11 Jul '11, 9pm

Welcome to HafenCity -- Germany's crazy ambitious urban redesign project

Welcome to HafenCity -- Germany's crazy ambitious urban redesign project

Here’s an even more radical embrace of the nautical: a broad floating plaza on pontoons, serving as a main square for this phase of the development. The fact of water — both embracing it and keeping it at bay — was a central design challenge for the project, and HafenCity has been deliberately built as “a three-level public space” (as Walter put it). As defense against future floods and potential sea-level rise, much of the new neighborhood is built on a street level raised 15 feet above the level of the old dock; the original dock level has been preserved in the form of 10 kilometers (about 6 miles) of meandering quayside promenades; and this pontoon-level development was included to add contextually appropriate “parkland” to the community’s mix of public space.

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grist.org 11 Jul '11, 5pm

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