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Hamburg Eco City and the Creative Inustrial Co (1)

Hamburg Eco City and the Creative Inustrial Co (1)

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Published by Evan Schoepke
A great article about Hamburg Germany's new eco city complex
A great article about Hamburg Germany's new eco city complex

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Published by: Evan Schoepke on Nov 18, 2009
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Evan SchopkeFall O9 ILCSustainable Community Development and Education
Hamburg Eco-city and Creative Industrial Complex
Hamburg Germany is a European port cityknown for paramount sustainabledevelopment.Widely known as the "GermanVenice" Hamburg is advancing urban planningand design, ecologically friendly building, andsustainability education to become one of theworld's most innovative developing ecocities.Recently, Hamburg has unveiled a design for aurban ecocity complex
that would providemyriad ecological and social benefits.The three fundamentalcornerstones of sustainability are equity, ecology, and economyand Hamburg's new ecocity complex hits all three.By embracingsustainable education in conjunction with strategic ecological andeconomic investment Hamburg has brought new force to the ideaof the "creative industrial complex" and the vast potential itholds.Hamburg is also home to the Hamburg University and tothe unique Hafencity University of Architecture and CityDevelopment which offers a wide variety of interdisciplinarycourses related to eco-city innovation.It is for these reasonsthat Hamburg was nominated twice as the official city of theUNDecade of Education For Sustainable Development
and theEUEuropean Green Capital City for 2011.The creative industrial complex can be defined as the fusion of educational, expressive, and industrial capacities with in an
integrated and compact environment in order to promotecreativity, ecological stewardship, and cooperative businessactivity and growth.The development of the creative industrialcomplex happens by three means.First of all, there must beappropriate infrastructure investment both in sustainableinfrastructure (green roofs, water catchment, compost andrecycling, passive and active solar design ect) as well aseducation (demonstration spaces, classrooms, laboratories,studios).This infrastructure provides the incubation environmentfor innovative businesses which will then sustain the viability of complex as a whole.Having these diverse groups workingtogether who are dedicated to principals of sustainability in acompact location creates a unique cultural nexus. This happensby means of a natural cultural feedback loop when a saturation of cultural values that promote healthy environmental and socialpractices, diversity, and expression ends up reinforcing thosevalues with into the larger material culture. The other primarydistinguishing feature of the creative industrial complex is theinteraction with the public sphere.Through out the HamburgEco-City Complex there will be numerous educational displaysand galleries educating visitors as to the numerous environmentaltechnologies employed on site, as well as, the occupants activitiesand individual contribution to sustainable practices.Thisengagement with the broader public brings education andinnovation into the public realm and inspiration into the privaterealm, where firms can then customize designs based on publicfeedback and input.Itis this unique cultural intersection thatimpacets lasting changes in behavior, ways of thinking, and material structure.This cultureof sustainability reinforces and furthers thegrowth of the technological innovation that thecomplex employs.The hamburg ecocity will feature the latest ingreen technology and landscaping.The overall lay outincorporates easily walkable and eye catching environments thatare close to public transportation.Green roofs help tocool thebuilding and also clean storm water runoff.Energy generation in

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