“Networks and Infrastructure”

Carlo Ratti (MIT) started working on a future scenario for Heidelberg’s Patrick Henry Village

On Thursday June 30, 2016, Carlo Ratti and his team from Turin started developping a possible future scenario for the former US Army facility, the Patrick Henry Village (PHV), in Heidelberg, centered around the theme of “Networks and Infrastructure”. Carlo Ratti’s presentation of previous work in the Chapel in Heidelberg’s Südstadt attracted around 120 interested listeners and formed the public debut of his activity in Heidelberg.

A workshop group of more than thirty participants from all over Germany gathered in Heidelberg on June 30, 2016, to work with Carlo Ratti and Project Manager Emma Greer in developing initial ideas for the PHV. These are supposed to serve as a basis and as inspiration for Ratti’s future scenario. After a joint tour of the PHV on June 30 work began on July 1 with the Design Thinking workshop in Heidelberg’s Tankturm, hosted by the team from SAP AppHaus.

Those attending included local and national experts from the fields of administration, urban planning and architecture, as well as interested citizens drawn in a ballot in advance of the workshop. Participants also included Jürgen Odszuck, Heidelberg’s new City Councilor for Building and Construction as of September 2016, Alexander Thewalt, Head of the Transport Management Authority, Hartmut H. Topp, professor at the Institute for Mobility and Transport at Kaiserslautern University of Technology, Alexander Rieck, smart-city expert at the Fraunhofer Institute in Stuttgart and Wilhelm Klauser, architect at initialdesign Berlin. Kees Christaanse from KCAP Architects & Planners in Rotterdam, who is responsible for the entire development vision of the PHV, was also there to offer his ideas.

The participants worked in three groups on the topic of digital networking, urban connectivity and transport for the PHV. At the end of the workshop day, initial ideas from the three groups were presented: An urban laboratory in which planning law was relaxed, a car-free district with digital mobility concepts, or a district with resource-saving construction and a close, digital network with the surrounding agricultural areas were some of the key ideas developed. Carlo Ratti and Project Manager Emma Greer had six weeks to draft their scenario using the various impulses. They will present their scenario at the second citizens’ forum for Patrick Henry Village at Heidelberg’s Dezernat 16 on September 23, 2016.

Planning phase zero at the Patrick Henry Village is the biggest urban development project of the IBA Heidelberg since April 2016.