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Waterfront green space improvements, Nagold, Germany

Name Waterfront green space improvements
Location along the river Waldach, Nagold
Country Germany
Authors Andra Spornic, Andreia Oshiro Gama, Masaki Ikeda
Viaduct Nagold.jpg

Landscape and/or urban context of your case

  • Biogeography

Nagold has today an integrated urban green infrastructure, result from the Garden Exhibition which took place in the city center in 2012. The city park and city garden are on both sides of the river Nagold and connected to another park, the Riedbrunnen, through the renaturated river Waldach as a green corridor. This green corridor along the Waldach River, which crosses the city from north to south, stops at the Viaduct, an important landmark in Nagold landscape that cutsthe center and its periphery. Beyond the viaduct no plan or design was developedso far, what reveals a disconnection between this area and the city center.

  • Cultural features

In the Brunnen Park, north side of viaduct, there are sport areas very uses by teenagers and a playground, each one in one side of the river. On weekends they are full of people, especially on summer, when kids also play in the Waldach’s water.

  • Overall character

The urban green structure is clear and connected in the city center and is quite intensive used by residents and visitors. However the viaduct is a strong element on landscape and seems to cut this green structure from the south part of Nagold. The river Waldach runs to the south, but has apparently no relation to its surrounding in this part.

  • History and dynamics

Nagolds’ City Planners together with Mr. Stefan Fromm, the landscape architect responsible for Garden exhibition project, decided to concentrate the event area around the old town until the borders of the viaduct on the south. The neighborhood beyond this border is composed by houses and residential building, commercial area and super-market, industrial buildings, all surrounded by nature protected areas. Here the car traffic is more intensive in comparison to downtown and we see fewer pathways forpedestrians.

  • Illustration: Map; sketches; short descriptive analyses

What are the objectives of your design?

The quality of the green spaces in Nagold is clearly perceived in the city center and we intent to think about possibilities to expand this quality to other parts of the city. We will start focusing on the south part, where the gap on the green structure is more evident, exploring the area along the Waldach river.

Analytical drawings

Please add four analytical sketches/drawings (or montages/schemes) of your case. Every group member needs to contribute at least one drawing.

Projective drawings

Please add four projective sketches/drawings (or montages/schemes), of course with an emphasis on planting design/vegetation aspects. Every group member needs to contribute at least one drawing representing his/her individual ideas.

Design Synthesis

Please analyse the individual approaches presented so far and evaluate their strengths and weaknesses (you may use the SWOTanalysis model). Try to create a synthesis and represent it with a plan and some sketches. You can still use drawings/sketches.

Summary of the collaborative process


Work in group is always a challenging job but also an opportunity to learn from others experiences. Site selection was one of the difficult tasks in our group, because of the different perspectives and as well we imagined a different type of analysis of collaborative design. Time synchronization was a factor that has slowed down the process of our project, but until the end we managed to get through obstacles and propose a concept that fits to the chosen site in Nagold city, Germany.

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