IBA Metrozones

Project information

Index: 1217R4
Priority:2: Environment and risk prevention
Sub Theme:Natural and technological risks (including climate change)
Location GERMANY HAMBURG Hamburg Hamburg Start/End date of the practice
Start: 2007
End: 2013

Topic of the practice

Climate mitigation

Good Practice Information

The “IBA Metrozones” is part of the International Building Exhibition (IBA) Hamburg, in the districts Wilhelmsburg, Veddel and Harburg (35 km²). The IBA is a large-scale urban development project which German cities use for new impulses for (re-) development of a certain district. The area contains residential districts, industrial sites and several traffic arteries, all with mixed land ownership.
The IBA planning strategy demonstrates how inner peripheries can be transformed into attractive neighbourhoods. Within the “Metrozones–New Urban Spaces” strategy, attractive homes and workplaces are being created in the city centre, which also helps to reduce demand pressure on popular in-neighbourhoods. The strategy realized mixed land use, applied innovative technical solutions of energy efficient and flexible construction to adapt to changing uses while contributing to climate mitigation.

Evidence of success

The IBA’s planning and realisation process (2007–2013) was used to accelerate the realisation of the city’s overall urban development strategy. The IBA process which is the underlying concept of the “Metrozones” is transferable to other districts. Working towards a defined goal within a set timeframe and the organization and coordination of the planning process through a city-owned company is applicable to other districts or cities. Combined planning and development helps to create a more creative and integrative planning process.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Jan Gerbitz

IBA Hamburg GmbH



Annex completed on: 11-27-2014

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