Green instead of Gray – Industrial Parks in Transition
Collaborative Project within the Research Program "Sustainable Transformation of Urban Spaces". New poject in cooperation with WILA Bonn started recently (July 2016). Supporting companies for greener industrial parks.
Industrial parks don’t need to be gray and dreary, but rather can be
an important element of green cities. In a model project coordinated by
the Bonn Science Shop (WILA Bonn) the Global Nature Fund (GNF) will
investigate how sustainable rearranging of existing industrial parks can
succeed in the cities Frankfurt (Main), Marl and Remscheid.
In the mentioned cities space is limited. Companies need space for
business, citizens need recreational areas. But also in industrial parks
several needs exist for the use of different areas. The research
project "Green instead of Gray – Industrial Parks in Transition”
involves all relevant stakeholders in the planning of a potential
reshaping of industrial parks. The project considers ecological, social
and economic perspectives. Even smaller actions as the greening of
parking spaces, the conscious choice of materials in construction
projects or the planting of streets with green traffic islands can
contribute for an increase in urban climate.
Industrial Parks in Frankfurt, Marl and Remscheid
Starting points in industrial parks Seckbach / Fechenheim-Nord
(Frankfurt), Lenkerbeck (Marl) and Großhülsberg (Remscheid) are quite
- The industrial park Seckbach / Fechenheim-Nord is
located in close proximity to the Frankfurt green belt and is well
connected to the traffic. The main focus of the project is to find a
solution for how the industrial park can increase urban climate with
help of landscape planning and urban development actions.
- The industrial park Lenkerbeck is located between a
residential area in the south and a recreational area in the north.
Typical cultural landscapes of the Münsterland region is only
rudimentary available in the area. The industrial park is supposed to be
further developed under the implication of all interests and desires
and is supposed to be connected to the neighboring areas.
- The industrial park Großhülsberg is also adjacent
to a residential area and is conveniently located. The optimization of
the integration of surroundings and the issue of energy saving are the
main focuses during the project.
Model for the Industrial Park Development of other Cities
Priority tasks in the joint project are support and initial advices
for companies, the collection of information on natural design of the
company premises and commercial areas as well as their target group
preparation and communication. Furthermore, GNF supports the
facilitation of corporate dialogues and the dissemination of results and
provides technical and methodological input on environmental surface
features and their evaluation.
In cooperation with the Lake Constance Foundation GNF brings
experience and knowledge from other projects – for example from the
award-winning project "Greening of Company Premises”.
The Technical University of Darmstadt and the Osnabrück University are
partners in the project. The municipal partners ensure that companies,
government and civil society are involved in the development of
industrial parks. The WILA Bonn links project partners and their
responsibilities with each other and provides knowledge from other
projects. In addition, experiences and concepts gained from "Industrial
Areas in Transition" are supposed to be transferred to other cities as
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