Countries the world over are home to derelict buildings. Areas strong industrial pasts are likely to have at least a few substantial derelict plots. Plots like old factories cover large areas of land and are normally deemed unsafe and unseemly. But should this be the case? Unless the ground contains harmful chemicals, abandoned buildings and structures can be made safe. The following is an example of just what we are missing by not using these locations.
Landschaftspark (Landscape Park) in Duisberg, Germany was once home to the Thyssen ironworks. At 180 acres, it boasts green spaces, gardens, an old railway, and five areas of waterways. In addition to the landscape and industrial heritage, a wide variety of events are also held in and around the park. You can experience everything from bike rides to film showings and music festivals in Landschaftspark.
The diversity of land on these sites results in a wide variety of options for their use. Pretty much anyone can find something to enjoy that will provide the time-out they need—cycling, walking, running, yoga, music, films, and gardening—and that is to name but a few. Beyond the benefits people gain, these sites will also provide habitats, food, and places for wildlife. Plants also benefit: Landschaftspark is home to at least 700 different plant species. By revitalizing old sites, it could be discovered that Landschaftspark—or any other reclaimed industrial site—could be home to rare, endangered, or even a species thought to be extinct.
Old industrial sites may be eyesores to some, but they have so much potential to be beautiful, practical, and amazing places for people and wildlife.
Do you know of any abandoned sites near you that you’d like to see revitalized?