"Prospect of Spatial Development in Limmat Valley" ideas competition

Zurich, Switzerland, 2013

Compilation of competing ideas for spatial development, material solutions and suitable planning priorities relating to housing, transport, and open space

  • Client: ETH Zürich, IRL - Institut für Raum- und Landschaftsentwicklung
  • Timeframe: 2013
  • Planning Area: 9,000 ha
  • Use: Mixed-Use, Open Space
overall concept for »Prospects for Regional development in Limmat Valley«
overall concept for »Prospects for Regional development in Limmat Valley«

For the inter­national "Prospects for Regional Development in Limmat Valley" ideas competition, AS+P developed an interdisciplinary planning concept up to the year 2050 for one of Switzerland's most densely populated and dynamic areas. The concept envisages giving a clear rhythm to the strand-like settlement structure in the valley: It is intended to create a differentiated spatial structure with urban hubs by means of concentration, mixed usage, and networked infrastructures. Not the grand gesture, but rather the sum total of the individual parts will result in a clearly improved form of settlement with no greater interventions.

The main priority will be to ensure and strengthen the transport infrastructure in the valley, which is of both national and regional importance. Thanks to a balanced distribution of resources und allocation of responsibilities in the entire valley and a stronger focus on non-motorized transport the aim is to counter congestion on the lines and at the two stops, namely Zurich Main Station and Baden. Those hubs distributed through the valley with the greatest use are to be connected to one another via a local mobility axis. Given the short distances, attractive landscape and infrastructure along the route (e-bike charging stations, free WiFi) citizens and visitors are to be encouraged to walk, cycle or use e-bikes, skates, longboards or inline skates.

detailed view of the Spreitenbach development
detailed view of the Spreitenbach development
detailed view of the Schlieren development
detailed view of the Schlieren development