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Landscape Park Duisburg

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 Europe in terms of its multi-faceted combination of uses. Since it opened in1994 the Landscape Park Duisburg Nord 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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Additional Photos by Janos Sofalvi (joso) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 754 W: 206 N: 378] (2417)
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