RUHR2010: The next Agropolis
In coopeartion with: 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 field condition of natural topography, build up topography, highways, local streets, train rails, water bodies and natural resources are significant for the Ruhr Area. The historical growth map visualizes the adjacencies of historical cores of the former industrial centers and the growth rings from the end of the 20th century and the state of the beginning for the 21st century. Analyzing these conditions it seems significant that the fields versus the center rings as articulated in the growth maps of London, Berlin or Barcelona has advantages related to its system´s capacity.

Existing void spaces are able articulate areas for densification, dense urban nodes adjacent to urban green spaces and water resources are allowing short distances for the daily recreation. Along side with recreation the field condition of the Ruhr Areas also potentially articulates the capacity to host systems of urban ecologies. Green spaces that are rather active for the urban agglomeration than passive: water run of zones, grey water parks and remediation sites still cleaning the inheritance of the 20th century industry. The identify of the Ruhr can be and should be found in its endogenous potentials: a poly-centric field interconnected layers that are able to articulate a socially, economically and ecologically sustainable future. City of the „Culture“ 2010 could mean to understand the term culture in the initial connotation. Culture initially translated into the agricultural understanding of cultivation. Urban agriculture more identified as the next Agropolis identifies the up-coming needs for a metabolic urbanism that is supported though invented urban eco-systems that will initiate the infrastructures of the 21st century.