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Osaka 9 – the new HafenCity Sustainability Pavilion

The HafenCity InfoCenter in Kesselhaus now also has a "green" branch. Since May 2011 the Osaka 9 Sustainability Pavilion on the Magdeburger Hafen promenade has been bringing HafenCity’s sustainability themes alive. The 120 sq. m exhibition space provides a compact overview of the most important topics of ecological urban development. The HafenCity Sustainability Pavilion is also the local information point for European Green Capital 2011, during and beyond Hamburg’s tenure.

Jutta Blankau, Hamburg senator for urban development and environment, at the new Sustainability Pavilion (middle). (© ELBE&FLUT)

On the occasion of the presentation, Jutta Blankau, Hamburg senator for urban development and environment, said: "HafenCity, as Europe’s largest inner city land recycling project and with its sustainability standards, has made a considerable contribution to Hamburg being awarded the title of European Green Capital 2011. The Sustainability Pavilion makes it clear that sustainability will remain a central theme in the development of Hamburg’s largest urban regeneration project over the long term."

As Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg, chief executive of HafenCity Hamburg GmbH put it: "Through its activities at various levels, HafenCity is already regarded as an international model project for ecological sustainable urban development. To attain this quality, intelligent management is needed, as well as active participation by many parties – the companies that build sustainable buildings or users who grasp the chance of sustainable mobility. The new pavilion is a source of information and motivation to regard the process of ecological sustainability as a joint venture and to perceive sustainability not as a technical solution, but it as a strategic approach."

The exhibition commences with the redevelopment of the old industrial and port uses site into the central location for homes, work, leisure and culture (brownfield development). Particular emphasis is given to efficient use of land and the high density of uses. Energy-saving mobility is another focus: starting from the fine-grained mix of uses, the area is made attractive to pedestrians and cyclists, and high quality public transport is another feature. The proportion of motorized private transport is to drop overall to 30 per cent. Innovative approaches and project illustrate the topics of construction and energy supply: the HafenCity Ecolabel for sustainable construction was the first of its kind in Germany; heat supply, particularly for the eastern neighborhoods, unites local regenerative energy sources and extremely low CO2 emission limits with market efficiency. The goal is to achieve this quality without subsidies and through intelligent management.

The concept for the exhibition was by Büro Spine and Agentur Urbanista (Hamburg) supplied the content, which provides an informative overview but also selectively goes into more detail. A sculpture constructed of used euro-pallets is a pointer to the port and also integrates multimedia information on the subject of sustainable urban development. Additional information can be integrated on a continuous basis.

The exhibition pavilion also has a small café managed by Elbfaire e.G. The products – whether coffee or food – all stem from sustainable and fair growers. Elbfaire will also be running the café in the new Ecumenical Forum.

Individual visitors and groups can find out more in German and English. As in HafenCity-Infocenter in Kesselhaus, presentations and guided tours are offered free. There is also a dedicated event programme, e.g. with discussion opportunities and themed events. Last but not least, the HafenCity Sustainability Pavilion is also the starting point for special environmental tours where the subjects in the exhibition can be experienced at first hand: the density of the neighborhoods, the carefully designed open spaces, the fast pathway connections, the ecologically outstanding buildings – and much more.