A new neighborhood in Mannheim, Germany will be car-free and feature no roads. Instead, the neighborhood will have sidewalks that connect with paths in a surrounding park. Co.Exist staffer Adele Peters reports on the new neighborhood, which according to architect Johannes Pilz "recreates the park experience on a residential scale."
The developer, Traumhaus, believes getting rid of the roads opens up the interactions among neighbors and the community at large. The neighborhood will also attempt to build diversity by including a mix of designs to attract various demographics:
Because the development will maintain a ratio of different housing types, it hopes to stay relatively diverse and avoid gentrification. The houses are also designed to be affordable to build. Like Traumhaus's other developments, using standardized components makes mass production cheaper.