When you are thinking of sustainable houses and offices, you can imagine solar panels on the rooftop, double glazing windows or smart reuse of rainwater. For a house owner these choices are relatively easy to make. But what if you’re not an owner but a tenant?
Nothing sums up the city of Hamburg better than the 41,8 meter high energy bunker close to the up-and-coming underprivileged neighbourhood Wilhelmsburg. And this is why: Hamburg city centre harbours a thriving shopping area, historic buildings as well as (super) modern high-rise buildings, a tremendously photogenic sea port (including a state-of-the-art ferris wheel), dozens of museums, a vibrant nightlife and spanking-new HafenCity, a sustainably developed district including apartments, shops and companies.
Today was our first day in Hamburg! One of our main themes here is sustainable building. This city is located at the Elbe and close to the North Sea which means it will be be affected by rising sea levels. Building with an eye on the future is therefore important for the future of this city.
In Hamburg we’ve visited the temporary exhibition on ‘Fast Fashion’ at the Museum fűr Kunst und Gewerbe (MK&G) and we spoke with Kirsten Hagemann (Greenpeace) who’s working on the current campaign against Fast Fashion. The visit was very impressive and made us think: why is it so hard to improve the way we produce, buy, use and recycle clothes, shoes and accessories?
What happens when a municipality and a couple of land developers are asked to find a new lay-out for an old harbour? Apparently, they start with asking some questions. For example: “ What makes a good city?” and “How can we keep warm yet stay CO2 free?”
Nudge Explorers Circular Cities proudly presents the 5 winners of the Nudge Leadership Challenge 2014. The 5 Dutch Young Leaders in Sustainability will be touring Europe by train to investigate and promote the necessity and feasibility of a circular economy.
nanoCure GbR is a German company working with high-performance coatings and additives with a nanotechnology background. With this technology, they have created several products that can be applied as coatings on materials with incredible features.
The port of Hamburg, Europe’s third-largest container port, is setting the bar for green, sustainable business solutions. The vibrant industrial and commercial hub in the north of Germany demonstrates that environment protection and economic success can go hand in hand.
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Nudge Explores Circular Cities Tour 2015 will be in Hamburg from May 14th to May 16th. In Hamburg we will learn about the challenges of Europe’s future urban development: How to be prepared for rising sea levels? How to make sure energy is generated and distributed in a smart and clean way? What role do citizens play in developing healthy cities?