Technical visit 1: creation of urban value: waterfront renewal – functional extension of the Inner City to give a new core to the Regiopolis

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Regiopole Rostock is a growing and prosperous community. Rostock prepares its quantum leap: the city center of the polycentric city is to be extended. According to development studies Rostock and its catchment area serve about 550.000 inhabitants. The historic inner city center and its western outskirts have been renewed during last 28 years. To raise the Regiopolis Inner City standards the plan is to locate high-end urban functions on the river bank in such a way that the river becomes a connecting element between the different development sites. For decades, the river and its shore-line areas have been almost completely neglected and (mis)used for low urban functions, missing strong economy and clear development goals. Now there is the historic opportunity to integrate the eastern (in general of poorer urban qualities) and western parts of the city, to develop an higher Inner-City attractiveness, a step towards the future center of a northern German Regiopole in the Baltic Sea Region. Increasing the density of the urban Inner City and its surrounding does not mean “loss of green and water areas”; we will counter the evidence by extension.

 

What does the city center of the polycentric Regiopole Rostock offer in 2030?

The goal is to conceive a future oriented mix of functions in the interest of the community. Clever decisions on completing urban functions to extend the Inner City Centre (also necessary structures and procedures) are to be made in the near future; so it is not about selling space and building conventional projects to revitalize the construction and real estate industry, but sustainable increase in attractiveness through a appropriated, sensitive and balanced functional mix, as well as intelligent - the common good obliged – fitting economic and operating options.

Main axes:

  • Complex 1: pedestrian bridge
  • Complex 2: conversion of waste depot to Public Park
  • Complex 3: from the unintegrated mixed situation to an attractive urban space

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Technical visit 2: Nurturing the hidden champions of medium-sized cities, case Regiopolis Rostock

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How Regiopolis Rostock can become more successful in the competition for talents, experts, and high potential?

First steps towards a strategy: Living close to the city center and working on "high potentials with entrepreneurial affinity" fare from usual “technology center approach” and the usual middle class´ individual solutions: Constitution and settlement of a metropolitan city milieu in the Regiopole Rostock; living and working preferences of pioneers of new urban living, dwelling and working styles; functions, structures and processes, tools…

The Hanseatic city of Rostock used the years after 1989 to develop into a prosperous Regiopole. Now the situation is better than expected, but: the increasing prosperity of Rostock, cause a housing “shortage” combined with increased willingness to pay more for the same; grown popularity of the residential and business location Rostock instead of sub urb middle class settlements; as well as in favor of urbanity, changing time spirit and its new lifestyles, lead to a sustainable and differentiated demand of residential and commercial spaces, a new urban mix.

Main axes:

  • Which key elements of innovative economic ecosystems are needed in Rostock? High potentials/talents and co: how to create the critical mass for self-sustaining growth? How much lead and support is needed to trigger a self-development process for this young milieu?
  • All kinds of innovation in the regiopolis city; how do we induce social and economic innovation in connection with technological innovation? How can municipal projects contribute to momentum?
  • Emigration / immigration of potential key persons; where is the optimum? Can these coveted target groups only be tied to locations through subsidies? How should we plan and manage self-sustaining milieu development in an optimal way?
  • What analogies and differences of "social city" projects exist to innovation milieu/ecosystem projects? How should object and subject funding be organized by the city?
  • How to communicate on goals and costs of "tailor-made exclusivity" to make it on one hand attractive enough to groups above the mid social level, and on the other hand, to remain socialy inclusive without compromising the overall objective of "social cohesion in the community"? Which kind of approach seems to tackle both aims?

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Technical visit 3: reducing spatial inequalities – inclusive neighbourhoods

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It will be visited the large housing estates Dierkow (New) and Toitenwinkel with over 20,000 inhabitants in the northeast of Rostock and a city quarter - community centre. The both large housing estates in industrial concrete slab construction from 1980ies Dierkow and Toitenwinkel belong on the one hand to upgrade and social stabilization programmes. On the other hand they are not “deprived areas for its selves or slums. Both housing estates function well integrated into older and newer typical “middle class quarters”. The slab constructed housing estates offer for it selves a wide social spectrum of city society.

On June 23, 2014, more than 150 residents from the Rostock Northeast, as well as actors from politics, administration and business, as well from non-profit companies and from NGO´s participated in the 4th Future Forum at the Gymnasium, well located in the district. The aim of the forum was, to share a common opinion about the achieved progress and outstanding tasks; the last district development forum happened in 2010 without try for a new one.

Both districts are similar to two administrative districts and two town council areas. For both and the third town council area Dierkow Ost/West it was expressed at the forum, that the residents are satisfied with the development in recent years and the participation of residents. In particular, the evaluation of the results of the forum and their updating, which was carried out for the first time after the 3 local advisory councils, were positively received.

Also new was the fact, that the local citizen’s councils, in addition to the discussion results of the forum, had formulated special requests for the development of their local advisory councils, which were also included in the action plans.

Main axes:

  • Up from which level of negative impact for community development should practically social / economic / ecological spatial disparities be avoided; how, where and for whom?
  • Does Inclusion mean a mixed situation of different milieus in a confined space? If yes, which ones?
  • How should social environment be spatially organized?
  • How to offer participation and empowerment just, the take over of responsibility for own quarter’s and districts development?
  • Who should live and possibly work there in the future?
  • What level of exclusivity and level of inclusion do we want? How to bring both in a balance and how to integrate it spatial?
  • Are opposites as conflict potential recognizable / avoidable?

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Technical visit 4: Sustainable mobility - integrated public transport

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Rostock as a regiopole and a medium sized city with 210.000 inhabitants has to face typical challenges like similar cities all over Europe:

  • too much car traffic, traffic jam, traffic noise, air pollution, traffic accidents, too much space for cars instead for living (see city harbour)
  • 50.000 commuters daily (30.000 in, 20.000 out) most of them by car.

Rostock tries to solve these problems with a lot of multimodal offers: city trains, trams (6 lines) and busses (26 lines), cycling promotion, traffic calmed zones, mobility and traffic management. In preparation: bicycle highways, bicycle parking lots at main station, e-ferries, extension of tram network among other things.

Main axes:

  • Complex 1: The challenges for sustainable transport (especially public transport and active mobility) in general in medium sized cities
  • Complex 2: the chances for multimodality and city development on the example of the Rostock main station

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