Monday, August 24, 2009

EcoCity Hamburg

Hamburg, Germany's new planned EcoCity by TecArchitecture and Arup has received a lot of attention as of late... let's take a look:

:: image via WAN

Wind turbines... check. Green roofs and walls... check. Water and futuristic, semi-biomorphic building forms... check. Reuse of structures... check... Multiple green rating systems... check! Looks like an eco-city...

Ok, I'm being coy, because I think the idea is interesting and it's obviously a sales tool, but I always want to see the social side of the eco. Here's some of the info via WAN: "Comprising ten major structures, ECO CITY offers a variety of different spaces for different purposes, bringing both large-scale industry and creative start-ups together in one, cooperative, and ecofriendly business community. The spaces range from studios to large warehouse and production facilities."

:: image via WAN

So there is a glimmer of social equity with industry + startups... and all living in perfect (yet sort of sterile) harmony... any issues with this particular juxtaposition of old and new?

:: image via WAN

World Architecture News adds some details: "The majority of all visible roofs will be green roofs, serving to slow storm water runoff and significantly reducing the heat island effect of ECO CITY. Green areas will be elevated to the second story where there is more access to air and sunlight. In addition to roof gardens, more than half the site will be covered with vertical gardens, further minimizing the development’s carbon footprint and maximizing leisure space. These raised green beltways will create a microclimate of sorts, allowing workers and visitors ample outdoor recreation space."

As always - nice form... now for the follow through. Read and see more at ArchDaily, and Treehugger.


  1. Sorry, there's nothing new in this, a mish-mash catalogue of all the popular "green" concepts collaged together with no genuine innovation. Even simple architectural strategies, eg. how to build photovoltaic claded highrises, have not been exhibited here. It looks too much like gimmicks than any measurable, quantifiable ideas in building future sustainable cities that foster a closer community and facilitate a greener lifestyle.

  2. I always have the same problem with these projects, or at least the renderings.... the ground plane is an abandonded wasteland. Where are the active uses that should be at the bases of the buildings? Who would want to be in a public space surrounded by blank walls (or walls sheilding parking)? No one. So it would be an empty desolate space. Which is maybe what they're going for?

  3. Judging by the photos, a great looking and environmental city at the same time! I thought white rooftops were the new green as they reflect the heat.


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