Hamburg received a “Special Mention” when the biennial Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize, one of the world’s most prestigious awards, was presented at the World City Summit in Singapore on Monday (July 9, 2018). While the main award went to Seoul, the recognition of Hamburg comes after “Special Mentions” for Auckland, Sydney, Toronto and Vienna in 2016. HafenCity Hamburg GmbH had developed and co-ordinated Hamburg’s application.
Hamburg strong by international comparison
Last year, Hamburg submitted its first application after repeated invitations from Singapore. An evaluating commission chaired by Prof. Marilyn Jordon Taylor from the United States visited Hamburg in autumn 2017 and learnt about key political issues such as housing construction, the inclusion of refugees, the many changes in the education system and training sector as well as sustainability strategies in recent years. The delegation also visited scientific institutions such as the Climate Computing Centre and major urban development projects such as HafenCity, the International Building Exhibition (IBA) and the construction site of the motorway cover in Altona.
HafenCity – outstanding project
A delighted Peter Tschentscher, Mayor of Hamburg, commented: “This award for Hamburg and HafenCity shows that our strategy of quality growth, careful consolidation and ambitious smart mobility concepts puts us on an equal footing with cities such as Sydney, Toronto and Vienna.” The text of the award certificate to Hamburg reads: “Hamburg is pursuing a successful strategy of inner-city densification to meet the growing demand for living space and mobility of its growing population. HafenCity is an outstanding showcase project.”
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