The Next Set Of Hannover Principles

With the Almere Principles, the city placed values first and seized the power of clear statements of intention, setting an inspiring goal that tells the world where Almere wants to be.

The Almere Principles,
Almere, The Netherlands

Under the Schaalsprong Almere plan for growth, Almere will become the fifth largest city in the Netherlands with 350,000 people living and working in a place that was only very recently reclaimed from the sea. This will require doubling Almere’s current population between now and 2030—an unprecedented rate of growth, with a resulting population exceeding what was originally intended when the polder was planned and built thirty years ago.

To guide this development, the WM+P and the Municipality of Almere collaborated to develop “the next set of Hannover Principles.” The resulting document is a powerful and inspirational declaration of intent for an ecological, economic and socially sustainable city that reflects the history and character of the people of Almere.


Municipality Almere, The Netherlands


Develop planning principles to guide the development of Almere with forethought about environmental impact


96 square miles


Planning principles complete


William McDonough + Partners, Advisors