Introduction

Introduction on reference cases

Reference cases are presented in an Implementation Lab to exchange knowledge that could bear relevance to a study case that was subject of an intervision workshop.
The reference cases provided input for the brainstorm sessions to broaden the perspectives of the participants and to deliver new approaches or spatial concepts that could be useful to help “solve” the problem statement of the study case. Reference cases can be found via the year table or via entering key words in the search field in the left column of the reference case web page. 

Reference cases

Vestbanen, today a car park, is an old railway station located by the City Hall Square. Stalsbygg is developing a project with urban spaces, a public library, an art museum and a subterranean cinema and conference centre. Along with shops, offices and housing, the project will recreate Vestbanen as a meeting place in Oslo. The old
station building has already been transformed to the Nobel Peace Centre. In 2002 a project competition was held, and the jury acclaimed the Dutch Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) as winner. The jury points out how the project linls the...

The project Beauregard is an Interreg IIIa project France-Wallonia-Flanders, based on the trans-boundary territory of the valley of the Sambre river. The aim is a concerted valorisation of the urban centers :
- 'valorisation' because the objective is to show the positive aspects of the environment and to perform the actual situation
- 'concerted' because different actors are involved : inhabitants, technicians and the elect
- 'urban centers' because they are considered like an heritage suitable for a sustainable development of the territory...

Fornebu was Oslos main airport until 1998. The refurbishment of the 340 hectare former airport site some 10 km outside the city centre includes new housing, businesses, recreation and conservation projects. Fornebu is a peninsula in the Oslo Fjord with rich variety of flora and fauna, and long undisturbed shorelines. Fornebu is planned to host 6.000 dwellings and 20.000 employees by 2015.
Before contruction works an Environmental Program was produced, covering the areas of; transportation; energy supply and consumption; building materials, waste and mass management; natural and...

The planning & redeveloptment process In 1998 eight development companies interested in rebuilding this 6.3-hectare site neighbourhood nor its administration would allow the erection of simple tenement buildings. Only an adequate and fully compatible alternative to the factory would be acceptable. Accordingly, the primary redevelopment goal remains the creation of a new neighbourhood quarter that contains a balanced mix of residences, employment and recreational potential. Redevelopment of this site remains a unique opportunity to create a new and improved image for the district.

Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic (HCCZ) is a national association of active cities, towns and regions in the Czech Republic that are implementing the WHO Healthy Cities Project, an international initiative under the auspices of the World Health Organization (WHO). 
HCCZ supports the member cities and their local HCP partners in their efforts to obtain subsidies, and helps obtain funds for the activities outlined in the City Health Development Plans. Since 2001, the Association has been issuing supporting statements on individual grant applications of the cities, and arranging for...

Conversion of a closed industrial area to an open part of the centre of the neighbourhood Valby, part of Copenhagen. Reuse of old buildings with preservation qualities in combination with demolition and new buildings. Establishing functions needed in the neighbourhood (retail, new residential area, local amendment and recreation, squares etc. - 70.000 sq meters floor space + open space) Binding different parts of the neighbourhood together Ensuring architecture quality.



The project in cooperation between the land owners, the new developer, the municipality, the local citizens...

In 1998 the construction of the new Hungarian National Theatre began in the Erzsébet (Elisabeth) square. One year later, after the elections, the new government brought a stop to the construction for mostly political reasons. It was the time when people started to mention the deep but empty concrete basement as the „National Pit”.
Great amount of material and work was invested into the building, so for finding the solution applications were invited for landscaping the spot. The winner team has planned a public park with underground parking garage, shops,...

The “Diemerzeedijk” is a dike between Amsterdam and Muiden. It is made to protect the land against the sea (the “Zuiderzee”). In 1932 the Zuiderzee was cut off from the North Sea and became the largest fresh water lake of the Netherlands (the “IJsselmeer”). In the sixties and seventies, the dike was used for dirt combustion and along the dike, waste was deposed. In 1983 the refuse dump was closed

In 1998 the clean-up of the refuse dump started. It was ended in 2001. The polluted area is isolated by 26 m. deep screens, that rest on a clay layer...


The area of the Lene-Voigt-Park covering arround 11 ha is integrated in the project “Eilenburger Bahnhof”, which stretches on a length of 2 km from the city centre to the eastern outskirts of Leipzig. The project was planned to be developed as a green finger within the densely populated eastern part of the city, which is characterised by Gründerzeit style residential areas and a deficiency of public green spaces. The site had been used by the railway until 1970. Key issues of the project were the enhancement of social and ecological aspects to improve the quality of...

Due to the privatisation of the DB (German Railway Ass.) in the middle of the 1990ies, container and goods stations were relocated to the city`s fringe. As a result about 173 hectares between the Central Station and Pasing, a westerly district of Munich, became available for planning.Therefore the opportunity has been given to the City of Munich to restructure these areas and to implement the new built structures future-oriented into the exisiting urban fabric. The public green and leisure areas, allocated to the residential areas in each case on a decentralised basis and the...