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Student competition on high-density construction in the small house sector


In a competition organized by the Association of German Landscape Architects (bdla) ,students from central Germanyhave developed ideas on what a development at Jenzigfuß in Jena could look like .As an example ,an area was selected that is located on Eisenberger Straße at the end of Jena in the direction of Bürgel, near the so-called Schwabenhäuser. This area is earmarked as a potential development site in the city's concept for residential areas and is also shown accordingly in the preliminary draft of the land use plan. Areas belonging to the regional allotment garden association are not affected. The work task included the creation of an urban development and open space planning concept with regard to structural, technical and social sustainability.

Concrete location without concrete ideas for implementation

The site was selected because the focus this year was on high-density construction in the small house sector, the hillside location presents a particular challenge and the city of Jena is actively planning in the residential sector. The aim of the competition is to give students a practical task to complete at a specific location. There is no specific implementation idea behind it, but the ideas should be transferable to areas of similar topography and suitability.

Exhibition in the historic town hall

The results of the competition provide the city of Jena, as well as private developers, with ideas and inspiration for future projects for small houses on slopes. The best works will be exhibited in the historic town hall from 25.03. to 05.04.2024.

A total of 19 student groups and working groups took part in the competition. The 3 winners were honored by the jury on 22.03.2024. They were particularly successful in combining urban planning themes with high-quality open space design in line with the required sustainability criteria. The competition is organized every two years by the Association of German Landscape Architects for the universities and colleges of the central German states.