chapter  11
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Can Urbanity be Planned? Comments on the Development of Public Spaces in the HafenCity of Hamburg

In several cities, not only in Germany but also in many other European and North American states, opportunities have been seized throughout the last few years to use derelict inner-city spaces for new large-scale urban building projects. Throughout this process, various public as well as private agents who are responsible for the development of these projects often come up with similar concepts for urban planning. A preferably very detailed and refined mix of usage types plays an important role in these plans, as does the challenging development of public spaces or the discerning blend of existing old buildings, mostly under a preservation order, with appealing and at times spectacular contemporary architecture. Some of these new projects can make use of the additional advantage of being located near water.