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IBA Hamburg International Building Exhibition Building the City Anew

How will future cities look like? How do we meet the challenge of climate change? How will co-existence of different cultures in big cities succeed?
IBA Hamburg has been dealing with these questions for more than 6 years.

IBA Hamburg is launching its great presentation year 2013, giving insight into more than 60 structional, social and cultural projects all presenting innovative and sustainable soutions for the city of tomorrow.

Shaping the future of the city in the 21st century... This is a challenge that has been taken up by the IBA Hamburg International Building Exhibition, with projects that make an innovative and sustainable contribution to current issues of urban development. Between now and 2013 and in the heart of the Hanseatic city, IBA Hamburg will be staging around 60 social, cultural and building-related projects and programmes as a blueprint for the 21st century, showing how the metropolis can continue to grow in a socially and ecologically balanced way. The IBA project occupies an area of 35 square kilometres on Hamburg’s Elbe islands of Wilhelmsburg and Veddel and in the Harburg Upriver Port. It aims to be a model of sustainable and future-oriented inner city development. This is an area inhabited by 55,000 people of more than 100 different nationalities.

Sustainable impulses for the development of the city
Following a review of Hamburg’s municipal development at the start of the 21st century, Hamburg’s Elbe islands acquired new importance in planning terms. They now represent a crucial springboard for the ‘leap over the Elbe’ between the HafenCity district in the north and Harburg in the south. With a view to encouraging the realisation of the ‘leap’ project, IBA Hamburg GmbH [IBA Hamburg & Co. Ltd.] was founded as a 100 percent subsidiary of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. Based on the development of an innovative municipal agreement, the IBA Convention, more than 100 IBA partners are now supporting the work of the company. Nearly 40 private investors have also been found to back the scheme, investing more than 600 million euros in projects for the future of the metropolis. It is hoped that by 2013 more than 1200 new dwellings will be put up on IBA Hamburg’s territory. Processes triggered by the International Building Exhibition should result in even greater potential for residential building in the project area in the years up to 2020, amounting to another 5000 new dwellings or more.
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