Press Release:New planning area Franckviertel - Gölsdorfer Quartier

Martina Magnet

by Martina Magnet

The "Franck4tel - Gölsdorfer Quartier" project in Linz's Franckviertel district is taking shape: Just in time for the start of the cooperative planning process, the planning team around the architectural firm Kleboth and Dollnig has now been determined. Out of 15 architectural and urban planning designs submitted, the concepts of Max Rieder / Salzburg, Michael Strobl / Salzburg and Alleswirdgut / Vienna were selected as those promising the highest development potential due to their inspiring urban planning ideas.

For the open space planning, Carla Lo's considerations convinced the steering group due to the forward-looking green network.

After the workshops, informational meetings for residents and abutters will be held on June 26, 2023, July 24, 2023, and September 29, 2023, at the Franckviertel Volkshaus.

"We want to set an urban development exclamation mark in this up-and-coming and livable district," says Planning City Councilor Dietmar Prammer, describing the motto for the former ÖBB housing estate, located between Ginzkeystrasse and Füchselstrasse in Franckviertel. In order to achieve this goal in the best possible way, planning is carried out in a cooperative closed-door process. Project management as well as process control is carried out by the architectural office Kleboth und Dollnig ZT GmbH.

Three essential experts for urban planning and one expert for open space planning complement the team. These were now selected on June 5 from 15 submitted designs. "For complex urban planning tasks, a cooperative planning and development process offers ideal conditions for involving the population and creating livable urban spaces for everyone," says Linz architect Andreas Kleboth, who is pleased that cooperative processes are also becoming increasingly popular in Linz.

Together to the goal

Three workshops will be held at three-week intervals. At the end of the process, the final urban planning report is available. This does not affect the actual object planning and all legal and official steps. This will be done in a later phase.

Cooperative planning processes rely - as the name suggests - on cooperation, transparency, and togetherness. Together with the architects Kleboth und Dollnig, interdisciplinary experts for utilization concepts, recycling management, mobility, climate, and noise protection as well as the project developers, the four planners develop the framework for urban development and landscape planning. "This brings with it the advantage that planning is optimally coordinated at the design stage and at eye level with all parties involved," the two managing directors of GWG Linz, Nikolaus Stadler, and Wolfgang Steiger, see a major benefit for the project.

"Ideas, wishes, experiences, and needs are thus incorporated into the project from the outset," Erwin Größ of Strabag Real Estate and Michael Baert of IFA - as the two other owner representatives besides GWG - also recognized as a key advantage in this process. This permanent exchange process between all parties involved, with the involvement of the City of Linz's experts for urban planning, creates a maximum solution competence and a high degree of planning security.

Project planning with a view beyond the horizon

"Linz is one of the most dynamic medium-sized cities in Europe. However, this also means that the city faces major urban planning challenges - from the necessary conversion to climate neutrality to the development of "smart cities," explains architect Andreas Kleboth. The planned project development in Franckstrasse is intended to take account of precisely this urban development and intellectual departure, and furthermore to advance to become the flagship project of the city of Linz. Finally, the Franckviertel was selected by the city of Linz as a model neighborhood for the "Public-Public Cooperation Climate-Neutral City" tendered by the Federal Ministry for Climate Protection.

"The goal with this project is not only to make the most of the buildability of the site but also to push the potential of this new use to enhance the surrounding urban area. Accordingly, we consciously think detached from the individual project. Ultimately, all residents of the Franckviertel will benefit from the additional everyday and leisure activities that can be used by the public and the good social mix that will be created by the diverse, high-quality, and at the same time affordable apartments," says Kleboth, describing the intention of the project.

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