Lübeck is an historic north German city. The old quarter is an island enclosed by the Trave River and Elbe-Lubeck Canal.
It has a medieval town plan and is identified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The centre suffered damage during World War II, which resulted in a lack of spatial coherence and poor quality public realm.
In response to demand for high-quality public spaces that would respect the historic infrastructure, the city authority sought sensitive proposals for public realm improvements and an extension to the pedestrian zone.
– The first community planning process undertaken in the Schleswig-Holstein region of Germany.
– A neutral platform for dialogue that stimulated over 400 local people to contribute to public realm and vehicular circulation solutions.
– A brief that secured full public support.
– Creation of a set of criteria to evaluate seven key public spaces.
– Consensus on public space character guidelines for their redesign.
– Strategies for design of landscaping and lighting to emphasise differences between historic and modern buildings
– A Community Planning Report that formed an integral component of the brief for an international competition to redesign the public realm
“If all future community planning events in Lübeck are as creative and competent, I do not fear about Lübeck’s future!”
– Bausenator Franz Peter Boden, Councillor for Urban Planning