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Landscape strategies for urban regeneration

The big challenge for the future is transforming and renewing brownfields to create new possibilities for modern cities. Our masterplan design can be recognized by a unique connection of public open spaces that facilitate, by good practices, social, civic, and economic interactions. LAND Italia, LAND Germany and LAND Suisse collaborate with communities, public administrations and companies with the aim of creating lively and sustainable cities. 

 

Masterplans

Developing territories to direct change, preserving the nature of each site

 
 
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Milano Green Rays, Milan (Italy), 2005 – ongoing

  • Client: AIM / Comune di Milano
  • Service: Creation masterplan
  • Area size: City of Milan
  • Team: Filippo Arpesani, Barbara Boschiroli, Margherita Brianza, Mariangeles Exposito, Andreas Kipar, Camilla Mancini, Giovanni Sala

The Green Rays project defines and promotes a new slow mobility, functioning like green arteries in Milan’s urban areas. Every one of the eight green rays origins from a different area in town, stemming from the inner city and expanding outwards to the edge of the city where they merge into a circular green ring. This will be the future location for a possible bicycle and a walking path with a total length of 72 kilometers. The Green Rays project connects existing and new parks, with some of them being re-developed industrial areas, designed by LAND, such as: Bicocca, Ex-Maserati, Ex Alfa Romeo, Ex area OM.

 

Masterplan Köln-Mülheim: a plea for the Green City, 2O13 - ongoing

  • Client: City of Cologne, City Planning Department, Department of Urban Development, Planning, Building & Transport
  • Partner: ksg Architekten (Cologne)
  • Service: Workshop procedures, framework planning
  • Area Size: 60 ha
  • Team: Susanne Gombert, Kornelia Keil, Andreas Kipar, Martin Thoma

The greenfield in the Mülheim planning area represent an important part in the urban space-planning model of the city of Cologne. The location of the district in direct proximity to existing structures such as the Rheinpark has a great potential to redefine the quality of the existing location. It offers an opportunity to define a new emphasis within the open spaces and connect the district in a comprehensive way. Strengthening the green elements to the right of the river is a valuable contribution to the 'green city'. It takes on aspects of climate change, health, social issues, investment, soil protection, water and air as well as the preservation of biodiversity, thus future proofing urban life.

The foundation for the design concept of the district provides a new added value from culture and nature. A stable network emerges through the historical, spatial and functional overlay, upgrading the existing structures according to location and equally enabling them to assume new perspectives. The new Rheinboulevard stretches along the Mülheim harbor resembling a green backbone. Nine green corridors originate here, arranged like teeth on a green comb.

 
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 PAL3 Agglomeration Program 3rd Generation, Region of Lugano (Switzerland), 2014 - 2016

  • Client: Commissione regionale trasporti del luganese
  • Partners: Studi associati, CITEC 
  • Service: Strategy for the agglomeration program PAL3 City of Lugano
  • Team: Andreas Kipar, Matteo Pedaso, Giovanna Rapisarda, Federico Scopinich 

In Switzerland, agglomeration programs are gaining importance in spatial planning strategies. These promote urban and landscape development by integrating sectorial policies and single measures for spatial interventions. They represent a tool for local stakeholder to apply strategies and principles for a sustainable development and use of land.

The construction of an interlinked system in-between urban centers and rural areas is a primary concern in defining the fundamentals of planning policies. At the same time urban sprawl has to be restrained in regards to the social, economic and environmental impact. Therefore a sustainable approach to spatial planning and development should include the use of existing developed areas and must focus on inward concentration of the built land rather than the Greenfield development. The PAL3 Agglomeration Program of Lugano, in its third generation, deals with the application of these principles to the region of Lugano.  Over the last decades growing local and cross-border traffic and a fast-paced urban development have defined the open space, where the richness and the beauty of the natural elements face the contradictions of a densely populated urban area.

 
Emscherland

State Garden Show Emscherland 2020, Essen (Germania), 2015

  • Client: Emschergenossenschaft
  • Partner: GseProjekte
  • Service: Development of a feasibility study for the application to The National Garden Show 2020
  • Area size: 122 ha
  • Team: Andrea Balestrini, Roberta Filippini, Susanne Gombert, Andreas Kipar, Nadja Paluda, Marina Polets, Cecilia Ricci, Federico Scopinich

The aim of the project was the development of a feasibility study as the basis for the joint application of the cities of Herten, Recklinghausen, Herne and Castrop-Rauxel for a national garden show in 2020. The central theme of the National Garden Show Emscherland 2020 is the development of a "Blue-Green Belt" along the river Emscher and across four cities. The study conveys the importance of the newly created green infrastructure as an example for the Emscher Valley. It also supports a step-by-step development with the advancing Emscher conversion from its source to the estuary.

The entire planning concept is based on a permanent upgrading of the urban and landscape areas along the river Emscher, as well as its links with surrounding districts and its connection to regional open space concepts and route systems. Furthermore, the study will present the long-term reconstruction of the Emscher system at the public National Garden Show Emscherland 2020.

 
International Financial Center Moscow

International Financial Center, Moscow (Russia), 2014 - ongoing

  • International Competition: 1st place
  • Client: Sberbank
  • Partners: ASTOC, HPP, Dress&Sommer 
  • Area size: 450ha
  • Team:  Roberta Filippini, Ottavia Franzini, Susanne Gombert, Andrea Govi, Kornelia Keil, Andreas Kipar, Tatiana Nemova, Cecilia Ricci

The concept of ‘Fluid Landscape’ has shaped the project resulting into three green fingers that depart from the riverbank and lead into the core of the new urban development. They provide a strong dialogue between the landscape and the river and through the open spaces and the urban layout.

The development is divided into zones with different characteristics according to the adaptation to local topography. The extended flood area between the water and the curvy riverside path creates natural room for the river Moskvato to flow smoothly into a wider riverbed of high ecological value.

 
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Kodrina Green iDensity, Prishtina (Kosovo), 2016

  • International Competition: 2nd place
  • Client: Tregtia, Prishtina Municipality
  • Partners: Bottega di Architettura Metropolitana, AI Group
  • Area size: 30ha
  • Team: Roberta Filippini, Andreas Kipar, Eleonora Pasino, Marina Polets, Giovanna Rapisarda

Kodrina Green iDensity is a new sustainable city model. It combines the local roots of the complex city of Prishtina and its great historical value as well as its beautiful surrounding landscape. With a great variety of housing and green spaces, Green iDensity is a new way of living in a city while staying connected with nature.

 
Archipelago Verde Rome

Rome Arcipelago Verde, Rome (Italy), 2012

  • Client: Comune di Roma 
  • Partner: Tspoon
  • Service: Strategic planning
  • Team: Stefano Gallo, Andreas Kipar, Matteo Pedaso 

The Arcipelago Verde model combines a strategy of preservation and territorial development. It offers new spaces to socialize, a new identity for the suburbs, the creation of public spaces interconnected by a “slow” network of paths plus the promotion and enhancement of urban and regional parks spread in the roman suburbs.

The above are examples of features to be implemented throughout the green spaces along the Ring Road. These features are based on an archipelago of areas intended to shape the capital’s new great green belt.

Arcipelago Verde is a new way of conceiving open spaces in Rome. It aims to join central areas in town with the existing parks, as well as enhancing the value of the “Agro Romano”, the greatest heritage of the Roman landscape. It is a large territory surrounding Rome with a surface of 212.000 hectares, mainly consisting of agricultural areas enriched with monuments, aqueducts, natural and archaeological sites. This is a diverse landscape that is currently disconnected from the city, however could become the capital’s real innovation lab.

 
Green Tree Strategy Venice

Venice Green Tree Strategy, Porto Marghera, Venice (Italy), 2014 - 2015

  • Client: VEGA - Parco scientifico tecnologico di Venezia 
  • Partner: 120grammi | laboratorio di architettura
  • Service: Strategic planning
  • Team: Martina Erba, Ottavia Franzini, Andreas Kipar, Matteo Pedaso

Venetian cultural and environmental heritage coexisted for years with one of the largest industrial areas in Europe, Porto Marghera. Now the industrial district is mostly unused and seeking its own physical and functional changeover.

This changeover aims at the overall re-launch of the industrial area through the introduction of new environmentally sustainable initiatives in all of the metropolitan areas. The paradigm at the base of this urban/environmental renewal project is to try to imagine the metropolitan area as a tree. A tree that has its roots in the historical city of Venice and its leaves on land in the midst of places of production and innovation. This is the start for “Green Tree Strategy” for Porto Marghera: a new image for the metropolitan area that aims at enhancing the mainland, creating new polarities and multiplying places which act as generators of relations.

More projects: A.M.I. Park; Aquileia IT, strategic plan and territorial valorisation; Cagliari IT, green spaces plan; Caorle (Venezia) IT Ca’ Corniani, strategic approach; Catania IT, San Berillo masterplan; Dormagen DK, Freizeit- und Naherholungskonzept Dormagen; Essen D, European Green Capital 2017 Begleitende Koordination Einzelprojekte; Frosinone IT, River Sacco valley strategic plan, Strategia di valorizzazione della Valle del Sacco; Garda inland (Verona) IT, Sustainable Tourism Development; Genoa-Ventimiglia IT, cycle path; Krombach D, Landschaftsplanerische Studie Krombach; La Maddalena (Olbia) IT, landscape project; Lampedusa IT, strategic plan; Lugano CH, Circonvallazione Agno Bioggio Landscape consultation; Lugano CH, Ex FLP cycle path Concept Design; Milano-Lugano IT- CH, MI-LU strategic plan; Mönchengladbach D, Der Grüne Strahl von Mönchengladbach; Palmaria (La Spezia) IT, Sustainable Tourism Development; Reggio Emilia IT, valorization of the enza valley; Riccione IT, strategic redevelopment; Rimini IT, New Rimini conference center and redevelopment of the ausa park; Valsorda IT, urban-environmental redevelopment; Venice gateway IT; Vercelli IT, Enerscapes project Scenario.