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HafenCity – Secret Project 

Or how to invent a new city quarter 

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HafenCity – Secret Project
Or how to invent a new city quarter

Hard cover
280 pages
with about 100 illustrations
Language
German
Format
13.8 cm x 19.5 cm
Editors/Authors
Volkwin Marg (Ed.),
Gert Kähler
Publisher
Dölling und Galitz Verlag
Price
EUR 19.90 (when sold in Germany)
ISBN
978-3-86218-092-9

Order
www.dugverlag.de

Photographers
Heiner Leiska
www.leiska.de

On 17 May 1997, Henning Voscherau, First Mayor of the City of Hamburg, announced at the select Übersee Club, that a large part of the port area between Kehrwiederspitze and Elbbrücken would be re-classified and re-modelled to create an inner city extension, a new urban quarter with workplaces, leisure facilities, shopping, and apartments – and establish what has been named the new "HafenCity". That was sensational news! But the real sensation was – and is – that the project had been prepared in secret for five years…

It almost sounds like a thriller when Gert Kähler recounts the political maneuvers that were necessary to make the secret HafenCity project become a reality. The main protagonists were Peter Dietrich, boss of the HHLA, the most important Hamburg port company, and Henning Voscherau. Kähler recounts the situation that had to be faced at the time: booming container traffic, the commercial wake-up call from the East following unification and – last but not least – the rekindled love of Hamburg’s citizens for an urban ambiance and lifestyle at the Elbe waterfront, made it necessary to build a new container terminal at an existing port section in Altenwerder. "The port gives, the port takes…"
The author Gert Kähler is an architectural historian and journalist with numerous publications on the subjects of 20th century cities and architecture.
The editor, Volkwin Marg, has been linked with the HafenCity topic since 1986 at the latest, when he fought for the preservation of the historic port basin, which enabled him – ten years later – to provide an urban design concept.