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Two Cities' Bold Plans to Make Cars Obsolete

Carless Cities and Public Transport

Helsinki and Hamburg are both striving to vastly improve urban transport in less than a generation. The Helsinki Times boldly states that “the future resident of Helsinki will not own a car.” Hamburg, meanwhile, has announced a plan to create and link 27 square miles of green spaces throughout the city.[read more]

Hamburg's Ambitious Green Network Addresses Nature, Climate Resilience, Sustainable Transportation

January 14, 2014 by Kaid Benfield

Sustainable City Transit

The German city of Hamburg, the 2011 European Green Capital, has announced an ambitious plan to create and link an amazing 27 square miles of new and existing green space all over the city. The result will be a city that puts nature within easier reach of every resident.[read more]

Hamburg’s Creative Class and the Post-Creative City

January 7, 2013 by Urban Times

Over the last 10 years Hamburg has become the setting for an intense debate around urban policy and creative cities. Some experts, including creative class ‘creator’ Richard Florida, even suggest that the case of Hamburg could constitute a new model for socially sustainable creative cities. Hamburg is exemplary of Florida’s creative class idea.[read more]

Reimagining Model Cities

During last week’s Transforming Transportation conference, Jaime Lerner expressed that one of the greatest compliments he has ever received was from his driver who told him that Curitiba looked exactly like the architectural model Lerner was carrying with him at the time.[read more]

How Hamburg Became the European Green Capital

November 21, 2011 by Kaid Benfield

   Last year the European Union began honoring cities for exemplary environmental efforts by designating one each year as the “European Green Capital.”  Stockholm won the designation for 2010, and Hamburg won it for 2011.  The tenth largest city in Europe (city population 1.8 million, metro area 4.3 million), Hamburg...[read more]

Amphibious Housing

April 14, 2011 by Fabian Neuhaus

Picking up on the recent topic of how urban areas deal with water this new Nai Publisher book 'Amphibious Housing in the Netherlands' offers a very methodological discussion of different approach and strategies for living with water in urbanised areas. THe authors Ane Loes Nillesen and Jeroen Singelenberg highlight the change in attitude...[read more]


Hamburg is the European Green Capital 2011

November 30, 2010 by Helmuth Ziegler

Starting this year, the European Commission will award the title of "European Green Capital". The title honors cities with excellent performance in environmental protection and climate change mitigation. The EU Commission believes that the title will foster competition between cities as well as lead to exchange of best practices exchange...[read more]

The Urban Office That's More Than Green

January 4, 2010 by This Big City

Hamburg’s Office for Urban Development and the Environment has recently unveiled this colourful and energy-efficient office, set for completion in 2013. The concept of the building is ‘seven houses’, which are contained within the high rise unit and two wings. The rainbow colour scheme references the importance of the number seven in...[read more]