RUHR2010: The next Agropolis
In coopeartion with:A�TU Dortmund Prof. Christa Reicher URBANlab Mona El Khafif, Leah. Marthinson, Noah Greer, Mike Reilly
The inexistence of hierarchy having no center and defining a fieldA�condition of natural topography, build up topography, highways,A�local streets, train rails, water bodies and natural resources areA�significant for the Ruhr Area. The historical growth map visualizes the adjacencies of historicalA�cores of the former industrial centers and the growth rings fromA�the end of the 20th century and the state of the beginning for theA�21st century. Analyzing these conditions it seems significant that the fields versusA�the center rings as articulated in the growth maps of London,A�Berlin or Barcelona has advantages related to its systemA?s capacity.
Existing void spaces are able articulate areas for densification, denseA�urban nodes adjacent to urban green spaces and water resources are allowing short distances for the daily recreation. Along sideA�with recreation the field condition of the Ruhr Areas also potentiallyA�articulates the capacity to host systems of urban ecologies. GreenA�spaces that are rather active for the urban agglomeration thanA�passive: water run of zones, grey water parks and remediationA�sites still cleaning the inheritance of the 20th century industry. The identify of the Ruhr can be and should be found in its endogenousA�potentials: a poly-centric field interconnected layers that are ableA�to articulate a socially, economically and ecologically sustainableA�future. City of the a�zCulturea�? 2010 could mean to understand theA�term culture in the initial connotation. Culture initially translatedA�into the agricultural understanding of cultivation. Urban agricultureA�more identified as the next Agropolis identifies the up-comingA�needs for a metabolic urbanism that is supported though inventedA�urban eco-systems that will initiate the infrastructures of the 21stA�century.