Boundary Conditions

The Dichterviertel in Ulm is spatially disconnected from its surrounding districts by public streets and the river ‘Kleine Blau’. To ensure the smooth transformation of the district, to an urban residential and working quarter it is necessary to allow for an undefined development period in which living and use concepts can change. Accordingly, the urban design aims towards:

  •  improving the connection with the surrounding districts
  •  creating / shaping unique and identifiable urban spaces
  • reducing the emissions of the surrounding public streets
  •  and simultaneously, keeping the development constraint of the development sites as small as possible

A central public amenity space connects the city centre axis with the existing infrastructure of the district. From here two connections lead to the adjacent Glacispark. Simultaneously, the public amenity space opens towards the river ‚Kleine Blau’. The bank terraces, which are arranged on both sides of the river, improve the accessibility to the stream. A pedestrian bridge connects the district to the southern adjoining Schillerstraße. Thereby the Schillerstraße will be continued as the existing backbone of the Dichtervierel throughout the northern quarter

The urban design of the Dichterviertel proposes four different urban spaces, where each of them will have their own unique character:

  • city centre axis,
  • public amenity space,
  • banks alongside the river ‚Kleine Blau’a
  • and the Glacispark

In reference to the district they form landmarks, ease the orientation and propose varied forms of uses.


Fläche ca. 24 ha

Ulrike Böhm, Cyrus Zahiri, Katja Benfer, Ann-Kristin Haeger, Lidia Beltran Carlos, Kerstin Paul, Anna Vogels, Tim Wildner, Martin Gebhardt, Gabriela Wallbraun, Laura Strandt