Vauban: District of the 21st century


District Vauban in Freiburg, Germany
Source: ADEUPa Brest

A barracks as a forerunner in terms of urban development and sustainable living? What sounds like a mismatch is today the home of more than 5,000 citizens of Freiburg, Germany in a district called Vauban.

When the French troops left after the Cold War in the beginning of the 1990s the city of Freiburg saw a great opportunity to meet the rising demand for housing space and decided to develop a new district in this area.

Extended civic participation – giving power to the people

With this urban development aspiration of the municipal government, some citizens felt that the time had come to implement their dream of a livable and eco-just district. For this purpose they founded the association Forum Vauban in 1994.

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January 14, 2014   Comments Off on Vauban: District of the 21st century