“Science is lived in the neighbourhood”

Hamburg is boosting its profile as a city of science. Science, research and teaching are to become driving future forces in the shaping of vibrant districts. A key milestone on this path is to be set with the location Bahrenfeld: the existing campus – consisting of the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), parts of the Universität Hamburg and further scientific institutes – is to be expanded and enlarged with the addition of other university science faculties, technology and start-up centres, and campus facilities. The linkage with existing and new residential areas, the sport and recreational amenities, the Altona Volkspark as a green core, the transformation of the main thoroughfare into a science boulevard, the new rapid-transit railway connections, as well as the perspectives for science-related companies and innovative businesses – all these factors combine to make Science City Bahrenfeld a comprehensive urban-development project in the coming years.

In cooperation with Spengler Wiescholek architects and WES LandschaftsArchitektur, Urban Catalyst drew up an overall vision for Science City Bahrenfeld, as well as urban-development and open-space use concepts, formulated together with the participating stakeholders (including the university, the DESY, and the Hamburg Office of Science, Research and Equality (BWFG) and the Office of Urban Planning and Housing (BSW)). Urban Catalyst assumed responsibility for the conception and implementation of the stakeholder workshops, the profiling and the spatial translation of the groundbreaking future topics of the Science City, and the visual representation of the overall strategic concept. In addition, Urban Catalyst processed the results in texts and images to produce an effective public brochure, which amongst other things also formed the basis for an Excellence Cluster application by the Universität Hamburg within the framework of the federal and state Excellence Strategy.



COMMISSIONED BY Behörde für Stadtentwicklung und Wohnen, Freie & Hansestadt Hamburg
Project partners Spengler Wiescholek Architekten, WES LandschaftschaftsArchitektur
Project TEAM Lukas Halemba, Prof. Klaus Overmeyer, Bärbel Offergeld
timeline 03/2018 - 01/2019


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