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Car-free housing


Detailed description of the Good Practice

People often wish to live in a peaceful, “green” environment where the streets are safe for children and the air is not polluted by a heavy traffic. They also want to have a fast access to services and to work. These wishes have been combined e.g. in Hamburg, Germany, where a car-free housing project was implemented. A site of 3 hectares was turned into a car-free living zone. The area is close to shops, cultural and public & facilities, and to stations and stops of public transportation, so cars aren’t really needed. Residents of the area aren’t even allowed to own / regularly drive a car: they have to sign a contract about that before moving in. The project has been a success as all the apartments have been occupied even before the topping-out party.

sustainable urban planning, sustainable mobility

Objectives of the Good Practice


  • the load of noise and exhaust gases reduces in the immediate living environment
  • it bolsters up buying power in the immediate surroundings of the district
  • the space usually needed for parking can be used for leisure activities

Participants of the Good Practice

  • City of Hamburg
  • "Autofreies Wohnen e.V." (registered society)
  • "Genossenschaft Wohnwarft” (co-operative)
  • Wohnungseigentümergemeinschaft "WEG Barmbeker Stich" (home owners association)
  • Leben mit Behinderung gemeinnützige GmbH (Living With Disability non-profit Ltd)
  • GWG Gesellschaft für Wohnen und Bauen mbH (Society for living and building Ltd)

Target group of the Good Practice

People who want to live on a car-free district.

More Details of the Good Practice

Documentation and documents

Available files

Contact details

Autofrei Wohnen e.V.
Herr Karsten Wagner
Volkmannstr. 6,
22083 Hamburg
Phone: +49 (0)40/27 09 80-5 40
Fax: +49 (0)40/27 09 80-5 41
E-mail: info@autofreieswohnen.de

Wohnwarft e. G.
Saarlandstraße 6c
22303 Hamburg
Telefon: 040 / 525 90 780
Telefax: 040 / 525 90 781
E-Mail: info@wohnwarft.de

Data sources and references

http://www.wohnen-plus-mobilitaet.nrw.de (visited on the 15th of October 2008)