Unter freiem Himmel / Under the Open Sky: Emscher Landschaftspark / Emscher Landscape Park by Regionalverband Ruhr
The Emscher Landscape Park is one of the most important landscape revitalising projects that has been realised in an industrial region - eminent not only on a national but also on an international scale. With its 450 km2, the Emscher Landscape Park encompasses a significant part of the Ruhr Metropolitan Area, the European Capital of Culture RUHR.2010. What makes it unique is the variety of built projects and the expertise of the stakeholders involved including, among others, Peter Latz, Norman Foster, Joerg Schlaich, Frei Otto, Rem Koolhaas, Henri Bava, Francoise-Helene Jourda, Michel Desvigne, Richard Serra and Maria Nordman. About 30 major parks and landmarks, pits and tips, bridges and trails as well as artistic installations, all part of this comprehensive landscaping project, are presented here in essays by renowned authors and in individual project portraits.