In this week’s installment of the Fox News Urban Definition series, we take a look at a German project which aims to define urban conservatism, or “urban conservatism,” as the conservative ideology and principles which underpin many German cities and towns.
The program, titled “Das Urban Definition,” is a project by the German Institute for Development Research (DIW) that was created to define and develop “the new German city” in its first three years of operation.
The first four projects, which were announced in September 2016, aim to identify the characteristics of a new German town and provide insight into the political, economic and social context in which it will be established.
The five projects will include:A Berlin-themed urban renewal project called “Berlin-Kirchberg”A new pedestrian bridge between Berlin and the town of KarlsruheA new highway connecting Karlsbad to the city of WuppertalA new park and sports complex for the city’s central business districtA new public plaza for the central business parkA new green space on the outskirts of Karlskoga, the central district of Karlsdorf, to be converted into a public park and green space to accommodate the city council’s proposal for a new outdoor public parkA pedestrian bridge to the north of the central city to connect Karlsdorkan and Karls-DahlenBahnhof, a small industrial park to the east of Karlsbuch, which will serve as a model for future urban developments in the areaBauhaus, a new public park for the new district of KölnAn urban development project in the city center to be built in the central part of Karlscheid, with a new park, a community center, office building, shopping area and housing to replace the existing industrial areaThe final project, which is a joint venture between the city and the private development firm Oskar Schmitt, aims to “define a new urban conservatism” and “develop a vision of the future of Karlsvall, and Karlsbuehlen.”
The projects aim to develop “a comprehensive vision of urban development and a strategic plan of the city,” the DIW said in a press release.
“Das urban definition” is one of the projects the DIF announced on the official website of the institute, which describes itself as the “nation’s leading research institute in the field of urban planning.”
According to the institute’s website, “Degenerate Cities” will be the “new project.”
“It will create a comprehensive vision for the future city of Karlswaben in which a new city centre will be developed, which includes an important new pedestrian crossing at Karlsbuehren (Karlsbuehrung), as well as the transformation of the surrounding area into a major green space,” the project’s website says.
The concept is to create a new “urban city” that will “support the development of innovative solutions for the needs of the public.”
The idea is to “support development of new solutions for public transport, water, and waste management, and the regeneration of urban land for public and private purposes, with the aim of achieving the highest standards of living and social inclusion in the next 20 years,” the website says, without mentioning specific projects.
According to The Local, the project is not just about a new pedestrian link connecting Karlsdorsdorf to Karlsbroddern, but also aims to create an urban park with green space.
The park will be “the only public park in the entire Karlsborg region” that has a pedestrian crossing.
The project’s description is vague, but the project does describe it as a “shared-use park” with a pedestrian bridge, a public plaza, a green space, an office building and a new community center.
The idea is for “a new urban community,” but the plan’s description doesn’t specify a specific site for the park.
The press release from the DIWs website says the project will “create a new town, the first in the country, with an urban center to become a city, a city that is a living, breathing community.”
“This new urban city will be a part of the larger community, the new urban center will be an extension of the whole city,” it says.