez)