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New opportunities for the city 

How can an increasingly urban society release its powers? Deve-loping its key theme COSMOPOLIS, IBA Hamburg demonstrates what the future of cooperation in the metropolis might look like.

Diversity opens up opportunities

The Elbe islands are already a cosmopolis today: they are home to people from more than one hundred nations. It is IBA Hamburg’s goal to adapt the city to the needs of its residents and to provide them with diverse opportunities for development. The focus is on the issue of whether and / or how social and cultural barriers within urban society and against the background of demographic change can be overcome by means of urban development and architecture and on how ethnic and cultural diversity can be transformed into strengths.

Model projects

The issue of education is a focal point imple-mented through the “Bildungsoffensive” (Education drive). This is a quest not only for new teaching approaches and concepts for improving the education situation in the strongly immigrant districts, it also facilitates the establishment of new, ground-breaking educational facilities, with the main focus on the networking of protagonists. However, the projects focussing on homes and lifestyles are also designed to demonstrate new paths towards the cosmopolitan city, and to ensure that people from all walks of life can live on the Elbe islands, because „home is where you stay“.

The “Kreatives Quartier Elbinsel” (Elbe Islands Creative Quarter) projects play an exemplary role in bringing art, culture, and the creative industry together with urban development. The IBA also attaches great importance to the promotion of local economies in that its projects include systematic measures reaching beyond employment initiatives in order to help the resident population gain qualifications.



Elbe Islands Agency for Business and Schools

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A Bakery for Johanna

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Centre of Language and Excercise

Learning in motion

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Education Centre Stübenhofer Weg

Lerning by Doing

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Education Drive

Safeguarding the future in the learning metropolis

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Elbe Islands Creative Quarter

Cultural Diversity Projects

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Elbe Islands Creative Quarter

Arts Platform

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Elbe Islands Creative Quarter

Art Creates Work

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Elbe Islands Creative Quarter

Spaces for the Art

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Elbe Islands Creative Quarter

LABORatory for Art and Urban Development

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Elbe Islands Creative Quarter

Creativity meets City

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Gateway to the World Educational Centre

Education for the whole quarter

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Global Neighbourhood

Reconstruction of a Residential Quarter

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Global Neighbourhood - building modernisation, designing of open areas, new housing construction

The Global Neighbourhood is taking shape

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Global Neighbourhood - Weimarer Platz with Pavilion

The New Heart of the Weltquartier

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Global Neighbourhood - World Commercial Park

A Place to Work not far from Home for Local Companies and Founders of New Businesses

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House of Projects

New job opportunities in boat building

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Intercultural Public Spaces

Equal rights for everybody

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Learning by Doing

Education Centre Stübenhofer Weg

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Media home made - numerous opportunities under one roof

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Children and Adolescence shape their quarter

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Multipurpose Circuit

New tracks on the Elbe Islands - on foot, on rollers or on wheels

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New Hamburg Terraces

Urban Living at the Garden Exhibition

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Rotenhäuser Feld

Public Space for the Intercultural Neighbourhood

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University of Neighbourhoods

Temporary architecture for the learning city

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Growing older in a shared community

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