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Hamburg urban sustainability exhibit@UDC

November 14, 2013 @ 8:00 am - December 6, 2013 @ 5:00 pm

How has Hamburg, Germany organized itself to meet the demands of a modern city that is ecologically sound and economically vibrant? The University of the District of Columbia’s College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) and the Goethe-Institut Washington presents the exhibition Hamburg. Building the City Anew. A Journey into the City of Tomorrow.

Hamburg is Germany’s second largest city and the ninth largest in Europe, and it’s home to two of the most important urban development areas in Europe: HafenCity and the International Building Exhibition (IBA) Hamburg. Both projects embrace the vision of a European city meeting the challenges of the future without abandoning its unique traditions and character. HafenCity, Europe’s largest inner-city development project, is setting new standards for ecological sustainability and mixed use development along the Elbe River in Hamburg, Germany. The International Building Exhibition (IBA) is applying experimental design and urban planning to a neglected inner-city island, transforming it into a vibrant and sustainable area.

Like Washington, D.C., Hamburg is a city-state that consists solely of the city itself without a surrounding rural area. This poses unique developmental challenges and unique opportunities. Hamburg is commercial, compact and comfortable at the same time. And it has to be. Without a surrounding land area Hamburg must meet all the needs of its citizens, attract businesses and visitors, and reinvent itself ever anew to meet the ambitions of a modern city that keeps pace with the times.


The exhibition features examples of IBA Hamburg and HafenCity projects.

The exhibition is at UDC’s Building 42, A Level, 4200 Connecticut Ave., NW.

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November 14, 2013 @ 8:00 am
December 6, 2013 @ 5:00 pm
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