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From 2006 to 2013 the International Building Exhibition IBA Hamburg provided a major impetus for innovation in urban development. Overall, around seventy projects were carried out over this period, including residential buildings, pioneering case studies, educational and sports facilities, senior citizens’ centres, local commercial hubs and creative venues, the widely celebrated Energy Bunker, and parks and open spaces. These now define the cityscape in southern Hamburg, the area composed of the long-neglected districts of Wilhelmsburg, Veddel, and Harburg Upriver Port. The IBA Hamburg produced many new solutions and ideas for future construction. It created living space and demonstrated how a twenty-first century metropolis can grow in an environmentally and socially balanced way.

Even after the end of the Building Exhibition, a holistic approach and fresh, groundbreaking ideas for climate-friendly urban construction form the main focus of the planning work carried out by the IBA Hamburg GmbH, which, as an urban project developer, is now participating in the next stage of the city of Hamburg’s evolution.

With the Internationale Bauausstellung (IBA) Hamburg the Free and Hanseatic City dares a leap across the Elbe – to the Elbe islands Wilhelmsburg, Veddel, Kleiner Grasbrook and the Harburg castle island. From Hamburg’s “forgotten backyard” to the future lab of the metropolis: the IBA Hamburg focuses on the potentials of the international urban society – the COSMOPOLIS – the design of the „inner peripheries“ – the METROZONES – and the CITY UNDER CLIMATE CHANGE. Until the year 2013, when the Elbe islands will not only host the final presentation, but also an International Garden Show, numerous participants will work on the future of the metropolis. A series of publications will accompany the IBA on its way. Volume 1 features a retrospective of former International Building Exhibitions in Germany, an outlook on projects of the IBA Hamburg, and complex considerations of the metropolis phenomenon.



Half of mankind lives in cities and the tendency is on the increase. These people use the greater part of our energy and yet also produce the most pollutants – with far-reaching consequences for the world climate. The other way around, climate change has an impact on urban life, influencing living conditions in the city. These tremendous changes herald the departure into a new age. The International Building Exhibition Hamburg focuses on this theme, taking a detailed look at "The City in Climate Change". Volume 2 of the series "Metropolis" illuminates causes and examines previous efforts in architecture, town planning and urban development planning with the intention of reflecting on strategies and visions for a new, appropriate form of urban living.

Transition from the industrial to the information society calls for a new kind of learning. Outstanding potentials for this exist in urban communities, where there is a concentration of both formal and informal educational facilities for children, youths, and adults; these must be developed. Urban space and the architecture of educational institutions can create inviting, encouraging, and inspiring settings in which to learn. The International Building Exhibition Hamburg adopts such contexts as a working emphasis within the framework of its key theme COSMOPOLIS. Volume 3 in the METROPOLIS: series enquires after the new city of the information society and its need for innovative “pedagogic architecture,” and also presents examples of reformative intervention for discussion.

In the midst of our cities, on waste ground between city and landscape, streets of traffic and port or industrial areas, there are some exciting urban spaces: metrozones, the most important potentials for sustainable development. Here, the inner city is suddenly cut off, and the full dynamics of the metropolis and its streams of people and goods can develop—in a unique language of functioning, provision, and distribution. At present, entirely new fields of possibility are opening up in such places, giving rise to innovative, sustainable strategies of urban development: projects that solve the conflicts burdening such districts and generate a new quality of urban space—not suburban idylls, but powerful, lively areas that create a new part of the city within the city. Volume 4 of the METROPOLIS: series illuminates strategies and shows visions for the urban transformation of metrozones in the 21st century.



There is more to globalisation than international financial and trade networks. Globalisation also creates an international urban society: the Cosmopolis. The aim of the Internationale Bauausstellung (International Building Exhibition) IBA Hamburg is to adapt the city to the needs of citizens of this cosmopolis and to give them the opportunity to develop. Volume 5 of the IBA’s series of publications deals with the structure of the communities inhabited by citizens of this cosmopolis—the places where they live, move and operate. In the light of demographic change, the book focuses on questions such as whether—and, above all, how—the armoury of urban planning and of architecture can be used to overcome the social and cultural barriers within urban societies, how ethnic and cultural diversity can become positive strengths, and how this can happen under the conditions of a worldwide trend of urbanisation that is coming up against its ecological limits.



What influence do new media have on active participation and involvement in the city? How can planning be democratically legitimized? What are the challenges faced by planning law and procedures, as a result of the increasingly vocalized requests for participation? And in what ways can and should citizens’ contributions complement the knowledge of experts? The involvement of civil society is a synonym for the willingness to shape the living environment, therefore it is increasingly becoming a permanent feature of politics and planning. Volume 6 of the IBA series discusses the opportunities brought by this development and its consequences for the future of cities. Practical examples afford insight into the planning and participation methods of several German cities and world regions. The experiences IBA Hamburg have had with very varied participation models, commented on from a range of perspectives, form a central point of focus.
Lastly, it is about the relationship between planners and politicians on the one hand and citizens on the other, and how the planning procedures should adapt to the constantly changing social circumstances in a forward-looking and innovative way.



Designing the future of cities in the twenty-first century: this is the task taken on by the Internationale Bauausstellung (International Building Exhibition) IBA Hamburg. Its projects make an innovative and sustainable contribution to current metropolitan development issues. In the heart of the Hanseatic city of Hamburg, the IBA Hamburg is presenting, until 2013, more than sixty building, social, and cultural projects and programmes to demonstrate how major cities can undergo ecologically and socially balanced growth in the present day. Covering 35 square kilometres, the IBA’s project site on Hamburg’s Elbe Islands of Wilhelmsburg and Veddel, as well as the Harburg upriver port, is intended to provide a role model for sustainable, future-oriented inner city development. These islands are home to around 55,000 people from more than 100 countries.
With this, the seventh volume in the METROPOLIS: series, the IBA Hamburg, in its presentation year, 2013. provides an annotated overview of the projects and the three themes: Cosmopolis, Metrozones, and Cities and Climate Change.
In keeping with the tradition and commitment to quality of the “IBA brand,” this volume presents an innovative review of planning and construction as well as venturing an initial reflection, both internal and external, on the seven-year development and implementation process. Not least, METROPOLIS: BUILDING THE CITY ANEW recognises the involvement and commitment of all those whose participation has played such a key role in the success of the IBA Hamburg. And, looking ahead, the first responses to the question “Where do we go from here?” are already right there.



Metropolis Vol. 1–7

Out of print

All seven volumes of the series "Metropolis” with a cloth banderole:

1: Reflecions
2: Resources
3: Education
4: Metrozones
5: Cosmopolis
6: Civil Society
7: Building The City Anew