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Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize: Hamburg Earns ‘Special Mention’

The Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize, one of the most prestigious city prizes in the world, was awarded in Singapore on Monday, 9 July 2018. The grand prize went to South Korea’s capital, Seoul. HafenCity also received an important distinction: Hamburg (Germany), Tokyo (Japan), Kazan (Russia), and Surabaya (Indonesia) each earned a Special Mention. The award ceremony was held as part of the World City Conference

Hamburg (Germany), Tokyo (Japan), Kazan (Russia), and Surabaya (Indonesia) each received a Special Mention. Prof. Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg, CEO of HafenCity Hamburg GmbH (pictured third from the left), took part in the award ceremony, representing the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.

The Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize was awarded last Monday in Singapore. Hamburg earned a Special Mention from the jury, who praised it as an appealing, attractive city. A distinguished international evaluation committee led by U.S.-based Prof. Marilyn Jordon Taylor spent several days in the fall of 2017 visiting Hamburg, and met with the city’s former First Mayor, Olaf Scholz, during that time.

During the visit, the delegation was briefed on key political topics such as housing, inclusion of refugees, the many changes underfoot in the city’s educational and training sector, and sustainability strategies. The committee visited research institutions such as the German Climate Computing Centre and placed a special focus on viewing large city development projects such as HafenCity, the International Architecture Exhibition, and the Hamburger Deckel construction site in the district of Altona.

This year’s grand prize went to South Korea’s capital, Seoul. In recent years, it was awarded to Bilbao, Spain (2010), New York (2012), Suzhou, China (2014), and Medellín, Colombia (2016). This time around, Hamburg, Tokyo, Kazan, and Surabaya each earned a Special Mention, a sign of international recognition. The Special Mentions for 2016 went to Auckland (New Zealand), Sydney (Australia), Toronto (Canada), and Vienna (Austria). This year’s award ceremony was held as part of the World City Conference. Prof. Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg, CEO of HafenCity GmbH, represented Hamburg at the event. HafenCity Hamburg GmbH developed and coordinated Hamburg’s application for the prize.

“Hamburg has successfully implemented its high-density supply strategy in the face of challenges such as the increasing demand for housing and the traffic situation. HafenCity serves as a prime example of successful urban development,” summarized the jury protocol. The selection committee also emphasized the exemplary precedent that Hamburg sets for other cities that are also interested in boosting their economy by offering a multifaceted range of educational programs and promoting a high quality of life.

The Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize is one of the world’s most prestigious city prizes, and is awarded every two years.

 

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