The way we in Strasbourg are building our city has a direct impact on our shared future. Today we find ourselves up against the very real challenge of how to come up with a system of urban development which makes limited use of resources, is respectful of the environment and encourages solidarity and access to good quality housing for all its citizens at every stage in their lives. This is why the Urban Community of Strasbourg (CUS) is strongly committed to a future driven by sustainable development, a significant feature of which is Eco-Districts.
The first Eco-District projects within the CUS are each tailored to a specific purpose within the urban context.
Danube Eco-District Strasbourg Neudorf
The new Danube sector features the construction of a new urban district along the waterfront bordering a former port and industrial brownfield area. The project involves the construction of some 650 homes and activities within appartment buildings over an area giving, on one side, onto the route du Rhin, where most of its activities are concentrated, and on the other side, onto the water. Danube has a strategic location within the city, just a 15 min walk away from the Cathedral, and is served by two tramlines. Positioned between Neudorf and the city centre, the new district is part of the large-scale Heyritz-Kehl development project aimed at rehabilitating 250 ha of brownfield on the route towards the Rhine and Germany.
The Danube Eco-District project was the winning entry in the "Mobility" category out of the 160 ideas put forward in answer to the State-sponsored Eco-District call for projects. The Danube development provides for a comprehensive network of transport to replace the individual car, to encourage inhabitants and users to switch to more ecological ways of getting around (tram, bus, bicycle and car sharing, etc) and to support the deliberate choice of providing a sharply reduced number of parking spaces in the new district.
The group of urban planners brought together by architect Christian Devillers was chosen in December 2010 to supervise the building of the Eco-District. Building is due to start in 2012, and calls for projects have been launched for the allocation of the various plots. 40% of the 650 housing units are to be reserved for subsidised housing, 10% for first-time homebuyers, 40% for private housing and 10% for cooperative housing. The development will also include a school, services and shared parking facilities. Devillers and his group were awarded the contract as result of the diversity of the features they wrote into their development plan, which included alleyways, esplanades, a mix of buildings of between two and seven floors, garden spaces are more densely-grouped buildings.
Brasserie Eco-District Strasbourg Cronenbourg
When production and bottling stopped in the Kronenbourg brewery in 2000, the northern part of the site, located in the middle of the suburb of Cronenbourrg, became a brownfield area of 3.6 hectares. With excellent connections and nearby shopping facilities, the site offered an excellent opportunity for building new housing with a high environmental value. The operation is being managed by SERS, the Strasbourg development agency.
Les Rives du Bohrie Ostwald eco-district
Bohrie is an important development sector in the inner suburbs of the City, which enjoys excellent tram connections to the city centre. The district is built around a lake, on a natural site of some 50 hectares and will be home to some 1100 housing units, to be built in several phases, supported by facilities and services.
Les Portes du Kochersberg Eco-District, Vendenheim
Vendenheim is a commune is some 20 min away from the city centre, which has undergone considerable expansion over the last 20 years, mainly through private housing estates. What is currently lacking in the commune is housing for young families, the elderly and low-income households, which is why a new district of some 320 housing units is being built in several phases on the western side of the village. The new area will maintain close links with the rest of the commune and the neighbouring farmland, which is a favourite walking area for locals.
Adelshoffen Eco-District, Schiltigheim
The conversion of the former Adelshoffen brewery is an opportunity for developing the centre of Schiltigheim, with new services and businesses along the route de Bischwiller. The new district will be an attractive new feature of the commune and will link up the eastern and western parts of the town, as well connecting to the populations of neighbouring Bischheim, Hœnheim and Strasbourg
Les Tanneries Eco-District, Lingolsheim
The new Tanneries Eco-District will breathe new life into an industrial sector that has lain unused for several years. The project features some 1100 homes and other premises to be constructed within apartment buildings located a stone's throw away from the thriving Parc Club des Tanneries business centre to the west, and the Ostwaldergraben river to the south, which is being restored to its natural state. The new district will have connections with the northern suburb of Montagne Verte and will have the Strasbourg/ Mulhouse railway line to the east. It will have tram and train connections taking it on the 8-minute ride to Strasbourg's railway station, and several bus lines, including one running right through the district, as well as an extensive system of cycle tracks.