21CD twenty-first century development

Scharnhauser Park

Ostfildern, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Scharnhauser park is a brownfield redevelopment project that contains a much-needed residential neighborhood with some workplaces. It is designed to create an ecological community development that exemplifies sustainable living. 

Size:

346 acres, 3,500 dwellings

Dates:

1992-2004

Project Team:

City of Ostfildern

Landscape Architect: Gerhard Hauber

Performance levels achieved:

  • Standard

  • Good

  • Better

  • Living

  • Regenerative

Place
Limits to Growth
Food
Habitat
Transportation
Water
Energy
Health + Happiness
Civilized Environment
Neighborhood Design
Biophilia
Resilient Connections
Materials
Material Plan
Embodied Energy & Carbon
Waste
Equity
Neighborhood & Access
Access to Nature
Access to Community Services
Investment
Beauty
Inspiration
Beauty & Spirit

Goals & Strategies:

Place

Food

Goals: Not defined.

Strategies: Orchard and cultural connection to agriculture. Local agriculture sold in stores.

Habitat

Goals: Not defined.

Strategies: 61 acres of parks. 104 acres of uncultivated open space. Rainwater retention gardens.

Transportation

Goals: Not defined.

Strategies: Public transportation links to greater city, including light rail station, bicycle infrastructure. Parking reduced to 1 spot per unit. Walking paths.

Water

Water

Goals: 100% of stormwater remains on site through infiltration or harvesting.

Strategies: Stormwater is directed into retention beds. Rainwater is either captured or returned to the water table. Direct infiltration drainage system. Stormwater retention trenches that are staggered to filter water before it enters the river.

Energy

Energy

Goals: Utilize efficient construction standards for buildings.

Strategies: Solar PV. Solar hot water. Geothermal energy. Efficient design. District heating.

Health + Happiness

Materials

Embodied Energy & Carbon

Goals: Not defined.

Strategies: Renovation of existing buildings. Energy efficient construction.

Waste

Goals: Not defined.

Strategies: Reuse of existing building material. Construction waste recycled and repurposed for roads. Waste facilities.

Equity

Neighborhood & Access

Goals: Not defined.

Strategies: Units are market rate, though programs exist to support affordability. Public access to streets, human-scale design. Community services and centers, schools, open park space. Climate protection concept. Website detailing resilience strategies. Public art, educational opportunities.

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Sources: http://www.energy-cities.eu/IMG/pdf/Scharnhauser_Park_EN.pdf  |  http://www.ramboll.com/projects/germany/scharnhauser-park  |  http://www.ostfildern.de/scharnhauser_park.html

*Note: This case study was developed using found information.