- The Dreispitz in Basel/ CH: New economy on old sites?    click here to open paper content91 kb
by    Fischer, Susanne | Susanne.fischer@bud.bl.ch   click here to send an email to the auther(s) of this paper
Short Outline
The planning project of Dreispitz in Basel presents a major challenge in terms of economic viability and sustainable issues. The public private partnership is based on a committment to achieve a flexible transformation of the former industrial area.
At 50,000m2, Dreispitz is currently the largest and most ambitious development project in Basel, a city with 200.000 inhabitants. Occupying a central location connected to the railway network, the site maintains its industrial character. In terms of economy does this area consists of no adequate urban qualities due to the qualities of location.

The regeneration process at Dreispitz is still in its infancy. In 2003 a public-private-partnership was set up to stimulate development of the site. A unique aspect of the new planning organisation is the fact that there is a single landowner - a locally, based charitable foundation engaged in sustainability and welfare of Basel inhabitants. This favourable circumstance ensures that the value of sustainability besides value-added is also embeded in the whole process from the outset for the benefits of Basel communities.

In order to implement a sustainable urban development on Dreispitz, the planning partners decided on a selective transformation process. Also, to minimize economic risks, the rebuilding of Dreispitz with third-sector or residential initiatives will take place as part of a broader process to ensure the continuing existence of present companies. In the future Dreispitz will emerge as a multi-sector economic space, which contains prime locations as well as residential or local low budget commercial enterprises. The general framework is set within planning control mechanisms and instruments which allow the economic process as much flexibility as possible.
Or better to qualify the space for creative economy?
organisation, public private partnership, new methods, sustainable approach
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