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Social mix and encounter capacity – a pragmatic social model for a new downtown: the example of HafenCity Hamburg

Bruns-berentelg Jürgen

in Mixed Communities

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9781847424938
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447305538 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847424938.003.0007
Social mix and encounter capacity – a pragmatic social model for a new downtown: the example of HafenCity Hamburg

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This chapter discusses the novel planning measures that have been used to encourage social encounter and social mix in the new-build district of HafenCity in Hamburg, Germany. HafenCity is the largest redevelopment project in Europe; when complete, it will double the size of Hamburg's central city or downtown area. The CEO of HafenCity has developed a complex agenda for social mix in HafenCity; this includes tenurial mixing, functional mixing (e.g. commercial and residential) and a mixing of social groups (by age, ethnicity, identity, cycle in life course, etc). The chapter outlines the vision for social mixing in HafenCity — where it came from, how it was conceptualised and the forms of governance and funding that were needed to put it in place. Moreover, HafenCity has undertaken its own research to investigate the successes and failures of its social mix agenda — the initial results from this research are discussed. And finally, the chapter outlines lessons to be learnt from ‘planning urbanity’ in HafenCity.

Keywords: planning measures; HafenCity; Hamburg; Germany; redevelopment in Europe; social mix; tenurial mixing; functional mixing; planning urbanity

Chapter.  8974 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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