The HafenCity Hamburg GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of the city of Hamburg and responsible for the development management of the HafenCity – a newly build district at the waterfront of Hamburg.
The HafenCity is an area of approx. 383 acres and one of the most important inner-city urban development projects in Europe. It will expand the city center of Hamburg by 40 percent. The new part of the city – located between the historical “Speicherstadt“ and the river Elbe – will be build with an urban mixture of housing, services, culture, leisure, tourism and trade. The completion of the development of the whole area is planned until 2020/2025.
The HafenCity Hamburg GmbH organized in co-operation with the Bremen University and the HafenCity University Hamburg a symposium regarding urban development. The internationally top-class symposium took place on March 6 – 7, 2008, in the HafenCity Hamburg itself. It was headlined “Planning Urbanity: Life, Work, Space in the New Downtown“. The emphasis lied on the planning ability of urbanity in the spatial context of new city centers. In charge of the scientific coordination was Professor Ilse Helbrecht, vice chairman of the advisory council of the HafenCity Hamburg GmbH and deputy head of Bremen University.
Approximately 90 participants from sciences, economy, politics, culture and other domains came to the “Kesselhaus” – the information center of the HafenCity – to join the symposium. They listened to many interesting lectures of well-known city planners, architects and sociologists revolving around the question of the planning ability of urbanity.
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