StrategyReuse / Reuse – Conversion / Reuse – Subtraction
CategoryExhibition – Venice 2012 / Projects
ContributorIrene Burkhardt Landschaftsarchitektin
Urban Forests - Leipzig - Germany
In Leipzig, in the context of a Germany-wide, one-time-only trial test and development project, the vacant buildings and railway tracks in ten urban areas are to be removed in order to create urban forests.
The first was completed in 2010 by landscape architect Irene Burkhardt. The 3.8-acre site, a former market
garden, is located in the east of the city and is surrounded by residential neighborhoods.
The existing buildings were demolished.
The new urban forest takes on the market garden’s grid layout, incorporates existing trees and walkways, and now offers additional public green space for play and relaxation. The city may be shrinking, but the quality of its urban spaces is growing.