Agricultural Park

Urban Metabolism


Agricultural landscape between Bahnstadt, Pfaffengrund, Kirchheim and Eppelheim including the conversion area Airfield


MLA Dirk Wascher, Wageningen
Prof. Antje Stokman, Hamburg
Katrin Bohn, Berlin/ London (beratend)

Project Partner

Initiative for an agricultural


Contact Person

Moritz Bellers


City - Land - Knowledge

A cooperative network is establishing an agricultural park south of Heidelberg. Food production, recreation and nature conservation are to be combined there so that the landscape can be experienced as a place of education.

»The Heidelberg Agricultural Park is an open Space and an educational project of a completely new type. It contributes at several levels to the profiling of IBA's knowledge-based urbanism.«

IBA advisory board

How can urban metabolism be made more regional? This is the question at stake, including the production processes of high-quality food. Another topic is how productive agriculture and local recreation can co-exist without conflict. The agricultural landscape is located as a green area including the Airfield conversion area between the Bahnstadt, Kirchheim, Pfaffengrund and Eppelheim and was developed within the framework of an EU directive as particularly worthy for funding.

The area forms a fresh air corridor for the entire city. It offers a wealth of sensory or learning impressions and is thus becoming an alternative place of learning with nature trails, green classrooms, educational horticulture, leased plots for vegetable and fruit cultivation for self-supply and others. Other players complement the existing agriculture. Through the IBA, various universities studied this park typology and developed ideas and concepts for its transformation. Furthermore, a network of farmers, residents, educational and research institutions was established, and agreed upon collaboration. The first concrete steps can be financed from 2018 – 2020 with the promise of a joint EU application from the Heidelberg University of Education, the State Institute of Education and Research for Horticulture (LVG) and the IBA.


February 2014


July 2014

Diploma Thesis of KIT Karlsruhe

January 2016

Kick-Off Stakeholder Network

December 2016


January 2018

Principal study

April 2019

Municipal Council approves a review and planning order