July 8, 2011

Dresden hosted the 5th European Brownfield Days


The 5th Brownfield Days (BDs) was conducted in Dresden, Germany on 4-7 July 2011. It was hosted by Dresden City Council. Dresden is situated in the south-eastern part of the Free State of Saxony, which borders not only on other German regions, but also on the Czech Republic and Poland. Dresden is the centre of the Upper Elbe Valley urban agglomeration that lies in a marked widening of the Elbe valley.

The focused of these particular Brownfield Days were to share and exchange partners’ experiences in Brownfield redevelopment strategies.

On the first day, activities included the introduction to the urban development in Dresden and walking tour “Leipziger Vorstadt”– a guided visit to the identified Brownfield area and to selected locations with temporary uses.

The next day activities focused on the discussions on the approaches to Brownfield development strategies/theoretical framework, and series of workshops where participants formed into working groups.

One of the highlights of the activity was the planned public event in the third day (Wednesday, 6th July). Local community people and politicians and other stakeholders discussed the results and conclusions of the activity with the partners.  The focus of the event was on the alternative opportunities for the redevelopment of the Neustaedter Hafen / Leipziger Vorstadt area.

On the final day, a closing session was facilitated and outputs of the workshops were concluded. B-Team members had discussed and agreed to finalise their strategic and site-specific recommendations that could be part of the Brownfield Pledge of Dresden.

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