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Dresden City

Municipality of Dresden
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Dresden is situated in the south-eastern part of the Free State of Saxony, which borders not only on other German regions (Bavaria, Thuringia, Saxony-Anhalt and Brandenburg), 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 foothills of the Eastern Erzgebirge Uplands, the Lusitian Granite Hills and the Elbe Sandstone Hills characterise the delightful surroundings of the Saxon capital.

In terms of area Dresden holds 4th position among the cities of Germany, after Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne. 508,000 people have their main residence in Dresden. That means, Dresden holds the 12th position among the cities of Germany. Against the general trend, Dresden’s population

Over the past years, Dresden has developed into one of Germany’s strongest and most dynamic economic locations, with a particular emphasis on microelectronics, IT and telecommunications, biotechnology, nanotechnology, photovoltaics and the development and manufacturing of new materials. Dresden is furthermore the strongest research location in Eastern Germany, with the Dresden University of Technology an numerous other universities and research institutes

Dresden unites cultural and art treasures of European renown. Inherent to the aura of Dresden are the architectural gems around the Theaterplatz Square and the Brühl Terrace, and the treasures of the State Art Collections. Dresden’s cultural flair is today based above all on its blend of architectural sights, world-famous collections and living traditions in music and the fine, performing and applied arts.


Although being a prosperous centre of the urban agglomeration, Dresden is charged with
numerous Brownfield sites with a total surface space of 1,600 hectares. Many of them being located close to the city centre, they urge to be redeveloped. The challenge also can be considered as a potential for improving the urban structures and for reducing the Greenfield redevelopments at the same time. Last but not least, the Brownfield redevelopment can be helpful in terms of coping with the climate change.

B-Team Initiatives

The City Planning Office is in charge with the preparatory work and coordination of the revitalisation of Brownfields.

From the political and planning point of view several city council resolutions exist for guiding the redevelopment of the Brownfields:
– Guidelines/visions for urban redevelopment (Leitbild Stadtumbau) and an

– Integrated urban development conceptProblems and > targets

  • Weak public (and local politicians’) awareness of amount and potentials of the Brownfields > widening the public awareness to the structural potentials
  • Different attitudes of neighbouring landowners within a Brownfield area obstruct a comprehensive redevelopment plan> Getting stakeholders together and elaborate a feasible structure (and action) plan
  • Insufficient knowledge about the real severity of the contamination can lead to an overestimation of the financial risks of regeneration >Introducing a reasonable method of contamination survey as a basis to value the risks properly
  • Brownfields remaining abandoned for long times spread their bad appearance over the whole quarter > provide a minimum standard of remediation for all sites of importance
  • Long-term planning perspectives for Brownfield areas don’t care about the current disadvantages of the areas > elaborate an action plan for interim land-use of Brownfields (e.g. city forests)
  • The redevelopment process of Brownfield sites actually starts in consequence of a certain demand > upgrading of Brownfields in advance to a state that enables them to compete at the market.
  • Existing but unused infrastructure in Brownfield areas causes expenses to the public utility without adequate receipt > promote the consciousness of the quality of local infrastructure and service as a potential for development
  • Keeping Brownfield sites data base up to date requires high expenditure > coordinationof the different authorities involved in the subject

From the great variety in Brownfield topics within the city of Dresden, the Leipziger Vorstadt precinct was selected to serve as study area in B-Team project.

Masterplan Leipziger Vorstadt. Neustädter Hafen
Dresden´s new address at the river Elbe

Next to the City centre at the river Elbe there is a very well connected large area with former industrial, railway and port uses. Most of the district isn´t used adequately regarding its potential.

According to our principle for the inner city this area should become more compacted. Aspired are high quality housing and cultural uses.

Core area is the so called „Neustädter Hafen“, which is probably the first step of the redevelopment of the whole area. For this part a workshop process was done.

But there are three big unsolved constraints:
• Meanwhile very well established and frequented temporary cultural and sports uses
such as beach volleyball, bars, discos
• Location in the flood area of the river Elbe
• Property ownership has to be reorganised.
Target planning: step-by-step-development of an area of about 50 hectares

Considerations for the benefits of the B-Team project in Dresden:
– A high position of the project permits the execution of moderated meetings with the
respective owners
– The complexity of the problem at both areas (property questions, listed buildings, different interests for the use of the areas, legacy pollution, re-development questions,
competencies and responsibilities) can be used as model for the regeneration of others
fewer complex brownfields Dresden
– Development of strategies for brownfield rehabilitation on the administrative level (private ownership – responsibility and promotion)
– Exemplary use of brownfield potential for the mitigation of the effects of the climate change
– With the support of contemporary art create of new possibilities for the revitalisation of
brownfields and reinforce the synergies between culture and economics

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