URBAN POLES BASEL
Strategic planning and inner city design concept
In the current discourse regarding the guidelines for the development of inner cities a new tendency has emerged. The discovery of the polycentric and sustainable city that responds flexibly to changes in the environment. By strengthening its polycentric urban structure Basel could gain more scope for dynamic development and improve connections with neighbouring districts and the surrounding region. Central spaces will not be designed through local competitions alone, but integrated into citywide, strategic planning. For Basel this is linked to the chance to develop a choreography for an interplay of the various landscape spaces through design criteria. The precondition is to link an overarching design concept for the whole inner city area with specific local design recommendations. For the inner city landscape design concept three levels are decisive: the level of landscape typology (profiling of landscape types, their use and role in the inner city), the network level (development of the significant lines of movement including their character and function) and the level of fields of interplay (characterised by their specific spatial structure, programme and identity).