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Metropolitan Park: the self-regeneration of post-industrial city areas


Cross-border urban project

École Nationale Superieure d’Architecture de Strasbourg

Student project | Masterplan established with Ana Asensio Rodrigues and Santiago Canete Sanchez

Location: Forbach - Saarbrucken - Volkingen, Saar-Moselle Eurodistrict, France, Germany

The main purpose of the project was to deal with the problems related to the land use of post-industrial areas in a cross-border region of Lorraine with a vast development potential.
The mining basins intensively exploited for years remains today abandoned and destroyed. The area is characterized by flooding risk and soil contamination, which are believed to be reduced with a help of long-lasting treatment. It concerns introducing a landscape park that uses the existing infrastructure and currently decaying tissue.

Therefore, a detailed masterplan has been developed. With a usage of the existing railway tractions, it aims to connect crutial points of the area and thus bringing it back to life.
Post-The Metropolitan Park is to create a synergy of urban areas with the natural landscape. All post-industrial wastelands are to be activated by introducing new activities mainly related to environmental protection, while emphasizing the awareness of its users.

Due to our intervention, the Saar-Moselle region should become fully revitalized, active and self-sufficient.