Research by design project HMC2 completed!
Great news! Our team recently finished the research by design project HMC2. BURA urbanism and Stec group worked on a research by design project for the Provincie Zuid Holland.
HMC areas are essential in the Netherlands, because of their important role in the development to a sustainable and circular future. However, HMC areas are often outdated, accommodate a variety of industrial activities, are enclosed by water or rail infrastructure and use their plots extensively. At the same time, because of their environmental impact, HMC areas often form a barrier for housing plans and densification ambitions of the city.
As a result, pressure for change of HMC areas is increasing, because cities are densifying within their city boundaries because landscape is regarded as scarce and valuable. For that reason, it is important to understand their capacity for change in order to accommodate new functions, be more sustainable and be an added value for their environment and potential new users.
The research project therefore focusses on the following question: how can working areas with a high environmental impact (HMC) keep their economic value and contribute to a more sustainable society in future?