Parks and Gardens as Elements of Urban Development and Regional Identity



The park and garden landscape in the Ruhr is part of the region’s heritage of industrial culture. Like the impressive buildings of industrial architecture, parks and gardens reflect the history of settlement and the social and economic history of the Ruhr area.

 

 


        The Region


It’s difficult to capture “the Ruhr Area”: 5.3 million people live in the Ruhr Area. They comprise almost 30% of the population of North Rhine-Westphalia but inhabit only 13% of its surface area. Eleven urban districts and four administrative districts combine to make up the Regionalverband Ruhr (Ruhr Regional Association), a polycentric structure without any one dominant city. The east-west course of the Ruhr and Emscher rivers still determines the structure of settlement and development in the region.

 

 


        The Garden and Park Landscape of the Ruhr


The garden and park landscape of the Ruhr area is part of the region’s heritage of industrial culture. Like the impressive buildings of industrial architecture, historical gardens and parks reflect the history of settlement and the social and economic history of the area.