The WECHSEL research project uses the example of the Neckar valley in Stuttgart to address the transformation of industrial riverside areas into sustainable urban living environments. This is a pilot project for Stuttgart – for the first time, interdisciplinary competences are being bundled in order to offer high-quality suggestions for Stuttgart as a river city, which is currently also relevant for the Stuttgart region.
Against the background of the sustainable further development of technical infrastructure the project thus develops facilities along the Neckar as a contribution to the energy transition . From a planning perspective, the aim of the research project is to collaborate with Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart, energy suppliers, distribution system operators and other infrastructure providers to ensure the early development of perspectives and strategies to shape the future of this transformation.
The research project works out a realistic estimation of the energy potentials of the Neckar river and develops land use scenarios for an urban and landscape development along the Neckar. The process continuously involves individuals from civil society, affected citizens, stakeholders and cross-regional experts. This results in a flow of ideas, experience and regional as well as cross-regional expertise that ensure the scalability of the project whilst benefiting from the experience of similar projects.