This year, the Hamburg stand has a branch: following an invitation of Messe Munich, two major urban development projects in Hamburg will present a joint exhibition in the “Intelligent Urbanization” area of hall A2. “Building the city anew“ is not a conventional booth found at fairs, but an exhibition on key urban development issues, which was designed by HafenCity Hamburg GmbH in co-operation with IBA Hamburg GmbH. Since its launch, the exhibition has been touring European cities (f. i. Brussels, Vienna, and Zurich) and U.S. cities (Boston, Chicago, Baltimore, and Washington) and served as a platform for dialogue. It thus consciously stimulated, and will continue to stimulate, an international dialogue on the future of Europe’s major cities.
Different cities, same challenges
Even though the respective conditions in the Western cities are very different, they nevertheless all face major challenges, as population growth, climate change, and a global urban society threatened by social divisions demand to set a new, and fundamental course for the future. With Hamburg’s two major development projects HafenCity and International Building Exhibition IBA Hamburg, now acting a public property developer of new projects in Hamburg’s south after the successful presentation year 2013, various answers are given on the sustainable urban growth of tomorrow.
Located in the heart of the exhibition “Building the city anew“ is thus a giant compass that symbolically points the city’s way to the future. Instead of giving direction, it indicates key targets of the city of tomorrow: “growing city“, “open city”, “smart city”, and “civic city”. They form the conceptual framework of policies and projects, addressed by HafenCity and IBA Hamburg as solutions of a sustainable future. Furthermore, they should actively encourage a dialogue on the future of cities – also at this year’s EXPO REAL.