Lizzie becomes a Hamburger !

Wisconsinite. North Carolinian? Danish… HAMBURGER !

Known for the Beatles, as the second-largest city in Germany, post-industrial/important port, solid currywurst, and as the European Green Capital in 2011. Population 1.8 million. Welcome to Hamburg.

 

Our teachers:

Regitze Hess – Why Cities Matter: European Urban Experience

Silvia Dragomir – Integrated Climate Change Planning

 

CORE COURSE WEEK

At first glance, Hamburg is an industrial city. Cranes dot the harbor and smokestacks are scattered throughout the city. So how did this city, known for its manufacturing, industry, and as a key harbor, transform into an innovative, sustainability leader? Redevelopment.

  • IBA DOCKS
    • Through a partnership with the International Building Exhibition, IBA Hamburg was chosen to host solutions to the world’s most pressing urban issues. This development projects is one of the largest in Europe. We started here, at the IBA Docks! This is an architectural feat of a floating building (many of which are implemented throughout Hamburg residentially, commercially, and publicly) and the home to our overview of the development.
    • On a tour of Wilhemsburg, an island away from the city center, we were introduced to the redevelopment project looking to provide a solution to the increasing population and climate pressures the city is facing. With 10-20,000 new residents each year, this growing city is looking to expand. Wilhelmsburg is truly a utopia of development. As the city tries to rewire the mindmap of citizens to put the neighborhood of Wilhelmsburg on the map, IBA Hamburg is introducing innovative buildings.
      • FLOATING HOMES– Hamburg’s solution to combatting rising sea levels.
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    • ALGAE, ENERGY PLUS HOME — This place uses microalgae which reproduces itself and produces energy! This is used to heat the building. Currently, it isn’t economically efficient; however if the number of algae panels surrounding the building were increased from 129 to 150, it would be.
      IMG_0400SMART MATERIAL HOMES —
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    • In short, this place is a true utopia for sustainable architecture. All the buildings are connected in an integrated energy network. Some homes producing and others taking energy as needed, to more efficiently utilize electricity. At first glance, it’s hard to believe an area like this even exists in Hamburg.
  • PLANBUDE
    • It’s all political. When isn’t it? In order to fight gentrification and support workers and residents of the St. Pauli neighborhood (often known as the Red Light District) PlanBude filled the void between the voices of the people and those in the government. It works to understand the needs of people in St. Pauli and incorporate them into development projects the government chooses to implement in St. Pauli.
    • Why fight gentrification? Hamburg brings in 22 million tourists a year, many that come through St. Pauli. Tourism is one of the reasons behind to changing nature of the area. Before, the neighborhood was home to many harbor workers that would leave the docks and come to St. Pauli to relax. Now, the few that live in the area and contribute to the culture and history of this area are being priced out.
      • Regitze took note of the increasing number of luxury stores. No longer do food markets dominate the cityscape, but pop-up clothing stores and cafes meant to cater to the tourists’ cash flow.
      • In fact, newcomers that bought housing in the area were often the ones that called the cops to complain about noise. But the noise and activity is inherent to the culture that is St Pauli. Members of St Pauli stated “don’t try to change the identity of a neighborhood”, but this makes me question whether or not this mimics the NIMBY (not in my backyard … against change) mindset? Yes. But it isn’t a negative in this situation.
    • *Sidenote* I thought it was funny. Someone mentioned to me that St Pauli was “in need of gentrification”. In terms of revitalizing an area, gentrifying an area and bringing in people, developers, and economic growth is positive. But growth centered around profit requires regulation. The basis for PROFIT = PRICE – COSTS, is meant to squander those without the means to advocate for their needs. If developer can’t control price, they have to cut costs to make a profit. And those costs hurt…? Here is where PLANBUDE comes in by creating development by listening to the needs and working with members of the community.
  • HAFENCITY
    • This project is actually Europe’s largest redevelopment projects. It takes an area of the city close to the water, once port, and changes it into a thriving neighborhood of parks, schools, commercial and residential builds, and entertainment.
    • Market of ideas vs Market of profit. Our tour guide explained how this model was possible in HafenCity. HafenCity redevelopment projects hold incredibly high standards — buildings must contribute to a car sharing system, 50% of parking must be allocated towards electric vehicles, and buildings on average have an energy savings 50% higher than the German average. These high standards come with HUGE COSTS, so what would motivate businesses to move to this area? Hafencity company isn’t looking to ismply make profit. By fixing the price of landplots, developers aren’t able to attain the land by putting in the highest bid. Instead, what has evolved is a market of ideas. A company with the best residential/commercial/social housing model is welcome to build. This market of ideas won’t work everywhere, but requires a strong economy, like that of Germany.

 

CHECK OUT MORE PHOTOS OF OUR TRIP IN THE GALLERY :). FEATURING CURRYWURST. NOMNOMNOM.

SO WHAT?

The best of the trip is of course, bonding. Who doesn’t love some good, ~wholesome~ bonding? NOT ME. I LOVES IT. Anyway, I really enjoyed my dinner conversation with Regitze and Silvia. The following is simply a rambling and thought exploration regarding topics we discussed that night:

  • SHORT v. LONG TERM MINDSETS
  • RATIONAL v. STRATEGIC PLANNING
  • MICHAEL BRAUNGART
  • REPEATING HUMAN PATTERNS/MISTAKES/CYCLES
  • GREEN INTEGRATION v. SPRAWLING GREEN SPACE
  • FOLLOWING TRENDS

** THIS RAMBLING IS IN THE WORKS AND WILL BE POSTED SHORTLY. TY FOR YOUR PATIENCE!**

MY FUNNIES

  • This isn’t in Hamburg… But recently in Copenhagen while I’ve been riding the S-Train, I’ve been thinking a lot about the movie called Train to Busan. If you haven’t seen it and enjoy horror movies, I would give it a watch. If you’re like me, meh; however, I really enjoy zombie apocalypse movies. Not sure why, but I do. Anyway, sometimes when the train goes underground by Norreport, I wonder if the zombies would start rampaging through and what I would do. It’s freaky ! Halp.
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