Sustainable Urban Development
Modern local planning and district development
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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