ASRM Lab - Flussfest

date: 28 May 2014
LOLA proposed newly made flood mounts in the river Main together with a regional flood festival to deal with river floodings in Germany in a new way: from defending to celebrating. The proposal was made for ASRM Lab 2014 Region im Fluss and DAM (Deutsche Architektur Museum) in Frankfurt.

Frankfurt is growing big time. At the same time, also the natural condition of the landscape is becoming more important. The natural condition of the region Frankfurt/Wiesbaden-Mainz is the river Main. Undeniably, the river is the regional link between the two cities. And that river floods quite regularly, having all sort of effects, from social to economical. There will be more and heavier floods in the near future. In the middle of all this, there is the Maaraue, a river island situated at the end of the Main, in the middle of Mainz/Mainz-Kastel.

The goal of Flussfest! is threefold: to connect the region to the river Main, to work together as a region on dealing the floods, and to celebrate the floods being an interesting natural phenomenon.

1. The best way to deal with floods is to give the river more space to meander and to flow. Along the river Mainz there are a multitude of those available spaces. Allow the water to come in, create natural meanders. But also: use the presence of the natural river and its floods to redevelop derelict sites, from industrial to residential.

2. A possible way to deal with the floods on a city scale, is to lower terrain, and allow water to come in. This could well be a solution for the Maaruae. From bottle neck to riverside flood plain. The soil that is dug out to lower the terrain can be collected in artificial mounts. These mounts will remain functional when the Maaraure is flooded, showing a whole new type of flood proof landscape.

3. River floods are hardly ever local: they are a regional phenomenon. It would be interesting to make an effort to shift the paradigm: from defending against floods, to celebrating the floods. The flood mounts can be the regional identity carrier for this new approach to floods. Whenever a flood happens, the Flussmesser lights up and signals in the sky. From Frankfurt-Offenbach to the Airport and Wiesbaden-Mainz: Flussfest is here!
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