LED2LEAP 2021 - Nürtingen Team 3

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Area Neckar river borders between Nekarstraße and Metzinger street in the center region of Nürtingen.
Place Nürtingen
Country Germany
Topics Landscape democracy, Community Mapping, Social integration, Sustainability issues, Facilities for locals
Author(s) Ali ALBANNA, Arbil Nasr ALKUBATI, Ahmed ESSOUNNI, Moussa OUARHIM, Shabnaz TABASSUM
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Landscape Democracy Rationale

  • Nürtingen is a town in the district of Esslingen in the German state of Baden-Württemberg.
  • The area we sought as an important project site is the central part of the city of Nürtingen. The main reason is because this part is where many families assemble to have fun. Also the area is characterised by the existance of urban settlements, a small forest, urban garden, some commercial areas, historical artefacts and a beer garden on the north side of the river.

Location and Scope

  • The area we worked on is:
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Phase A: Mapping Your Community

Welcome to Your Community and Their Landscape

  • The community in discussion offers lots of green artefacts like the forest and small recreational landscapes in addition to the Neckar and Steinach rivers. In addition to that, we noticed some irregularities like: No direct connection to the bridge, less seating place in the park Near the riverbank, there is an unutilized landscape, the river embankment is not well developed.

Groups of Actors and Stakeholders in Your Community

  • As for actors and stakeholders, we have: CITY PLANNERS; City Municipality; NGO; Students; Neighborhood People; Corona Virus; People from other Neighborhoods.

Relationships Between Your Actors and Groups

  • As for relationship between the actors we have represented that in a map. in which we have simplified the interaction between these actors from the most important interactive actors to the less ones. So from the center to the outer layer.

Theory Reflection

  • The reading part of "Council of Europe Landscape Convention Contribution to human rights, democracy and  sustainable development": Participatory process needs funding due to the continuity of its process. It also includes a wide public in the process.
  • The reading part of "Landscape culture, culturing landscape" is well explained in the second map 2.
  • The reading part of "The European Landscape Convention (Florence, 2000)" is well explained in the second map 3.


  • European Landscape Convention (Florence, 2000).
  • Landscape Culture - Culturing Landscapes (Kühne, Bruns et al, 2015).
  • Landscape Convention Contribution to human rights, democracy and sustainable development(Council of Europe, 2018).

Phase B: Democratic Landscape Analysis and Assessment

Ahmed Essounni and Abhishek Vekariya and Tiffany Liu Correspondence

Shabnaz Tabassum and Mai Laila Correspondence

Your Name and Partner's Name Correspondence

Arbil Al-Kubati and Ali Elbanna Correspondence

Your Name and Partner's Name Correspondence

Phase C: Collaborative Visioning and Goal Setting

The Scene in Your Story of Visioning

We chose the central part of Nürtingen, which is the city's historical site. It is close to the Neckar River. Residential settlements are the ones that are more visible on this site. There are also schools, an urban garden, sports facilities, and a few retail stores, and the community is linked to the main road. The main issue with this community is that it is not well connected to the Neckar River. The challenges depicted in the figure below describe the problems of this selected.

The Actors in Your Story of Visioning

  • The actors of this community are elder people, young people, kids, municipality, local authorities, and the migrant's people, who are the user of this selected landscape.

The Story of Visioning

Our goal will be to "save the snowman." We all know that snow makes us happy, and people get together to build a snowman. In this case, we use the metaphor of a snowman to connect with the community. Building snowmen bring people around each other. And, as a result of climate change, this snowman is no longer visible. Because of the less accessibility, the community is separated from the landscape facilities at the site we have chosen. Our plan is to improve landscape connectivity and connect it to the community. For this, we considered increasing green space and establishing pocket parks. Seating areas near the river, as well as bike path connectivity throughout the Neckar. We would like to connect with the community and involve them throughout this process to save the snowman.

Reflect on Your Story of Visioning

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Phase D: Collaborative Design, Transformation and Planning

Your Prototyping Action

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The Evolution of Your Prototyping Action

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The Plan Behind Your Prototyping Action

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The Realization of Your Prototyping Action

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Reflect on Your Prototyping Action

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Phase E: Collaborative Evaluation and Future Agendas

Collaborative Evaluation and Landscape Democracy Reflection

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The Actors in your Collaborative Evaluation

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Reflection on the Online Seminar

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Reflection on the Living Lab Process

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Your Living Lab Code of Conduct

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Process Reflection

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