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Heidelberg and its Bahnstadt - International Hotspot für Science and Research

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Projects & planning

Urban planning and development in action

Heidelberg is growing. The city’s new Bahnstadt is rapidly taking shape. This modern, centrally located urban district has the world’s largest concentration of passive housing and is proving a popular place to live and work. In addition to offices and commercial areas, homes for some 5,000 people are being created – and 7,000 jobs as well.

Heidelberg is developing. The huge potential of this university city is demonstrated by the Heidelberg International Building Exhibition. Since 2012, various locations around the city have highlighted creative possibilities and model solutions for the city of tomorrow – acting as a laboratory for urban development in a knowledge-based society. Spatial development as well as the social, economic and environmentally sustainable development of Heidelberg are determined in the Urban Development Plan of Heidelberg 2015 (2.89 MB). It states the top priorities of urban politics.

Heidelberg is planning. Development of military brownfield sites is another important project as the city prepares for the future. The US Army closed its bases in the city in 2014, releasing some 0.8 square miles of land for development. In close collaboration with Heidelberg’s inhabitants and various players in the surrounding region, the City Council and administration are currently considering the best options. Systematic and early public information and participation are an essential part in all steps of urban development. 

Heidelberg is taking action – particularly for families. The city is already a national leader in terms of infant care facilities to ensure the compatibility of family and career. The family campaign is investing in improved care and advisory provisions, as well as supporting programs for first-time house buyers and school upgrades.

Heidelberg is protecting the environment. The city is currently one of 19 model local authorities in Germany taking part in the 100% Climate Protection Master Plan launched by the Federal Environment Ministry with the aim of achieving carbon-neutrality by 2050.