Backnang West neighbourhood 2050 – “The Caring Town”

SAVE Backnang West neighbourhood 2050 – “The Caring Town”

Last Registration Date: 10 February 2021

Country: Backnang, Germany

Type: Open Competition

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About Competition

Große KreisstadtWinnenden

Große Kreisstadt Winnenden – the term ‘Große Kreisstadt’ refers to a major district town under German municipal law –is the oldest town in the Rems-Murr district and has around 28,000 residents. It is located approximately 25 km north-east of the state capital Stuttgart. The core town and its seven districts are nestled between vineyards, meadow orchards and the edges of the Schwäbischer Wald forest. The medieval character of the town centre is still well preserved. Transport links to Stuttgart are excellent thanks to the B14 national road and the train station, which servesas a stop for regional trains and suburban rail. Winnenden is a growing location for business with a dense network of SMEs that are often family-runbusinesses. One example is Kärcher, a company steeped in tradition with international operations.

Brief description: 

The aim of the competition is to develop radical ideas for a liveable and future-proof urban quarter on a former industrial site in the town of Backnang, which has 37,000 inhabitants, in the Rems-Murr district in Baden-Württemberg. The approx. 16.7 hectare large Backnang West neighbourhood has been part of the Network of the International Building Exhibition 2027 since 2019. It was submitted by the city of Backnang.

As part of an international urban planning competition, Winnenden municipal authorities and the International Building Exhibition 2027 Stadt Region Stuttgart (IBA’27) are looking for suggestions for a mixed-use neighbourhood of the future. A site approximately 5.2 hectares in size located between Winnenden train station and the B14 national road is to become home to a neighbourhood that demonstrates the benefits of living and working in a high-density development with hybrid buildings. As an IBA’27Project, the new urban neighbourhood could become a model for how to use closely integrated functions to alleviate the scarcity of housing and of manufacturing spaces in the Stuttgart Region in a space-saving and sustainable manner.

The planned neighbourhood is set to combine the space needed by regional companies with innovative housing models and traffic-calmed public spaces that offer a high quality of stay. Adapted architectural forms can protect against noise from traffic and industry. Community facilities, cafés and restaurants and other services are to be used as shared spaces by residents and employees. There is also an ambitious sustainability concept that closes circular systems. The objective is to make the new urban neighbourhood a high-profile example of how intelligent and courageous planning creates added value for the economy, for people and the environment.

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Key Dates

The closing date for the anonymous Open competition is 10 February 2021, with the jury decisions expected on 23and 24 February 2021.

About the Organizer

The International Building Exhibition as a format

International Building Exhibitions (Internationale Bauausstellungen or ‘IBAs’) have been around for more than 100years. During their history, they have evolved from pure architecture shows to far-reaching laboratories of urban and regional development. With wide range of different projects, they promote innovations in architecture and planning over a period spanning several years. They connect the potential to be found in communities, in companies, in science and in politics in order to reconceptualise the future of cities and regions. They provide a framework for experiments outside the scope of everyday planning in a search for courageous and new answers to the social, economic and ecological questions raised by building.

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