In the next video, examples of synthesis and the integration of different urban environmental elements are shown. Arjan van Timmeren will present four case studies.
- Quarter Vauban, a former French military base in Freiburg, Germany. This site was redeveloped as a residential area with strong emphasis on sustainability, liveability and citizen empowerment.
- The Dutch GWL area in Amsterdam. Here a residential area, mixed with working places and amenities, has been realized inside the city on a redeveloped former drinking water production area. It shows a dense, car-free urban living area with space for green (community) gardening.
- Hammarby Sjöstad, a district in Stockholm, Sweden. It is larger than the previous two examples but has similar building density. The district is designed around a centrally positioned water area and maximises the use of ecosystem services. It is a typical example of how areas just outside city centres can be redeveloped in a sustainable manner.
- Västra Hamne, the B01 neighbourhood in Malmö, also Sweden, can be considered an island. It is an extension of the existing city. As a compact urban area, it tries to integrate multiple ecosystems services with green, car-free outdoor living environments. Bio-swales and the uncoupling of surface runoff from sewerage systems are examples of blue-green infrastructures in this case study.
A selection of the themes that these cases integrate and synthesize are shown in the figure below.