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Social City Ben-Gurion-Ring

Integrated revitalization procedure in accordance with the Federal and state governments’
program “City districts with a special need for development – the Social City” (section 171e of
the German Town and Country Planning Code (BauGB))

Topic:
Urban revitalization
District: Local district:
10, 15
Size of area:
zirka 3,3 ha
Project management:

Ms. Petra Kanamüller
Telefon: +49 (0)69 212 46051
Telefax: +49 (0)69 212 30731

Ms. Ragna Körby
Telefon: +49 (0)69 212 30128
Telefax: +49 (0)69 212 30731


Project description

Reason for planning
In late 2015 the area around Ben Gurion Ring was included in the Federal and state governments’ program entitled “City districts with a special need for development – the Social City". The large 1970s housing development, an extension of the districts, was built as subsidized housing in line with the “Urbanity through Density” strategy. The concept of a self-contained estate is obvious from the isolated location between the established district Bonames, the A 661 interstate, and the commercial zone to the north. The population in the quarter is heterogeneous in structure and furthermore includes people of around 46 different nationalities. In the past, neighborhoods were unable to cope with the various cultures and different generations, not to mention the burdens caused by unemployment, debt, and problems with violence and addiction. Following on from the “Active Neighborhood” scheme conducted until 2005, the “Social City Ben Gurion Ring" will stabilize the development, which has indeed seen better days, and create a quarter it is a pleasure for its residents to live in.

Planning area
Covering a surface area of 31 hectares, the Ben Gurion Ring housing development was built in 1977 by the Neue Heimat housing association. Today, 4,066 people live in a total of 1,604 apartments, of which 330 belong to a community of private owners, 168 to the Nassauische Heimstätte housing association, and 1,078 plus, 196 student apartments to the GWH housing association. The quarter also features a row of shops plus medical practices and two office buildings. The development of land to the northeast will result in a further 340 apartments for approximately 850 new residents. Here, the Social City also aims to promote communication processes between the previous and future resident.s

Planning objectives
On the basis of the integrated approach adopted by the Federal and state governments’ Social City program, the City of Frankfurt/Main aims to preserve the Ben Gurion Ring estate and its subsidized housing. In the interest of the quarter it will upgrade the areas of greenery and open spaces, strengthen the people in the neighborhoods in social terms, promote the
local identity and intercultural integration and influence public perception of the development in a positive way.

Project progressIn 2016, in advance of the Integrated Urban Development Concept Social City Ben Gurion Ring, activating events and workshops were first held for those residents of the quarter with an interest in the matter. The “Social City Consultative Council” came together for the first time in March 2017 and has since met every six weeks. Comprising residents of the quarter and representatives of the institutions active in the area, the SCCC is engaged in all the Social City’s fields of activity and is closely involved in the participation process relating to implementation of the Integrated Urban Development Concept.
The management unit for the quarter was officially established as of July 2017. In the form of an office located centrally in the row of shops, there is now is a low-threshold drop-in Center for information and support services. The management unit for the quarter is the Consultative Council’s office and organizes its meetings, as well as on-going contact with and the
involvement of the quarter’s residents in participation events and forums.

Neighborhood offices




More informations

Social City Ben Gurion Ring Consultative Council

In the Consultative Council, 11 to a maximum of 15 local residents meet 10 people representing the institutions based in the “Bügel” district.

The Consultative Councils liaise between their local residents and those running the Social City program. They are contacts for local residents and represent their wishes before the municipal authorities and local politicians. The Consultative Councils are also familiar with current projects and pass on relevant information in the neighborhood.

Furthermore, the Consultative Councils act as advisors with regard to Social City projects: They recommend projects for inclusion in the annual applications for funding and play a role in their planning and implementation. The recommendations of the Consultative Council serve as the basis of discussion for the political bodies.
The Consultative Council is open to anyone living in Ben Gurion Ring. The involvement of local residents is important for the future development of the area! If you would like to become a voting member of the Consultative Council, you should introduce yourself at one of its meetings or contract the district management. Meetings of the Consultative Council are public and are held every six weeks at 6.30 p.m. on a Thursday evening.

Diagramm Beirat © Stadtplanungsamt Frankfurt am Main

Integrated Urban Development Concept and
Social City Consultative Council

Integriertes Städtebauliches Stadtentwicklungskonzept (ISEK) - Prozess September 2017, © Stadtplanungsamt Stadt Frankfurt am Main

As part of preparation of the Integrated Urban Development Concept (IUDC), the basis for action for the social urban renewal in Ben Gurion Ring, between March and October 2017 an extensive public participation process took place which provided all local residents with an opportunity to help shape the development objectives for the coming years.

Associated events and workshops identified the needs as well as the potential that could be developed. As experts with regard to everyday life in the quarter, the residents contribute their knowledge to the IUDC and as such help prepare tailor-made projects for the social urban renewal. In October 2017 this participation process was displayed in the district office as part of a public exhibition of the results.


Immediate measures and further planning

Sommerfest 2017, © Stadtplanungsamt Stadt Frankfurt am Main

Since 2016 there have been a summer festival and a Christmas market in the district, and these will be annual events. The opening of an attractive playground for both young and older children by the lake at the heart of the district was an additional encouraging stimulus. For 2018 there are plans for further immediate measures such as the provision of more garbage baskets and dog stations, the design of suitable areas of greenery as biodiverse “flowering fields”, the refurbishment of an outdated area for playing ball games by the youth center, and the redevelopment of a soccer pitch in the south of the district.

Participation in the Luminale 2018, the light, art, and urban design biennial, is an example of the residents’ great willingness to focus on the existing qualities of their district, and to turn around the previously negative perception of it. Further planning for 2018 includes the development of an open-space development concept for the entire district that will involve municipal as well as private open spaces and in the long term integrate the needs of the district and the potential nature has to offer. In anticipation of the open spaces that would come into question, in 2017 design plans for an interior courtyard were drawn up together with residents.