300 years anniversary of the city of Karlsruhe, Germany
1715 the count Karl Wilhelm put the foundation of one of the most astonishing planned cities: the city of Karlsruhe. Designed with half of it forest, the urban forest and park are still in the middle of any events, particularly of the festival summer.
Maria Bostenaru 2015 / CC BY
The urban forest in Karlsruhe as place for events
The city of Karlsruhe celebrates in 2015 300 years since foundation.
Landscape is decisive for the city. The city was designed to be half green, half built, after the motto North (Nature) and South (Stadt, city), and this character remained maintained until the 21st century.
The forest in the north also experienced some traumatic events, such as recently the Lothar storm 1999. This affected the typical fir trees of the Black Forest mountains as well.
The south displays radial alleys of a Baroque planned city leading to the castle.
But most important is the integration between park and event, in the park taking place different performances, in particular for the anniversary. Such, a pavillion has been built behind the castle especially for this, and light projections took place all summer on the facade.
The castle garden in the front has been recently redesigned by the office AgenceTer to make more experience of the public space and a central view to the castle.
One of the features for which Karlsruhe is given as an example is the integration of the campus of the university in the park.
The original LE:NOTRE Projects were co-funded by the European Union's Socrates and Lifelong Learning Programmes.
The LE:NOTRE Institute has been established by ECLAS as foundation under Netherlands Law.