I visited Emscher Park, in Duisberg, Germany in May of 2000. Backpacking in Europe by myself,Â I made a trip to Duisberg just to see the park.Â I think it was only a year or two old at the time. Peter Latz, the landscape architect, was teaching at PENN at the time. I was going to silkscreen t-shirts that said ” I heart Emscher Park” when I got home that summer but I never got around to it.
There are a lot of wonderful details in the park: thick industrial walls cut as doorways, garden rooms, unexpected views, and simple playscapes for kids.Â I didn’t like how tied down all the trees were but I think it is sort of a German aesthetic.
If you are interested in learning about the brownfield aspects of this project check out the EPA website: Emscher Park Case Study | Brownfields and Land Revitalization | US EPA.