Developing a methodology for finding suitable locations for neighbourhood hubs in the neighborhoods Assendorp and Kamperpoort in Zwolle, the Netherlands

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Hubs and “knooppunten” are a popular topic in current research and policy documents, always describing a slightly different picture of what a hub entails. Neighborhood hubs in special are a new development in the hub concept, and they might have the potential to transform the way people move, meet and make use of amenities in today’s neighborhoods. This explorative research investigates how suitable locations for neighborhood hubs can be identified to combine societal, mobility-related and energy related functions in the two case neighborhoods Assendorp and Kamperpoort in Zwolle. The methods used were literature review, expert interviews, a ranking of the indicators and GIS analyses. The research resulted in a range of different potential indicators collected from the literature and the experts, of which almost all are perceived to have some relevance for the search for a location for a neighborhood hub. The ranking resulted in a first indication of which five factors might be the most important for the context of the two case neighborhoods. The applied GIS methods showed that it is possible to arrive at useful results by combining different methods and arrive at potential areas that could actually be transformed towards the placement of a neighborhood hub.
Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen