The city of Offenbach has set itself climate targets. The 2021-2026 coalition agreement of the ruling coalition states that the “establishment of open superblocks (sustainable, traffic-calmed urban neighborhood) [will be] tested on the basis of pilot projects”.

The citizens’ initiative OFBlock has already taken this as an opportunity to prepare a study on Offenbach’s Nordend to test the feasibility of such a project. In cooperation with the citizens’ initiative, a superblock concept was developed for Offenbach’s Nordend. Based on the reorganization of traffic, modal filters (structural obstacles that influence traffic) were designed, such as bollards. At the same time, design proposals were formulated and tested in virtual reality (VR) to improve the amenity quality in the outdoor space, in the streets. In addition, roadway and path markings play a major role in influencing these new forms of use. Following the seminar, the designs were tested on site, with the involvement of residents. The concepts and designs presented here will be further developed into an overall concept in a next step.

Supervised by: Prof. Dr. Kai Vöckler, Dipl. Des. Annika Storch
in cooperation with the citizen’s initiative OFBlock, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Follmann (Verkehrswesen, HS Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences) and Prof. Peter Eckart (HfG Offenbach University of Art and Design)

Design 1: Tobias Mendoza
Design 2: Lisa Bartz
Design 3: Till Eser
Design 4: Josephine Pavesi
Design 5: Lea Bernhard
Design 6: Emma Kottwitz