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A cradle of the new for 100 years: Finkenau

Once Europe's largest birth clinic, today incubator for new ideas in media, design, and information technologies. Jubilee day packed with events on 10 October 2014.

This year, a famous red brick building erected by Fritz Schumacher at Hamburg-Uhlenhorst in the years 1911 – 1914 will be celebrating its 100th anniversary: Finkenau 3. For decades the birthplace of hundreds of thousands of citizens of Hamburg, it today is the place where pioneering projects, careers and businesses, are being born. Closed in 2003, the former Hospital of Gynecology Finkenau has been successfully transformed into a leading arts and media campus, where designers, media technicians, and information professionals are being trained.

Located on the former hospital grounds are today units of the Faculty of Design, Media and Information of the University of Applied Sciences Hamburg (HAW Hamburg), the Hamburg Media School, Miami Ad School, the film area of the College of Fine Arts in Hamburg, the Multimedia Kontor Hamburg (MMKH) with IT companies of Hamburg’s universities and the non-commercial local radio and television stations Tide TV / Tide 96.0.

On 10 October, the arts and media campus will celebrate its anniversary with a vibrant event day. On the agenda are picture stories, theatre installations, guided tours, encounters with witnesses of the past and agents of today. Also on show will the result of an initiative by the Faculty of Design, Media and Information HAW Hamburg that has been collected stories of the century passed along with the people involved in the course of years, i.e. midwives and professors, students and patients, who all try to explain the fascination of Finkenau.

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