WAVE Team 1 Nuertingen 2021

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  • The focussed area of the Nuertingen Region is widely connected to the Steinach River, it is a tributary of the Neckar River.
  • Steinach almost starts from the central Nuertingen and ends up near Neuffen. As it is the major water area of the region thus it adds more cultural and historical values to the region.
  • While studying this area, we analyzed that people have lost interest in this River over time.
  • Major landscape challenges such connectivity of human-water, biodiversity, aquatic life, etc.

Location and scope

  • The Area of study is Nuertingen represented with the maps below.

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Water as a natural system

Geomorphology, typologies and dynamics of water areas

  • In our study area we found that Steinach is almost 2.6KM in length, whereas the overall length of the River is 13KM
  • As the water progresses it changes the geography and topography of the areas, in our case, it flows from the North to South and changes the width of its course at several places. Wetland, river, are the common water areas
  • We found 2 catchment area and one wetland, tributaries of Steinach River are such as Kummbach River, Ghaibach River and etc.
  • Floods are one of Nürtingen's most significant issues. Areas, where there is a chance of flooding every hundred years, are designated as"flood areas," to which additional laws apply, according to the Baden-Württemberg Water Resources Act.
  • Floods are sometimes to be expected twice a year in Steinach River, building measures are in place to take care of the floods. As however, The Neckar River, particularly had floods that occurred in 1824, 1926, 1978, 1990, and 2013. The historic flood wave that swept across the Neckar in October 1824 was the greatest flood the river had ever seen.

Water as a living space

  • On the left side of the Steinach lies the Industrial land and Residential on the other
  • Water Quality depletes in most of the part in the focussed region
  • The Natural Areas are almost very less and the area is almost completely urbanized except the forest and agriculture cover
  • The River Structure was changed over the course of time and some man made slopes were created into the river due to which aquatic life has been impacted on a very large scale

Blue and Green Infrastructure

  • Climate change adaptation/mitigation, Water management, Biodiversity, Local characteristics are the potential elements of green/blue infrastructure network. Climate change will likely be heading with a steady increase and also other factors will be directly affected. Basically due to numerous construction along the river and river structure affects both biodiversity and aquatic life

Water as a cultural space

Land use and water

  • The Land Use of the place changed as the population rose and demand of industries increased and also the settlements
  • The focussed region is almost 70% already urbanized with industries, residential dwellings, thus the rest of the land falls under the protected land or he green cover. The landuse has been utilized to its complete potential and doesn't need to change in near future

Cultural and spatial typologies of water areas

  • Along the Steinach River there are lots of spaces which are formed with very dense natural wild vegetation for better biodiversity and also very few open spaces with very less area
  • Steinach was beautiful when it was in its natural state but after the construction of the Dam, some slopes were created in the river which impacted the Aquatic life.

Sacred spaces and heritage

  • Which places/elements hold cultural value and to whom?
  • You may add a map and some images, please also explain in your caption why these elements are valuable

Visual appearance and landscape narrative

  • Which elements are essential for the landscape character?
  • Has the landscape been painted or otherwise depicted, when and whom? Which elements are essential?
  • Which narratives exist? Who has written about this landscape or depicted it in some way?
  • You can add text and images

Water and People

Accessibility and usability

  • Where are your water areas accessible, and where not? How strong are spatial obstacles preventing access?
  • Who is using the spaces and how?

Community Mapping

What is to be mapped here?

  • Social groups from within the community, for example the youth, kids, students, parents, the retired etc. Typically, these groups have specific needs, which you can also make explicit on the map. These people might not be organized in any way, but they are usually present in the context you are observing
  • Local stakeholder groups: these groups are organized in one or the other way. They only exist within the community context you are observing. For example: the local community center, local churches, local interest groups, the landowners, small businesses and retailers
  • External stakeholder groups are not necessarily present in the environment you are observing, but they may have strong stakes and interests. These can be local authorities, politicians, associations, care services etc.
  • For each group, you may identify their needs, objectives, power and capacities
  • You may also identify gaps and power conflicts
  • Please try to redepict these elements in an integrated way and in relation to your water landscape. What is the relationship between these groups? Are they close or distanced from each other? Who is more powerful? Which voices are hardly heard? Do they have any shared concerns?

Possible Futures

  • You can summarize your findings with a SWOT diagram and a DPSI(R) Model
  • Link back to the Sustainable Development Goals: Which goals are at risk?
  • What is your worst case scenario for this landscape?
  • What is your best case scenario for this landscape?
  • Present your scenarios in the form of a collage or sketch
  • Add text and visuals

Collaborative Goal Setting

  • Define strategic planning objectives based on the evaluation findings from your analysis
  • Ideally, involve the community of your living labs into this process
  • Link back to your original targets from section one and the Development Goals
  • 150 words text contribution

Spatial Strategy and Transect

  • translate your strategic goals into a vision
  • develop a spatial translation of your vision
  • exemplify your vision in the form of a transect with concrete interventions
  • add map(s) and visualizations

From Theory of Change to Implementation

  • For implementing your vision: Which partnerships are needed? Which governance model is required?
  • Who needs to act and how? Draw and explain a change/process model/timeline
  • Which resources are needed? On which assets can you build?
  • add 150 words text and visuals


  • give a full list of the references you have used for your case

Process Reflection

  • Reflect in your intercultural and interdisciplinary team on the outcomes of your study
  • Which limitations were you facing?
  • What have you learnt from each other?
  • What did you learn in the Living Labs?
  • What would you do differently next time?
  • You can also use diagrams/visuals
  • 250 words text