Flood control and new urban qualities in the historic city-centre and harbour districts

Faced with the expected effects of climate change, it has emerged that two central areas of Bremen’s historic city and harbour are not viably protected against flooding. With an ebb-and-flow height of over 4 metres, in the old town the River Weser has the largest tidal range in the German Bight, meaning that the dikes in both locations have to be rebuilt and re-designed. The project Living with the River — Living with the Weser combines the required adaptations to the dikes with an urban-planning and landscape-architecture design programme, thus exploiting the potential of the measures for integrated urban development and a rejuvenation of urban spaces. The goal is to formulate solutions that address how the flood-control infrastructures can be erected at the same time as generating urban-development and open-space qualities. Not least, the project aims to demonstrate the way in which such infrastructures can be constructively designed in the middle of a city by means of public participation.

On behalf of the city of Bremen, Urban Catalyst played a supporting role in the graphic and conceptual presentation for the 2015 call for proposals for the National Urban-Development Project (NPS). As one of the winners of the competition, Bremen received €3.3 million in order to realise the measures.


ConCEpt and graphic for the competition entry for the “Nationale Projekte des Städtebaus”

Freie Hansestadt Bremen
COMMISSIONED BY Senator für Umwelt, Bau und Verkehr // Senator für Wirtschaft, Arbeit und Häfen
PROJEcT TEAM Cordelia Polinna, Jörn Gertenbach