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PEREZ, JESSICA

IBASCO, JULIAN CRISTOPHER


MADRILEJO, LARISSA
One of the challenges standing in the way of creating ecological
spaces is represented by the many factories and industrial
landscapes made obsolete in the decline of heavy industry.

The development of the port


started in 1899; on 15
September 1902, the port was
opened.

Former industrial port that


had been utilized until the
beginning of the 21st century
for the storage and
transportation of petroleum,
sand, scrap metal, and gravel.
Offenbach Harbor, located on the Main River in Frankfurt,
Germany
The former site of the industrial harbor is to be developed on
a total area of 256,000 square meters into a new city district
with residential, office, university, school and retail areas.

Initiated a 800-million project


that would change the face of the
port and give it a new identity.
Mainviertel Offenbach GmbH & Co. KG
- property owner
OPG Offenbacher Projektentwicklungsgesellschaft mbH
- process supervisor, which develops and markets the port.

Both companies are part of the Real Estate business segment of the Offenbach
Stadtwerke Group

ABG Frankfurt Holding - property owner (housing projects)

Expected Year of Completion: 2020

The goal of the OPG is to create a further appealing quarter in the harbor area with
attractive open space design. A public square is intended as an attractive urban living
space to form a coherent transition to the dune park behind it and to provide varied
views in the direction of the main and port basins.

Up to 1000 people live there by 2020 and 10,000 people work and study. Smaller public
green spaces are planned between the construction areas, such as parks,
Lower and Upper Molen park .
Hafen Offenbach project
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Stakeholders/Pe
ople Involved
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Client
Mainviertel Offenbach GmbH & Co. KG

A company of the Offenbacher Stadtwerke

Residents

The 380 residents of Frankfurt Oberhafen.


six of the 380 residents had complained against the
development plan of the neighboring community.
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Business Owners
Business Owners of the commercial areas.
The companies feared restrictions on their businesses

Local Government Unit

The Verwaltungsgerichtshof (VGH) in Kassel.


held the action of six members of the Frankfurter Oberhafen and
declared the development plan for the port of Offenbach to be
ineffective.
Mayor, Horst Schneider (SPD)
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Developers
Gustav Zech Foundation

Bremen

Deutsche Wohnwerte GmbH & Co. KG,

Heildelberg

In cooperation with the following architects:

Schneider + Schumacher

Uberlingen landscape planner Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl

DESIGN OFFICES GmbH


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The Verwaltungsgerichtshof (VGH) in
Kassel
The Kassel judges based the invalidity of the development plan,
among other things, by showing a mixed area in the western
part of the port of Offenbach, which is within the limits of the
settlement limits of the airport.

In addition, the city of Offenbach did not "take into account the
protection afforded to outside living areas such as balconies,
terraces, children's playgrounds, green spaces and open
spaces". Finally, the permissible number of floors in the plan was
clearly exceeded.
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Frankfurts Hafendezernent Volker Stein (FDP) now pleads for


amended laws, according to which the emission limits are no
longer applied so closely in conurbations such as Offenbach, but
also in Frankfurt.
Hafen Offenbach project
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Concepts Used
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Concept of the Hafen Offenbach
project

The new neighborhood is intended to combine offices,


apartments, shops and leisure facilities. The planning of free
spaces in the district directly on the water is an important part of
the concept.

Open spaces and different paths running along the Main are to
be linked to a network, which is supplemented by green areas.
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Concept of the Hafen Offenbach
project

The tip of the peninsula in the west of the port area is to be


designed as a large public park. In the east of the site, the port
as a meeting point should attract people. The steps of a large
staircase, descending to the water of the Main river will invite
you to linger.
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A Design Sensitive to Environmental
Elements
The sites location on the river and its former industrial character
has meant that this project faces several environmental challenges.
They are being met with clever and creative procedures:

Flood Protection Measures

In order to protect the port from potential floods caused by


storms, the site was elevated by four meters from its original
ground level. Landfill was performed by recycling rubble from
the war and gathered debris from a dam construction project.
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A Design Sensitive to Environmental
Elements

Water and soil remediation

The soil of the port is highly contaminated with fuel oil and other
polluting material, which is why a remediation plan was crucial
for the creation of a clean riverfront. The remediation
procedures are in fact still ongoing and will go through several
phases in order to be completed.
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A Design Sensitive to Environmental
Elements

Visual and Physical Connection to the River

The redevelopment of the port allows not only for an


aesthetically pleasing visual connection to the river, but also
provides access to it.
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The river is linked to the city


in this area through the
many access points created
by stepping terraces with
benches and trees. Some of
these terraces do not solely
border the water, but also
allow streams to cross their
sides.
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A Design Sensitive to Environmental
Elements
Creating a Strong River Identity

The terrace located at the end of the port even follows in its
design lines the movement of the water, as it is curvy and wave-
like rather than geometric.

A strong river identity is also created by encouraging running


and walking on the promenade along the water and proposing
kayak and canoe activities.
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URBAN DESIGN
PROCESS
Madrilejo Larissa
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DESIGN PROCESS CONSIDERATIONS

Land Use

Land Adjacency

Characteristics and Opportunities

Attraction and Integration


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LAND USE
Located at the heart of Rhine-Main
Metropolitan Region

Historically a commercial and industrial river


port.

Formerly utilized for storage and


transportation of petroleum, sand, scrap
metal and gravel.

In the span of time, the area have essentially


grown into a contiguous urban area

Under Offenbachs current development


plan, the former
port of Offenbach will become a new
neighborhood for living and working.
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LAND ADJACENCY
Adjacent to the site is
Frankfurt, have a history of
rivalry and competition
leading for both cities to
create diverging and
contrasting interactions.

Offenbach provides a
distinct and
complementary addition to
Frankfurt who is more
dominant in economy and
population.
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CHARACTERISTICS AND
OPPORTUNITIES : Identity

The list of identity


characteristics denotes
values by which businesses
and new citizens evaluate
quality of life, standard of
living and attractiveness.
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CHARACTERISTICS AND
OPPORTUNITIES : Assets

Consideration of the
quality of buildings and
how they are structured to
augment and
reinforce each other to
allow to create a high-
quality environment in a
productive, enjoyable
place to live and work.
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CHARACTERISTICS AND
OPPORTUNITIES :
Connections
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CHARACTERISTICS AND
OPPORTUNITIES :
Environment
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AT T R A C T I O N A N D
I N T E G R AT I O N

To attract and retain talented people, a city needs to,


among other factors:

Have a state-of-the-art entrepreneurial and innovation


ecosystem;

Offer quality of life and a vibrant urban and cultural life

Provide affordable housing


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AT T R A C T I O N A N D
I N T E G R AT I O N

To attract global investment and business, a city needs to :

Establish strong coalitions

Define and promote investment opportunities.

Optimize land use.


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