Ruhr Region - the Masked Metropolis? 1st Architecture Biennale Rotterdam 2003


Scientific investigation of the urban and agricultural structure of corridor Emscherschnellweg, A42.
Creation of an artistic city model and development of design measures. Presented as a Biennale exhibit contribution at the National Architecture Institute, Rotterdam.

The Ruhr region city agglomeration is greener and more agricultural than suspected. The central areas of this metropolis region show more scenic diversity and breadth than urban density. This reality is also part development program. A new urban cultural landscape developed from the transformatio of industrial remaining areas in the center of the Ruhr region. There is a large regional park due to a new river valley which originated through the re-design of sewage tunnels and canals. The park, similar to Central Park, lends the Ruhr region, which is no longer shaped by industry, a new structure and an unmistakable face. Autobahn A42 used to serve as the bridge to the large industry areas for mining and the steel industry. Today, these old industries are outstanding locations of cultural institutions in the middle of this new park. As a result, Autobahn A42, which runs parallel to the park over its entire length, can become a window to the new Ruhr region, as well as an address for industry culture, a spine for the park and river landscape, and a particular industry nature with reclamation and landmarks.


2002 to 2003


Ministerium für Städtebau und Wohnen, Kultur und Sport NRW (financial support)


Prof. Kunibert Wachten


Jörg Rekittke

Additional Partners

Universität Wuppertal, TU Berlin