A town, university and region develop a new energy and landscape strategy together

Nordhausen, Climate culture

How can we achieve climate-neutral cities?

The city of Nordhausen, together with the University of Applied Sciences in Nordhausen, is aiming to become a model for the transition to new energy sources and new ways of conserving resources. Of central concern is to reduce the consumption of energy and resources and maximise the use of renewal energy sources. Nordhausen’s new strategy for the future acts at multiple levels across the realms of architecture, mobility, production and consumption, connecting them through concrete ideas.

The early 21st century is seeing an extension of urban ways of living into peripheral, rural areas. At the same time, a new relationship between the urban and rural is emerging, shaped by new forms of energy production and the management and conservation of resources. The generation and consumption of renewal energy sources will gradually change the face of urban structures and landscapes alike.

Die Nordhäuser Zukunftszeitung präsentiert die Ideen der Bürgerwerkstätten aus der Zukunftsperspektive.

Nordhausen verfolgt eine ganzheitliche Zukunftsstrategie für das Stadtland von morgen. Grafik: Jörn Gertenbach, Urban Catalyst Studio © BMBF

Neue Stoff- und Verbrauchskreisläufe sind Gegenstand des Handlungsfeldes ‚Wertstoffwende’. Grafik: Jörn Gertenbach, Urban Catalyst Studio © BMBF

The university and the city of Nordhausen, along with further local urban and rural participants, have been investigating what forms this could take. In 2015/16, as part of a state-funded future cities programme, an intensive consultation process was initiated with numerous stakeholders in the region of Nordhausen. The result is a holistic strategy for the future with four areas of action and numerous concrete project ideas:

‘StadtLand Communication’ is one such area of action. The intention is to promote awareness among local communities and the general public of the motivation behind the conservation of resources. As a result, the first Nordhausen Futures magazine was published in May 2016.

The ‘StadtLand Mobility’ area of action aims to make public transport in the region more attractive and more effective in its use of resources with a view to covering its costs in the long term. The introduction of a public transport ticket for local citizens is also under consideration.

To establish new material and consumption lifecycles, waste material needs to be understood as a valuable resource for exploitation and recycling. The ‘Transition to Recycling’ area of action is, therefore, examining new ideas for reusing and recycling waste material.

As part of the ‘Cultural Energy Landscape’ area of action, certain quarters in the city will undergo conversion to test principles for developing climate-neutral neighbourhoods. Two locations have been selected: Nordhausen Nord, a housing estate with prefabricated residential blocks at the northern fringe of the city centre and the currently run-down Altendorfer Kirchviertel area in the centre of Nordhausen.


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Kerstin Faber
Project director
Phone +49 3643 90088-17