Five Levels of Public Space

HafenCity is a district in Hamburg that is being built with flooding in mind. One way the development prepares for rising waters is having several layers of public space that can be used, creating a model for cities facing global warming.
September 3, 2010, 8am PDT | Tim Halbur
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Amanda Reed at WorldChanging looks at the plans, which have been in development for ten years already:

"HafenCity and Speicherstadt lie to the south of the main Hamburg dike and are therefore susceptible to flooding. Rather than build new dikes, the developers incorporated other flood resilient and adaptive infrastructure into the actual construction of the roads, buildings and public spaces with the intention of both controlling flood waters and providing residents with waterfront access."

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Published on Thursday, September 2, 2010 in WorldChanging
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