Sustainable Urban Development

Modern local planning and district development

Vauban District

Urban Developement with Eco-Awareness

The inner-city „Vauban“ district was built on the grounds of the former barracks belonging to the French armed forces and covers an area of some 40 hectares. An attractive, family-friendly district, now home to some 5,500 inhabitants, in which civic involvement goes hand in hand with collective building and environmentally-conscious living. Low-energy building is mandatory in this district and around 170 units have been built as ‚passive‘ houses and a further 70 as energy-plus homes. Heating from a local heating network powered by renewable energy sources and the use of solar technology is largely standard for most homes.

The former stock of trees has been largely preserved. Green spaces between the rows of houses guarantee good climatic conditions and provide play areas for children. An infrastructure incorporating schools, nursery schools, youth facilities, civic meeting places, a market place as well as leisure and play areas, was built in parallel with the private development. Vegetation-covered ‚green‘ roofs store rain water, which is collected and re-used in the district.

The residential area is largely traffi c-calmed, with whole streets free of parking spaces, many households not even owning a car, and private vehicles being parked in one of the two car parks in the district. The district has been connected to the city‘s tram system since 2006, enabling many people to do without a car, preferring to use local transport or ride their bikes.


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Eco-housing in the state‘s largest district project

The largest district project in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg covers an area of some 70 hectares, and now provides 3,700 homes for 10,500 people – built by more than 120 private builders and investors. Its positive image, comprehensive and needs-based public infrastructure and intact neighbourhood life, make Rieselfeld an attractive location for owners and tenants. The emphasis is on civic engagement and active cooperation in the district. The district borders a 250-hectare nature reserve that the people of Rieselfeld use as a local recreational area

All houses have been built as low-energy buildings. Photovoltaics and solar thermal systems harness the energy from the sun in many homes. Further renewable energy use and district heating from combined heat and power plants, a systematic water supply plan and consideration of climatic aspects, attest to the fundamentally forward-looking approach of this very new district. The urban development plan also attaches great importance to green spaces, play areas and open spaces, as well as cycle paths and pedestrianized streets.


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