Introduction

From an idea to Landscape Park

Grey iron and rusting steel are often our first associations when we think of a disused ironworks. The whole idea of the Landscape Park Duisburg Nord shows that a so-called brownfield site can elevate itself far beyond these prejudices. And to start with the park wasn’t very much more than just an idea. Born out of a citizens’ action group, protesting against the demolition of the old Duisburg Meiderich Ironworks, and the projects of the International Building Exhibition Emscher Park, the idea then had to prove itself.

Over a period of more than ten years, a culture, nature and leisure park has been created around the old ironworks which is unique in terms of its multi-faceted combination of uses. Walking, cycling, playing, letting off steam, enjoying the view from Blast Furnace 5 and relaxing in the beer garden or restaurant are just a few of the many possibilities a visit provides. And at night Jonathan Park’s light installation shines over the houses of the city - a Duisburg landmark visible from a distance.

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Grey iron and rusting steel are often our first associations when we think of a closed iron and steel works. The whole idea of the Duisburg North Landscape Park shows that a so-called brownfield site can elevate itself far beyond these prejudices. And to start with the park wasn’t very much more than just an idea. Born out of a citizens’ action group, protesting against the demolition of the old Duisburg Meiderich iron and steel works, and the projects of the International Building Exhibition Emscher Park, the idea then had to prove itself.

Around the old iron and steel works over a period of more than ten years, a culture, nature and leisure park arose which is unique in Europe in terms of its multi-faceted combination of uses. Since it opened in1994 the Duisburg North Landscape Park has been enlivened by the divers in the gasometer, the climbers in the ore bins and a great variety of events in and around the old factory buildings. Walking, cycling, playing, letting off steam, enjoying the view from blast furnace 5 and relaxing in the beer garden or restaurant are just a few of the many possibilities a visit provides. And at night Jonathan Park’s light installation shines over the houses of the city - a Duisburg landmark visible from a distance.

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