Germany tops the sustainability awards again

Arkadien Widdenden is an ambitious industrial regeneration project outside Stuttgart in Germany. Awarded the most sustainable neighbourhood by GreenDotAwards it still retains a village like atmosphere whilst maximising occupancy . Schools are within a ten minute walk and town centre is only a five minute walk away. Recycled products were used extensively alongside non-toxic, environmentally friendly materials.

The lake at the centre of the community, aswell as being a wildlife oasis also acts as a rainwater detention basin. Furthermore, permeable surfaces outweigh impermeable ones 2:1 thus minimising run-off. The designers, Ateleir Dreiseitl, the world’s most sustainable landscape architecture practice outdone themselves by unifying a previously wounded society who were still recovering from the shock of a school shooting in 2009.

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