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Concept 4

Neustadt Rethought

As a result of the preliminary stocktaking, several problems for Neustadt became apparent. One was the very heterogeneous distribution of uses in the urban area. On the other hand, the limited east-west connection, especially against the background of this distribution of uses, proved to be problematic for commuter and everyday traffic.

In response to these problems, this concept aims to decentralise and mix the use structure of the entire city. In order to avoid the creation of new service locations, existing locations were classified according to four different functions: Local supply places, green spaces, social meeting places and places with a mobility function. In a second step, areas in Neustadt where no existing supply locations could be identified were examined.


The 15-minute concept is an approach that has so far been used mainly in large cities, which have a larger total area than small towns like Neustadt.

How can this concept be applied to Neustadt, which can already be covered by bicycle in 15 minutes?

This question gave rise to the concept of the 5-minute city. As in the 15-minute city, the aim is to reach important everyday stations as quickly as possible and in an environmentally friendly way. To achieve this, radii of 300 m are evenly distributed throughout the city, which people of all ages can cover on foot in just five minutes instead of 15, and each of which contains all five of the following fields of action:

Mobility, Meeting, Supply, Open Space, Work.

Central Idea

The next step was to develop a strategy for Neustadt that builds on and complements existing strengths. Through small interventions, the city will be upgraded and the quality of life improved.

The two most important building blocks are the '5-minute zones' and the 'focus areas'. This is where the different areas of action come together. The centres are the places where everything is concentrated. They are not only places of supply, but also meeting places and places of community. Focus areas, on the other hand, are specialised urban spaces that are strengthened in their core quality. For example, an existing meadow is developed into a high-quality open space. Measures from other fields of action play a subordinate role here, but also have a claim to complete the offer.


It is important for the district of Pelzerhaken to expand and develop existing facilities. The concept for the Deepensoll area includes a day-care centre, a home for the elderly, a courtyard café and a co-working space as its main components. The remaining open space will serve as an exhibition area, adventure playground and can be used as desired. By connecting to a bicycle expressway, all five action areas of the 5-minute city are implemented here.

The show field is used to run the farm café, provides a better understanding of agriculture and acts as a meeting place for senior citizens and day-care children from neighbouring institutions. The produce is processed and sold in the farm café. The surrounding area is free for people to design and use as they wish. Ultimately, the concept aims to promote community and closeness to nature in order to become a place of encounter and togetherness.


Victoria Boy, Friederike Meyer, Ann-Kathrin Belau, Adrian Kruse, Philipp Knoche, Gustav Lehstmann

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