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Environmental Psychology

German city planners are hoping that applying “environmental psychology” will help make Hamburg’s huge new urban development a success.

German city planners are hoping that “environmental psychology” will help make Hamburg’s huge new quarter — one of the largest urban development projects underway globally — successful. Spiegel explains that environmental psychology is a multi-faceted discipline — including social, physical, architectural and other elements. One expert says the key for Hamburg will be avoiding compartmentalization, such as when areas for offices are clearly separated from residential zones. In the new “HafenCity”, cultural and social institutions — such as art galleries, museums and the university — will be alongside commercial structures and residential buildings.

This essay describes a model for urban development that takes into account and makes use of the externalities that exist in the built environment. Buildings and the people that inhabitat them makes neighborhoods and vice versa the value of a building is in its locations. How can better frame this relationship between an object and its environment? How can develop strategies for a integral area development that learn from the best global examples?

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