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Foster reveals new Duisburg plans - images

Norman Foster has unveiled the first images of his latest project in Duisburg - a massive inner-city masterplan for the German metropolis.

Foster's long-standing connection with the city dates back to the late 1980s when he was asked to produce plans to reinvigorate former industrial areas.

His Microelectronic Centre scheme was followed by a number of other projects including the Eurogate mixed-use development ( Foster unveils new plans for Germany ), part of the Inner Harbour masterplan.

Foster's new proposals aim to accelerate Duisburg's 'transformation into a vibrant, green and sustainable city' as well as making the city a more competitive shopping destination.

Among the key features of the masterplan are plans to extend the central retail area along the Königstrasse spine and connect it to a revamped central railway station and interchange.

Describing the project Foster said: 'The inner-city Duisburg masterplan builds on the success of our Inner Harbour redevelopment and continues the transformation of Duisburg into a sustainable city for the 21st century.

'Our ambition is to strengthen Duisburg's civic identity by utilising its infrastructure and promoting the denser use of its centre, creating a modern city that has a rich mixture of cultural, commercial and residential activity at its heart.'

by Richard Waite

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