US-Washington, D.C. Exhibition "Building the City Anew"
From September, 16 through December, 6 HafenCity and IBA Hamburg, the two major symbols of Hamburg’s ambitious urban design and re-development will present their traveling exhibition, “Building the City Anew”, in Baltimore, Boston, Chicago and Washington, D.C.

The HafenCity project, the largest in Europe in recent times, was initiated in 1999 following a competition which was won by the team of ASTOC and Kees Christiaanse. HafenCity is being developed from west to east and from north to south. The area currently under construction, including any completed sections, now extends 1.1 km in length, from the Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall at the tip of Dalmannkai in the west to the Spiegel group building at Ericusspitze. In breadth, HafenCity begins at the Speicherstadt and runs down to the banks of the Elbe.

“Building the City Anew” seeks to provoke an informed dialogue between cities and to create a platform for a shared vision of the future. HafenCity Hamburg and IBA Hamburg embrace the vision of a European city meeting the challenges of the future without abandoning its own tradition and character. Through the joint exhibition, HafenCity and IBA Hamburg also seek to initiate an international debate on the future of large cities, informed by projects and experiences of other European cities.

“Building The City Anew” is devoted to a diversity of approaches that respond to the strategic responsibilities of European cities. Each urban development project is confronted by a unique set of preconditions. The IBA Hamburg is transforming the structure of a ‘metrozone’, a previously marginalized urban area, through selective measures such as renovation and conversion activities; new cost and energy-efficient buildings and cultural activities that unite a historically diverse community. The HafenCity Hamburg, is a blueprint for the development of a European city on the waterfront. It is setting new standards in developing a new city area along the Elbe – at least in Europe. On an area of 157 hectares, a lively city with a maritime air is taking shape, bringing together workplace and residential uses, culture and leisure, tourism and retail facilities – quite unlike downtowns dominated by nothing but offices and shops.

Traveling exhibition:

September 16-30, 2013
University of Maryland

October 15-28, 2013
Massachusetts State House,

November 5-8, 2013
ULI Fall Meeting, McCormick Place Convention Center

Washington, D.C.
November 14 until December 6, 2013
University of the District of Columbia