Klaus-Peter Hesse and Valentin Hadelich
Diverse, compact, sustainable: The mixed-use city based on the classic European model is experiencing a true renaissance. The future belongs to clever mixed-use concepts. In our blog conversation, Klaus-Peter Hesse, Director City Development & Acquisition at ECE Work & Live, and Valentin Hadelich, Head of Department Creative Design - Urban Planning at ECE Group Services, discuss what makes a good mixed-use property, why resilience is important for a neighborhood, and what hidden potential lies dormant in our cities.
What is mixed use?
Klaus-Peter Hesse: Mixed use is the result of a process of urban development policy. Cities have always been fields of experimentation and have only been successful if they have developed away from monostructures into spaces of experience. This also includes analyzing competing uses and, if necessary, reallocating rights of use. Public space is there for everyone, and where there is a lack of change, there is stagnation. In view of the strong population growth in cities, the "Athens Charter" was long considered the best urban planning solution. It provided for a separation of living and working. This idea is now outdated. Today's guiding principle is the "Charter of Leipzig": the city of short distances, the mixed city, the urban city, the sustainable city. This world of thought has led to political consideration of how this guiding principle can be reflected in terms of construction planning. The urban area was introduced as a further type of area. This was also because cars and factories emit less noise and pollutants. What used to necessitate the separation of uses is no longer as relevant today and, moreover, is technically solvable. In addition, people are willing to accept certain inconveniences for urbanity. All of this leads us to think in a more compressed, urban and thus mixed way. This leads us to mixed-use concepts that combine a wide variety of uses and offers.