Marie Hildebrandt, Mathias Mauererlechner, Jan Ole Rolfes

The concept attempts to bring various different players closer together, with the idea being a melding of the various interests, needs and expectations at developed contact points. In close proximity to the city, large fields are transformed into smaller plots that allow for differentiation in function, spatial format and atmospheric effect. On the one hand, the agriculture can be brought right up close to the city in order to create even stronger spatial and functional ties between the city and its outdoor spaces, whilst on the other hand spaces for urban farming, allotment gardens and rented small spaces offer the opportunity for city-dwellers to realize their own ideas for rural living. The predominant field structure is preserved, but is more strongly differentiated in order to establish various, not only agricultural uses, which gives visitors opportunities for independent exploration and design of their environment.
New knowledge and change processes are set in motion: In connection with the research locations the farmers gain insights into modern technologies. Highlighting agricultural processes and making them visible by means of educational establishments as well as personal experiences in social gardening projects means commercial agriculture gains greater acceptance among consumers.

The agricultural park should thus live up to its role as an interface and point of contact between agriculture and city and the actors involved, and should offer added value not only to the adjoining districts, but for Heidelberg as a whole. This offers potential as a new tourist attraction in the sense of careful and low-impact tourism that sets an example for living with modern, sustainable agriculture in the cultural landscape of Heidelberg.