Thursday, March 01, 2007

On Carrie Furnace

I am a broken record I know... but I think there are a few new people reading these days. If you saw the article about a bill proposed by our two senators that would make the Carrie Furnace site into a Steel Industry National Historic Site, you may be interested in what was done at the nearly identical Thyssen Steel plant in Duisburg Germany. Now called Landscape Park. I have some pictures here:


Blogger Ron Gaydos said...

The Emscher Valley Parks are cool, but static. Plans for Carrie Furnace are much more dynamic and interactive.

Check out the County's plan for the site.

The process in the Emscher Valley was monumental, but we'll have to stay on top of it here since development politics here are quite fragmented as compared to Germany, where the Bundeslander have more unilateral power.

Ron Gaydos

Friday, March 02, 2007 5:17:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

(hi Ron)
....and the Germans spent what must have been at least a $ billion on all the projects that were part of the IBA, something the American political psyche will never stomach. So I agree with all that and more with one exception. Not just Duisburg, but most of their reclamation projects are not really static. Landscape park has nightly light shows, a concert venue, educational/environmental projects, a hostel and even an active scuba tank made from one of the former gasometers. One of the times I have been there they were filming a tv show scene in the tank. and that is just one site among the 100+ along their Industrial Heritage trail. If the county can exceed that I will be impressed.. I will be happy if they came remotely close.

Saturday, March 03, 2007 5:55:00 AM  

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