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HafenCity—Urbanity, Sustainability and Resilience

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    Free and open to the public

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    Knowledge Community



HafenCity (Harbor City) in Hamburg, Germany is one of the most innovative flood protected districts in the world. This vibrant new residential, office and civic neighborhood resulted from a bold vision to transform Hamburg’s former port, a 388-acre area, vulnerable to storm surges and sea level rise. Redevelopment was catalyzed by initial public investment for streets and infrastructure elevated by 25 feet. Now 70% built out, HafenCity has been financed predominantly through private investment, and this public-private partnership approach has attracted significant developer competition and leading architecture and engineering design. HafenCity is a leading example of proactive district-scale climate adaptation, including social impact investments and innovative low-carbon transportation and energy systems. Lessons learned from this example can help inform Boston’s implementation of its Climate Ready Boston plan at a district-scale.

Prof. Bruns-Berentelg will be in Boston for one day only speaking about his work at BSA Space. Please join the BSA, BSA Foundation and Boston Harbor Now for this very special presentation followed by a moderated discussion with John Macomber, Senior Lecturer & Real Estate Fellow, Harvard Business School.

In his capacity as CEO of HafenCity Hamburg GmbH, Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg has been the driving force for HafenCity’s redevelopment since 2003. He is a professor for integrated urban development at HafenCity University and a regular national and international speaker on innovative large-scale urban development.

Registration begins at 8:00 am. Program starts promptly at 8:30 am. Space is limited, so pre-register today to guarantee your spot.


Your registration includes acceptance of the BSA Space photo release and consent policy. Registrants to this event will be added to the BSA Space mailing list for updates on future programs and exhibitions. Registrants may unsubscribe at any time. Email addresses will not be shared or sold to third parties.

Co-hosted by Boston Harbor Now and Sustainable Solutions Lab, UMASS Boston.