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Aerial photo of the month - Clearly evident structural changes in Bremen

The shopping centre roofs on the banks of the Weser don’t resemble a space station by chance. This building depicted in the “Aerial photo of the month” was originally constructed for the Bremen Space Park, the central theme of which was space flight.

Ehemaliger Space Park in Bremen-Gröpelingen

The theme park was closed though, after only a few months, in September 2004.  Several years passed before it took on its current use: a mixture of a multiplex cinema in the triangular part of the building and on the right hand side a maritime themed shopping centre.

The central symbol of the space park a replica of a European Ariane rocket has had to give way to the new usage to which the building was put. In the second photo the remnants of the Ariane can be seen lying on a dockside of the inner harbour.

The district of Groeplingen in Bremen has already experienced many structural changes. In the nineteenth century this small village on the River Weser developed into an industrial zone. Between 1901 and 1983 aerial photos depict the area as belonging to the corporation “Weser”. This large shipyard built freight and passenger ships, as well as war ships and U-boats. The growing focus on tankers, competition from Asia and the two oil crises of the 1970s brought about the end of the “Weser” corporation and in 1983 it closed down; the closure of the large shipyard had a severe impact on the surrounding district.

Hansa Luftbild’s digital orthophotos clearly reveal the structural changes, and can also support such processes. Large format digital cameras, LiDAR systems, and further remote sensing systems can be applied to acquire large-scale / comprehensive base data for city planning. For example they can assist in the documentation and analysis of property and traffic routes or in planning for flood protection. Further information is available here:

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