PHVision – Development Patrick-Henry-Village

Many former US military sites in Germany offer great development potential for communities. However they also pose many challenges. The International Architecture Exhibition (IBA) Heidelberg wants to demonstrate possible solutions for these areas regarding subsequent use. Their urban laboratory: the former Patrick Henry Village (PHV) in Heidelberg with formerly 8,000 inhabitants. The IBA is planning to develop a knowledge city of tomorrow.


Patrick-Henry-Village is a challenging task for urban planners: At around 100 hectares, the area is almost as large as Heidelberg’s historic old town and larger than the other US conversion areas. The remoteness of PHV requires intelligent future concepts in terms of mobility, urban development and open space development. Isolated in its location, there are no obvious uses. Given these challenging circumstances, there is a demand for careful further planning. For this purpose, IBA Heidelberg was working with five internationally renowned urban planning offices.


IBA designed a one year multilayered process, in which international urban planning offices drew up utopic scenarios around the IBA themes science and economics, networks and infrastructure, knowledge spaces and housing, urban metabolism and landscape together with local experts and citizens. These scenarios were brought together to one coherent development vision for the area.
Process Overview


The goal is to work out a development vision together with Heidelberg urban society, PHV neighbors and globally renowned urban planning offices in terms of the “knowledge city of tomorrow” based on the different thematic scenarios. The development vision should promote the decision-making capabilities of the city and urban society for the future of this challenging area.


KCAP Architects&Planners drew up the development vision, merging aspects from the visionary scenarios of the urban planning offices MVRDV (NL), Carlo Ratti Associati (IT), ASTOC (GER), Ramboll Liveable Cities Lab (GER) und University of Brighton (UK).
Detailed Results

Key data

  • Location

    Patrick Henry Village Heidelberg

  • Project organizer

    Moritz Bellers
    Project organizer
    IBA Heidelberg GmbH