Create, Commutate and Renovate : A case study of the redevelopment of the Havenkwartier in Deventer

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My thesis researches the urban (re)development of the Havenkwartier in Deventer. The area near the inner city of Deventer needs to be redeveloped and the municipality of Deventer decided to use an alternative approach of city planning [organic area development] to do so. In the thesis I will embed the approach of organic area development in the current debate of the urban geography; the origin of the alternative approach is interwoven with the criticism on the traditional, dominant and large-scaled urban development of the past decennia and the redevelopment will be based on creating commutating and renovating the existing area. The criticisms on the traditional Dutch planning suit the presumed shift from a positivist and structuralist view on urban planning to the post-modern and post-structuralist view on urban planning. The criticism on contemporary urban development is that is should look beyond just the economic feature of the city and ascribe value to as well the economic as societal developments. Besides that, modern planning should have more attention to the diversity of the city and be more interactive with the citizens of the city. The origin of organic area development after these critiques on urban planning might indicate the alternative approach is an answer to these deficits of the traditional urban planning. What I research in my thesis is to what extent the method of organic area development incorporates the three societal changes in the practical implementation and the initial ideas behind the application of the concept of organic area development. In order to do so I interviewed experts in the field of the Havenkwartier; as well those concerned from the municipality as the initiators of new initiatives in the Havenkwartier. Besides the interviews I looked at documents from the municipality in order to research the intentions of the municipality of the development of the Havenkwartier. Concluding the research I might argue the intentions of the municipality are to incorporate those societal changes in the development of the Havenkwartier. In the actual implementation, however, the changes in urban development are not as visible as intended. This holds for the more emotional view on the city and the increasing citizen participation in urban development. The required mode of thought to realize the alternative approach is not entirely present, both in the actions of the municipality and the citizens.
Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen