In 2007 the city of Lucerne published a document on what the cityscape could look like in 2022. Among them are some bizarre ideas. 20 minutes has looked at the strange visions.

This is how the cityscape of Lucerne could have looked today. This and the following pictures were taken in 2007 and were thought games at the time as to how Lucerne could change by 2022.

Visions from 2007: So h & auml; tte Lucerne today can look like

Among other things, a redesign of the left bank has been discussed.

 Visions from 2007: This is what Lucerne could have looked like today

It should now be multifunctional. Specifically, business, education and leisure should find their place in one place.

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    In 2007 the city council created visions of what the city of Lucerne could look like in 2022.

  • The scenarios take up various topics such as tourism and living and deliver bizarre but amusing ideas.

  • At that time, the intention was to confront the population with spatial planning issues so that they would increasingly deal with the future cityscape.

At the end of the year in particular, people often think about their own future. The Lucerne City Council did the same, but almost 15 years ago. “The city of Lucerne in 2022” is the name of a paper with various visions that the city council created in 2007 on the occasion of the upcoming revision of the building and zoning regulations (BZO), as the “Luzerner Zeitung” writes. 20 minutes dared to look back into the future.

Lucerne as a stronghold of tourism

Lucerne was already a tourist stronghold in Switzerland in 2007. The overnight stays in the hotel establishments between 1993 and 2005 were between 800,000 and one million. Accordingly, one imagined what Lucerne could look like in the future if one wanted to attract even more tourists to the city: In particular, the left bank of the lake would have to be redesigned and multifunctional. Facilities for culture and education should find their place in a cluster of hotels, recreation and leisure as well as various temporary events. This also requires continuous public access to the lake.

Modern buildings on the left bank of the lake would radiate the necessary shine and give the city a modern face. The right bank of the lake would be supplemented by new hotel buildings, although the architecture would have been clumsy. Particularly bizarre: Lucerne was to be overshadowed by a striking golf hotel on the hilltop of the Dietschiberg, made accessible by the Dietschibergbahn, which was reactivated especially for this purpose. A city ship should also connect the attractions by sea. To round it off, new restaurants were also to be built and certain sections of the bank upgraded.

Living in the forest

The question of more living space in urban areas and how this should be realized was already a hot topic back then. Another vision is taking a very unconventional path: Not only should existing living spaces be built on in a more compact way, but nature should also be part of the planning again. For example, the existing oak forest on the border between Lucerne and Kriens was to be expanded through afforestation. This would give the border a green accent and function as a green city gate, so to speak.

On the other hand, the idea of ​​urbanizing parts of the Gütsch Forest behind Gütsch Castle seems very special. However, the construction would have been carried out according to the federal forest law, therefore: A replacement would have to be created for the cleared area. The result would have been an urban quarter in the middle of the forest, but still in close proximity to the city center. On the other hand, the footbridge for pedestrians and cyclists between the two parts of the forest, Greter- and Zimmereckwald, appears to be practicable. This should lead over the autobahn and better link Lucerne with Littau.

What remains?

20 minutes wanted to talk to the responsible building director Kurt Bieder about these visions. However, he replied: “I can still remember when we drafted this document. However, I have to admit that I haven't followed the whole thing since I stepped down as building director in 2012, which is why I don't want to say more about it. ” Above all, according to Bieder, at that time the intent was to use the deliberately provocative ideas to encourage the population to deal more with spatial planning issues. That is why these scenarios were and are still today an appeal to the Lucerne city population to consciously deal with their cityscape.

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By Teresa Tapmleton

Teresa Tampleton has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Nizh TEkegram, Teresa Tampleton worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7341

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