Last week Copenhagenize’s Morten Kabell and Lorenz Siegel joined a selection of Europe’s leading architecture, planning, and urbanism offices to tackle the big challenges at the 7th International Bauforum in Hamburg. First held in 1980, the Bauforum has proven to be a creative institution with the goal to rethink Hamburg as a city as well as a starting point for defining urban changes, including the innovative Hafencity development.
During five exciting and demanding days, the Copenhagenize Team redesigned Hamburg’s Ring 2 arterial road with the approach to significantly reduce car traffic, remove street hierarchies, untie traffic knots and most importantly give space for more efficient and sustainable modes of transport. Like many urban ring roads, the Ring 2 arterial functions as a series of corridors, rather than one continuous functional loop. With this in mind, the team presented a series of refreshing ideas to help shake the city of 20th Century car-centric thinking. The result was a pool of ideas and concepts that will give inspiration to how Hamburg is handling its most important connectors and arterial streets over the course of the next 50 years.