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Planning for Creativity: The Transformation of the Amsterdam Eastern Docklands

This chapter discusses the thesis that social processes are always pre-structured by planning, whether explicitly or not, on the basis of empirical findings from the HafenCity Hamburg. It presents the full range of neighbourhood life in the new HafenCity. The chapter also analyses the newly established neighbourhoods typologically. It then summarises the most central findings according to our initial question and discusses the issue of how far the neighbourhood structures developing in the HafenCity, as part of the city centre, can be compared with those of other quarters. In other words, the HafenCity seeks to realise both urbanity and neighbourliness in a symbiotic relationship or at least a sort of co-existence. Individual residents also say that the intensive forms of neighbourliness that have developed in the Hafencity were astonishing and completely unexpected.