Day 3: Excursions

Thursday, 16 May

IBA / HafenCity

Hamburg, the second biggest city in Germany and the third largest European port has many attributes. It is called “the German Gateway to the World”, “a thriving centre of industry and business” or “the green city on the River Elbe”. But can a big city like Hamburg with 1.8 million inhabitants within the city and 4.3 million in the metropolitan region also be sustainable and fit for the future?

The European Union considered the city to be on the right track by awarding it the “European Green Capital” title in 2011. In its statement, the jury stated the reasons behind the decision: “Hamburg has shown major achievements in the past years and has also attained excellent environmental standards across the board.” It was stressed that the city has set very ambitious future plans regarding its further development. One aspect that particularly impressed the jury was the binding climate goals set by the city and its integrated and participative planning strategy.

Major urban development projects

In its search for answers to metropolitan challenges, Hamburg has started two major urban development projects. Both aim to become role models of sustainable and future-oriented waterfront cities. However, they have different orientations:

2nd International BMBF Conference

Future Megacities
in Action

Innovative Solutions for Energy- and Climate-
Efficient Urbanisation

May 14 – 16, 2013
Hamburg (Germany)

IBA Hamburg – International
Building Exhibition

With the slogan “building the city anew” the International Building Exhibition Hamburg (Internationale Bauausstellung IBA Hamburg) in 3 southern districts of Hamburg focuses on the advancements of already existing urban areas. Entailing constructual, social and cultural projects it addresses how metropolises of tomorrow can cope with challenges of globalisation, polarisation and climate change. The set of measures ranges from single architectural interventions to entire neighbourhood developments and is supported by political, cultural and social programmes.

After seven years of progress, built practice and a wealth of gained experiences, the IBA Hamburg is entering its presentation year in 2013.


Photo Credit – IBA Hamburg GmbH / Martin Kunze

www.iba-hamburg.de

HafenCity Hamburg

With its overall area of 157 hectars and planned new building of ca. 2.32 million sqm HafenCity Hamburg is the largest urban development project currently being implemented in Europe. Since 2003 the mixed use inner-city district is emerging from former habour-land, offering a clear chance for sustainable urban developloment. High quality standards have been set on aspects such as ecofriendly construction, barrier-free mobility, efficient energy generation and use of resources, high quality open spaces and effective flood protection.

When completely developed around 2025, it will be home to some 12,000 inhabitants in approximately 6,000 residential units and offer workplaces for about 45,000 people. For the time being a substaintional part of the masterplan’s construction volume has been put into practice and can be visited.

Photo Credit – www.mediaserver.hamburg.de / R. Hegeler

www.hafencity.com

Excursion 1Cities and
Climate Change

Excursion 2Building and
Energy

Four field-trips *

In light of this four field-trips carried out by experts from IBA Hamburg and HafenCity are available in the context of the conference. Participants can visit good practices as well as highlights of these forward-looking urban development projects currently implemented in Hamburg. Together with our competent hosts you will experience the innovative approaches, lessons learnt and explore

  • how a city on the waterfront can cope with climate change by applying new solutions
  • how the transformation of habour wasteland to sustainable and liveable neighbourhoods can be organised
  • how tomorrow’s metropolises can become more independent from fossile energies
  • how the “inner-urban periphery”, including the zones of infrastructure and industry can evolve into quality-oriented urban areas.

* As the details of the tours are still being finalised, changes are possible at short notice.

Excursion 3Sustainability
 

Excursion 4Sustainability
 

Tour Information and Itinerary

  • Guided walking and bus tour from approximately
    09:00 to 16:00
  • Introduction to the IBA DOCK exhibition with explanations by means of a model and the chance to visit the exhibition
  • Guided Tour though the IBA project area with stops at selected good practice examples and presentations by competent project managers
  • Option of having lunch together

Tour Information and Itinerary

  • Guided walking tour from approximately 10:00 to 18:00
  • Introduction to the project in the Info Centre Kesselhaus with a presentation and explanations by means of an urbanistic model of the project site
  • Guided tour though the HafenCity area with stops at selected good practice examples
  • Opportunity for a feedback discussion with a member of the HafenCity Ltd. management team
  • Option of having lunch together

Good practice examples
(part of Tour 1 and/or 2)

IBA Dock

IBA Dock

part of Tour 1 | 2

Climatically neutral and innovative: the floating IBA DOCK with its “IBA at Work” exhibition provides an overview of the IBA Hamburg’s aims, activities and results. Moreover, the building itself is an example of innovative construction and energy saving technologies: the building stands on a 50 metre long and 26 metre wide concrete pontoon, and the superstructure is based on a modular steel system. As well as being light, this allows parts of the upper structure to be removed for transportation so that the IBA DOCK can pass under low bridges.

Photo Credit – IBA Hamburg GmbH / Martin Kunze

Georgswerder Energy Hill

Georgswerder Energy Hill

part of Tour 1

From a contaminated brownfield site to the pinnacle of renewable energies: the disused landfill at Georgswerder will be transformed into a hill of renewable energies as part of the IBA Hamburg. With wind and solar power alone, it will provide electricity for around 4,000 households. In addition, energy will be generated from biogas and landfill gas as well as from groundwater. The exhibition in the information centre on the Energy Hill gives insights into the landfill waste and to the diverse production and use of renewable energy on site. With a spectacular view from the harbour to the inner city, in the future the Hill will be accessible to visiters as a a view point.

Photo Credit – www.mediaserver.hamburg.de / aufwind-luftbilder.de

The Building Exhibition

The Building Exhibition

part of Tour 1|2

At the centre of the IBA area in Wilhelmsburg, integrated into the park of the 2013 International Garden Show (igs 2013), ground-breaking models for the homes of the future are being built. The IBA Hamburg provides solutions to housing in the 21st century in four subject areas. The designs have completely new building and apartment typologies, materials, energy concepts and aesthetic forms. The tendering procedure, with fixed prices for the sites, contributes to feasibility of the project. The best projects are awarded the site and not the highest bidders.
The four subject areas are as follows:

  • The “Smart Material Houses” will illustrate building using innovative construction materials.
  • With the “Smart Price Houses”, the IBA will show solutions for low-cost, inner city building.
  • The IBA will show how the flexible residential life of tomorrow will look with the “Hybrid Houses”. These houses adapt to their residents’ needs.
  • The “WaterHouses” will present concepts for building with water – as a resource and as a risk factor.

Photo Credit – IBA Hamburg GmbH/bloom images

Top Climate Plan

Top Climate Plan

part of Tour 2

Private households are responsible for a quarter of Germany’s energy consumption. A lot of energy saving potential can be found in the renovation of older buildings. To take advantage of it, the IBA Hamburg launched the campaign “Prima Klima-Anlage” [Top Climate Plan] which includes planning, issuing energy passes, implementation including quality assurance and a three-year monitoring of excellent energetic renovation measures. The first buildings to be renovated by their owners as part of the campaign are two residential buildings from 1926. Although the buildings are listed, following the renovation work they achieved an energy standard approaching of new buildings.

Photo Credit – IBA Hamburg GmbH / Martin Kunze

Energy Bunker

Energy Bunker

part of Tour 1|2

The former flak bunker in Wilhelmsburg is a symbol of the climate protection concept “Renewable Wilhelmsburg”. The monument, which had been disused since the end of World War II, now showcases innovative, intelligently networked technologies. As the technical centre of the local heat distribution network, the bunker boasts a biomass co-generation plant, a water reservoir and a solar-thermal energy plant, and generates hot water and heating for the apartments in the neighbouring Weltquartier [global quarters]. The history of the bunker and the former inhabitants of the Reihersteg neighbourhood are illustrated in a documentation centre in the former flak towers. With a 30m high café, the building provides a unique view over Hamburg, from the harbour to the so called Harburg mountains.

Photo Credit – IBA Hamburg GmbH / Martin Kunze

Good practice examples
(part of Tour 3 or 4)

Unilever Building

Unilever Building

part of Tour 3

Due to its sustainable, innovative and efficient architecture, the Unilever Building has earned many national and international awards. Designed by Behnisch Architects, the building represents aesthetic and ecological quality, and its freely accessible atrium gives it a very public character. The company headquarters is the largest building worldwide to be completely equipped with energy efficient LEDs. Further sustainable aspects include building component activation for cooling, a heat recovery system on the roof of the atrium, and the extensive use of ecologically optimised building materials. The building has received a HafenCity Gold- Ecolabel for exemplary sustainable construction.

Photo Credit – Thomas Hampel / ELBE & Flut / Quelle: HafenCity Hamburg GmbH

Elbphilharmonie

Elbphilharmonie

part of Tour 3

With the Elbphilharmonie, the Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron have given Hamburg a new cultural and urban landmark. The design for the conversion and extension of the former warehouse has received strong international praise. In addition to its use as a concert hall, the building will offer a mixture of apartments, gastronomy, conference facilities, hotels, publically accessible spaces and a carpark. As part of the tour of the building site, participants will experience the features of the building as well as the construction progress.

Photo Credit – FOTOFRIZZ / Burkhard Kuhn / Quelle: HafenCity Hamburg GmbH

Ecunomical Forum

Ecumenical Forum

part of Tour 3

19 Christian churches united under one roof: at the beginning of 2011 the “Brücke – Ökumenisches Forum” [Bridge – Ecumenical Forum] association opened the new building. Altogether 19 Christian churches from Hamburg joined forces to realise this unique joint venture. The publically accessible ground floor of the Forum serves as a meeting place, and a chapel is a peaceful refuge in an otherwise bustling neighbourhood. The members of this ecumenical-spiritual community live here in international and socially mixed shared apartments or housing communities. The roof terrace, which is an example of urban gardening, offers a view across the already developed project area.

Photo Credit – Dörte Massow / Quelle: HafenCity Hamburg GmbH

Spiegel Publishing House

Spiegel Publishing House

part of Tour 4

At the northeast entrance to HafenCity the Spiegel Group built their new publishing house, designed by Henning Larsen Architects. In this architecturally ambitious building special emphasis was placed on meeting high sustainability standards – the building has provisionally been awarded the gold HafenCity Ecolabel. Crucial to the decision were the low overall primary energy requirements with under 100 kilowatt hours per square metre per year and the use of geothermal and photovoltaic systems. In addition, the building’s open character made a positive impression.

Photo Credit – Noshe / Quelle: SPIEGEL-Verlag

Overseas Quarter

Overseas Quarter

part of Tour 4

Überseequartier is shaping up into the future “city” in HafenCity. This urban space, covering about 13.7 hectares, will be home to around 1,000 people and the workplace of up to 7,000 more. While a small-scale mixed use of apartments, offices and small businesses developed in the northern part of the area, the buildings that extend down to the banks of the Elbe in the south contain large office and retail spaces. Throughout the area, retail is integrated into freestanding buildings – there are no plans for a shopping mall – to increase the vitality of the quarter. Conrasting open spaces complement the dense mixture of uses.

Photo Credit – ELBE & Flut / Quelle: HafenCity GmbH Hamburg

Oberhafen Quarter

Oberhafen Quarter

part of Tour 4

Today the area still consists of railway properties. Many of the buildings are almost fully occupied and will continue to be used for logistics activities until at least 2014. In the future the quarter will become the nucleus of a creative and cultural centre. Thereby the ‘normal’ development process in HafenCity will be turned upside down. Instead of a new urban planning idea, a new use for the existing buildings will be the starting point of the development, which will take place through a gradual transformation process. The plots will not be sold, but permanently remain the property of the “Sondervermögens Stadt und Hafen” [Special Assets City and Harbour] in order to shape the development in Hamburg’s interest. Thereby the potential development options for the area will be worked out as part of an intensive dialogue between HafenCity Hamburg, public authorities, local users, and experts in the fields of arts and science.

Photo Credit – ELBE & Flut / Quelle: HafenCity Hamburg GmbH

Katharinen-Primary School

Katharinen-Primary School

part of Tour 4

The school forms an important social hub in HafenCity. The future three-track primary school will guarantee all-day supervision that will be complemented by the care options of the daycare centre with after-school care. Altogether 450 children can be cared for – with flexible plans – right into the evening. In addition to a sports hall, 30 apartments have been built to the HafenCity Ecolabel gold standard. A special feature is the attractively designed rooftop playground.

Photo Credit – ELBE & Flut / Quelle: HafenCity Hamburg GmbH

Additional Features

In addition to the good practice examples, the following subjects will be part of the excursions 1 and 2:

IBA – General Information

  • Basic information: numbers, data, and facts about IBA
  • The IBA master plan and its progress
  • Processes and features
  • Neighbourhood characteristics
  • Financing and allocation of real estate

Focus Areas

  • Climate protection concept “Renewable Wilhelmsburg”:
    model concept and strategies for providing Hamburg’s Elbe Islands with exclusively renewable energies
  • Wilhelmsburg Central – Integrated Energy Network:
    interconnected power generation plants located in various buildings that form a large “virtual” power station
  • Hamburg’s Energy Partnerships:
    concrete ways to reduce energy consumption in private households
  • Opening up the Spreehafen:
    utilisation of the former customs-free harbour area
  • Open House:
    cooperativley planned housing to the newest standards of climate-friendly construction
  • Veringeck:
    intercultural housing for people who require care
  • Weltgewerbehof:
    neighbourhood work places for local firms and entrepreneurs
  • State Ministry for Urban Development and the 
    Environment (BSU):
    Example of a new standard of
    administrative building
  • Educational Centre “Tor zur Welt” [Gateway to the World]:
    upgrading of education in Wilhelmsburg

Additional Features

In addition to the good practice examples, the following subjects will be part of the excursions 3 and 4:

HafenCity – General Information

  • Basic information: numbers, data, and facts about HafenCity
  • The HafenCity master plan and its progress
  • Development management specific features
  • Neighbourhood characteristics
  • Financing and allocation of real estate
  • Traffic concept and current figures - “Modal Split”
  • Fine-grained horizontal and vertical mixture of uses
  • Open space design (with examples during the excursion: Magellan Terrassen, Magdeburger Hafen)
  • Relationship between streets and privately and publically accessible areas

Focus Area Sustainability

  • Brownfield development
  • Climate-adapted flood protection
  • Sustainable climate-adapted urban structure
  • High land-use efficiency
  • Sustainable mobility
  • Sustainable heating energy supply
  • Sustainable building
  • Ecolabel HafenCity