One of the Jury members of the IFC masterplanning competition is a German professor, doctor of engineering at Hamburg HafenCity University Thomas Krueger. He serves as Member of the Advisory Board at HafenCity Hamburg GmbH (the area known as "HafenCity" is Europe’s largest inner city urban development zone). Also Prof. Krueger serves as Chair of Urban Planning and Neighborhood development department, HafenCity University, Hamburg. His main research priorities include developing and managing of urban areas (downtown and shopping centers, multi-functional district and neighborhood centers); new forms of cooperation and support of urban development (public -private partnerships, improvement districts, development companies); new control measures for urban and regional development (planning and project Management, IT-based planning and evaluation methods, regulatory framework and instruments of urban and project development). One of his last completed research works - Making Places Profitable – Public and Private Open Spaces”.
Making Places Profitable - Public and Private Open Spaces
(MP4) is a European project (2008-2012) to promote innovative approaches in the planning, design , maintenance and use of private and public open spaces. MP4 stands for "Making Places Profitable, Public and Private Open Spaces". The project was funded by the INTERREG North-West Europe Programme (NWE is a Programme of the European Union to promote the economic, environmental, social and territorial future of the North-West Europe area).
The nine partners from six countries (Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Netherlands and Sweden) explained how the creation or enhancement of open spaces ("Place-Making") can generate long-term social and economic benefits. The main objective of the project was the transferring of successful methods for the sustainable and long-term preservation of high-quality open spaces ("Place - Keeping") and working out the planning policies of the European Union influencing the district level. This is to ensure that the long-term maintenance of the open spaces is not only incorporated in city-wide concepts, but also that the problem of investment in open spaces receives the same attention as the design.
Sheaf Valley (England) – before
Sheaf Valley (England) - after
Loevgaerdet football field (Swedish) – before
Loevgaerdet football field (Swedish) – after