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HafenCity University (DE): Future of Cities Forum, Munich case study and more!

HCU will host the 5th IMAGINE Steering Committee Meeting

From 26th to 27th March, 2014, HCU will host the 5th IMAGINE Steering Committee Meeting in Hamburg. During the meeting, a trip to selected examples of the International Building Exhibition IBA Hamburg is planned, e.g. the Energy Bunker, Georgswerder Energy Hill and model projects of Hamburg´s “Top Climate Plan: Achieving Environmentally Friendly Buildings with the IBA”.

The IBA ended in 2013 after a period of seven years with aiming at kick-starting and developing the transformation of the Elbe island (Wilhelmsburg, Veddel and Upriver Port Harburg) into a sustainable and livable city area and responding to the question of how cities could look like in the future. The excursion will point out how Hamburg aims to decrease the use of energy, increase resource efficiency, install renewable energies and improve the quality of life.

HCU presented the Assessment Grid at the Future of Cities Forum 2013

From 4 to 7 September 2013, the "Future of Cities Forum 2013 – A Forum for Regenerative Urban Developments" took place in Hamburg. The forum was organised by the World Future Council in cooperation with the City of Hamburg, the World Bank, IBA Hamburg, HCU, IBM and the World Urban Campaign, and gathered 150 people from all over the world. Mayors, planners, representatives, scientists and city experts from Africa, North and South America, Asia and Europe came together to discuss future developments of cities and urban agglomerations in the world.

The focus of discussions was not only about possibilities of development, but also about obstacles and requirements for cities within the diversity of framework conditions in different countries. The forum offered a suitable platform for the presentation of the IMAGINE Assessment Grid under the form of a poster. Thus, a feedback on the Assessment Grid could be given while also contributing to the question: How to measure the progress to a regenerative city in the future? Furthermore, Stéphane Dupas (Energy Cities) went into details about the necessity and the development process for the Assessment Grid during his participation as a speaker in the panel discussion “Measuring Progress: Indicators for a Regenerative City”.

For further information about the Forum please follow the link:

Outcomes of the first case study analysis on the City of Munich

During the third period of the IMAGINE project, HCU developed a theoretical heuristic on the analysis of four case study cities. A working paper, which is provided for all project partners, explains the theoretical background, research questions and research methods for the analysis of the local situations concerning the process of energy transition in the case study cities. Their local activities will be analyzed against the background of the Transition Management concept. The first city to be analyzed was Munich/Germany.

HCU conducted interviews with different stakeholders to answer the following questions:

  • From the perspective of Transition Management, which activities can be traced in the specific case study?
  • What role does the local authority play in the process?
  • Regarding the Transition Management concept, which recommendations can be derived for each case study city to enhance and support the specific transition process?
  • Which insight can be derived for empirical application of Transition Management as analytical framework for transitions in process?

The outcomes were presented to the project partners at the IMAGINE Steering Committee Meeting in Milton-Keynes (UK) on 18 and 19September 2013. Currently the interviews from Modena (IT) are in the process of interpretation. The third city in focus is Odense in Denmark.

Miscellaneous: New researcher joined the team at HCU

On 1 August 2013, Katharina Klindworth joined the research team at HCU. Katharina finished her studies of urban planning at HCU and brings in experiences with climate change in planning issues.

Contributor: Katja Säwert, HafenCity University

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