Garden Streets Antwerp - Lange Ridderstraat
Lange Ridderstraat is one of the streets that will be permanently organised as a garden street following a successful test period. In consultation with the residents, the existing hard surface was replaced with planting beds, trees, herb and vegetable gardens, small lawns, and climbing plants, etc. Special attention was devoted to ensuring a coordinated approach to rainwater collection with regard to the surface and the substrate.
In the project approach, Antwerp’s ambition is to experiment with the application of new techniques, co-creation with residents and handling maintenance after construction. The pilot projects initially served as a testing ground for optimising the various aspects of the garden street and for creating a sustainable support base among residents. The transformation of Lange Ridderstraat serves as the starting shot so the garden street can be applied extensively throughout the city in the future.
management, biodiversity, housing, mobility, water
good citizenship, policy innovation, cultural change
From trial set-up to permanent installationDuring the preliminary project for Lange Ridderstraat, experiments were carried out with the new layout of the street and its management. In 2021, this resulted in a climate-resilient street tailored to the needs of its residents.
Neighbourhood signs up for garden streets in Old Berchem
The city of Antwerp is experimenting with temporary garden streets at various locations. In Berchem, a number of streets have been tackled, including Berthoutstraat. Together with the residents of the streets, they are considering what form the garden streets could take.
photo: Berchem TV, Antwerpen 2016