Brownfield development of Merwede in Utrecht, aiming sustainability

Merwede is a neighbourhood in Utrecht, one of the fastest growing cities in the Netherlands. An old industrial area, it is now undergoing a transformation process based on urban planning criteria that puts clean and shared mobility ahead of the existing prioritisation of road traffic.The demolition works have begun in 2020 and the final project includes sustainable housing for around 12,000 people (the first residents are expected to move in by 2024). The new neighbourhood of Merwede will enable residents to access all the services on foot or using bicycles.

Szabihíd

Szabihíd is a non-profit cultural event, an occasion for the pedestrian use of the Liberty Bridge. Its aim is to bring people closer to urban spaces, to their city and to the river that runs through it, and uncover the opportunities lying in our public spaces.

M4H harbour area transformation in Rotterdam

The municipality of Rotterdam and the Rotterdam Port Authority want to develop M4H (Merwe-Vierhavens, a 100 years old harbour area in the City of Rotterdam, a brownfield area with heavily polluted soil) into an innovative living-work environment, optimally equipped for innovative manufacturing industry and with a mix of working, residential, culture, catering, sports and education. An energetic district with an impact on both the city and the port.

In 2017, the municipality and the Port Authority formulated five objectives for M4H:

Seoul robot park patrol

Self-driving car robots will patrol the city to detect dangerous situations while IoT-powered collecting bins will be wheeled out to help improve the recycling rate of domestic waste. Seoul has announced, that self-driving car robots will patrol the city to detect dangerous situations or to spray disinfectant.

3D visualisation tool aids brownfield redevelopment in Norrköping

Norrköping, while had to face major challenges when the inner harbor was being transformed into an integrated part of the city with new homes, canals, baths and parks, developed a visualization tool giving professional and public stakeholders the possibility to see and interact with contaminations in a whole new way. The land to be renewed is among the most polluted in the country and the rehabilitation measures are estimated to cost up to SEK 450 million.

Kabelwerk – A modern housing project on a former industrial area

For 100 years the “Kabelwerk” (former called the ‘Kabel- und Drahtwerke AG’) was one of the districts leading companies and its largest employer. The company’s closure in December 1997 gave rise to a large-scale planning and citizens’ participation process initiated by the city of Vienna and the district Meidling. Already on the 30 May 1996 local residents were invited to participate in a workshop and invited to collaborate.