The City aims at reactivating the district of Oberberg as a relevant part of the city of Eisenstadt beyond any nostalgia. How can the former richness of its urban life be addressed taking contemporary ways of urban life into consideration? The city cooperates with various private players in order to implement a sustainable urban strategy of public private partnerships. The city looks for possibilities that attract new clients and capital investments to be able to transform the abandoned structures into an attractive living quarter.
In order to concentrate potential forces the city wants to establish an urban task force that should continuously support the implementation phases of the Europan project.
In spite of its partly neglected structures Oberberg still contributes to the tourist attractiveness of Eisenstadt: the museums, the famous Bergkirche (Haydnkirche), the “Jewish Quarter”, the “Italian village” – Oberberg’s history is rich. Still in the 1970s the town was even commercially a well visited shopping area. But when the town centre shifted to the east due to the new pedestrian zone around the town hall, Oberberg was left on the western edge of the inner city. Abandoned structures still remind us of the vivid days of the district, which is now poorly animated by a nearby school, few restaurants, two homes for elderly people, a congregation centre, and the above mentioned tourist attractions. Because of its heavy traffic flow the main road influences negatively the quality of the public space. Topographically Oberberg enjoys its terraced development which provides attractive views down to the Pulka-plain as well as up to the Leitha-hills.
NEW URBAN MOBILITY
A series of measures should strengthen the local micro-net of soft-mobility pathways for pedestrians and bicycles. Already existing alternative transports systems (subsidized City Taxi) can strategically be further developed. The consideration of individual mobility and its specific range should lead to new concepts concerning facilities for everyday life (‘flying services’ for immobile or elderly people).
NEW SOCIAL LIFE
How can the spatial and programmatic insertions inspire faith in a collective communal space that generates new values for the future development of the district? Can new forms of living (e.g. cross generation living) feed the liveliness of public spaces? Can various kinds of dwellings enhance symbiotic relations between the visitors´ and locals´? How do privacy and open spaces oscillate between Nature, Village and City?
With the revitalization of the historic urban fabric a set of different ambitions will introduce an amplified understanding of ecology by using the existing structures to full capacity, considering the limits of elasticity concerning adaptations on a long term.