The partly wasteland, partly unused harbour area on the Verbindungskanal has been upgraded to create a new cultural location. Open spaces and the "Stadtpromenade" (City Promenade), the "Quartiersterrasse" (Neighbourhood terrace) and the "Freiraumtaschen" (open space pockets) were created direct on the canal. They provide space for various uses and user groups.
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Source: Stadt Mannheim
The Jungbusch neighbourhood is situated between the inner city and the Mannheim harbour (pop. 325,000). It was last characterised by decreased use as a harbour on the Verbindungskanal. In the early 1990s, a structural change started in the city's old red-light area which opened up new prospects.
With a mix of city investments, project funds from the state and private finance, a new inner city development was started. The neighbourhood is now upgraded and has been geographically freed from its "island location" with the hard borders between harbour and inner city. The overall inner city open space network has been expanded at strategic locations. This happened through infrastructural, urban planning and, not least, also through socio-cultural measures. The activities of the city administration were supported by neighbourhood management and were brought into the district.
In 2007, the project was one of three leading projects of the Mannheim 400th Jubilee.
From 2000 to 2006, the project was supported within the framework of URBAN II, and since 2003 within the framework of the Soziale Stadt urban development support programme. Between 2006 and 2007 it was evaluated as a case study in the research project "Innovationen für familien- und altengerechte Stadtquartiere" (Innovations for urban squares suitable for families and elderly people) in the federal research programme "Experimenteller Wohnungs- und Städtebau" (Experimental Residential and Urban Development) - ExWoSt.
Source: Stadt Mannheim
The backbone of the urban open space development on the Verbindungskanal is formed by an eight to ten-metre wide and approx. 1.3 km long strip of land between Rhine and Neckar. A promenade has been built here with "open space pockets" which offer space for different ¬uses and user groups. To the north, the beach bar in the Musikpark forms the entrance to the newly designed open space.
This is followed by the promenade deck and the playing fields next to the student housing. They are available to all the residents as a place for playing and resting. In addition, residents' gardens were created within the framework of "Kunst im öffentlichen Raum" (art in public space). A square has been built next to the newly relocated "Popakademie Baden-Württemberg" and the "Musikpark Mannheim" foundation centre as a wide entrance to the promenade. People from all generation who are interested in culture have a meeting place a the "Kaufmannmühle" square. The neighbourhood square at the Teufelsbrücke bridge and towards the inner city axis Jungbuschstrasse is an important interface to the neighbouring urban district. The flat, terraced square, with comfortable seating, allows everyday use, temporary campaigns and events. Its location and design invite old and young to linger. A city loggia with retractable roof, and the hard floor coverings, round off the design elements of the square. The open space system is expanded to include a children's play area on a former car park of the "Islinger-Areal" site and skate park on the Kurt-Schumacher-Brücke bridge.
The design of the promenade according to modern principles largely reflects the strong character of the harbour. It is stony and fitted with benches, seats, lighting and shading roofs. Railway tracks and old coverings have partly been kept.
Hafenstrasse, which used to form the western edge of the neighbourhood, has moved into the neighbourhood as a result of the development of the waterside. It is now perceived as a lively commercial street. The 30-km/h zone has been retained and developed further. Paths between the neighbourhood and the Verbindungskanal at three pronounced locations have been designed as "carpets" with colour and artistic reliefs in the paving.
The "Turnhalle plus" sports hall has been built close to the Verbindungskanal. It expands the sporting and leisure facilities in the urban neighbourhood. Alongside rooms for sporting use, neighbourhood-related community activities are possible here. The associated open space has also been redesigned as part of the project.
The project area remains part of the harbour area. The city has leased the promenade and squares for 30 years. It therefore does not have to be designated as green space or traffic space with a special use. It is a temporary use "tolerated" by the owner. The staatliche Rhein-Neckar-Hafengesellschaft Mannheim (HGM) manages and leases the spaces for the state as owner. At present there are no plans to sell the spaces owned by the state.
|2000-2006||Support within the framework of the URBAN II Mannheim/Ludwigshafen programme|
|2001||General planning Jungbusch/Verbindungskanal|
|2002||Support within the framework of the Soziale Stadt (Social City) programme, neighbourhood management Jungbuschquartier|
|2004||"Turnhalle plus X" competition|
|2004/2005||The Jungbusch neighbourhood becomes an inner city redevelopment area|
|2005||Renovation of Hafenstrasse|
|2007||Completion of the 1st section of the development as part of Mannheim's 400th jubilee: Promenade (800 m) and three squares|
|2007||Revision of the competition results "Turnhalle plus X" from 2004|
|2007||Start of "Campus am Kanal" development|
|2007||End of external support|
|2008||Completion: "Campus am Kanal"|
Source: Stadt Mannheim
- Development of the harbour potential for the sustained upgrading of the neighbourhood
- Attractive public open spaces for various user groups
- Impetus for private investments
- Development of a location for the creative milieu
- Creation of an integrated open space system
- Expansion of the city-wide path network
Types of measures
Source: Stadt Mannheim
- Relocation of the Popakademie and the "Musikpark Mannheim" foundation centre
- Creation and continuation of an inner city general plan
- Varied measures in the district, such as: Planting campaigns, tree sponsorships, modernisation advice, existence support for companies
- Establishment of a "Aktionsfonds Jungbusch" campaign fund which so far as supported 16 projects organised by residents
- Cultural projects: laboratorio17 artists' network – workshops, exhibitions, concerts, lectures; creative factory - theatre, music, video and photo projects by young migrants; international women's meeting - meeting possibilities for women from various ethnic origins; KulturContainerStadt CON.TENT.17 - events location as part of the city jubilee from autumn 2006.
Source: Stadt Mannheim
The project stands for the "Stadtentwicklung durch Freiraumqualifizierung" (urban development through open space qualification) strategy. Multiple usable and changeable rooms were created, whose use addresses various focus groups and at the same time remains open to all users.
The focus of this project was on developing a location with a creative scene. The promenade connects, offers additional space for play and thus serves the cultural location. With the new Popakademie and the Musikpark it has a city-wide importance. The inner city is drawn to the water of the Verbindungskanal. The Jungbusch neighbourhood now profits from the urban and cultural upgrading. The harbourside has become a new address for the neighbourhood.
- "Stadtjubiläum Mannheim 2007. Prozess, Projekte und Perspektiven – Eine Dokumentation" (City Jubilee Mannheim 2007. Process, Projects and Prospects - A Documentation), City of Mannheim (publisher), 2006
- Image brochures "vkm Verbindungskanal Mannheim", City of Mannheim (publisher), 2007.
- "10/400 - 10 Jahre Stadtentwicklung/400 Jahre Stadt Mannheim. Das Projektbuch zum Stadtjubiläum Mannheim 2007" (10/400 - 10-years urban development/400-years of Mannheim. The project book of the Mannheim Jubilee 2007), City of Mannheim (publisher), 2007
- Pantle, Ulrich: "Die Choreografie eines Wandels. Revitalisierung und Konversion Jungbusch und Verbindungskanal Mannheim", in: ‚Stadt erneuern’, deutsche bauzeitung (db), (The choreography of a change. Revitalisation and conversion of Jungbusch and the Mannheim Verbindungskanal), Leinfelden-Echterdingen, January 2005, p.40-45
- Meeting and tour with Frank Gwildis, City of Mannheim Dept of Urban Development and Michael Scheuermann, Jungbusch Neighbourhood Management, on 02.07.2007 by bgmr Landschaftsarchitekten within the framework of the ExWoSt research "Innovationen für familien- und altengerechte Stadtquartiere" (Innovations for family and age-appropriate urban neighbourhoods).
- Documentation of case studies in the "Innovationen für familien- und altengerechte Stadtquartiere" research. Werkstatt: Praxis Vol. 61, published by BMVBS/BBR, Bonn 2008, pages 48-51, >> more information
The projekt site ist to be found at postal code: 68159 - town: Mannheim - street: Hafenstraße 50.
Poject site on Google-Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/8UTGNJuctfD2
Last update: 22.01.2018