Hamburg has tailored its objectives in a match-making meeting

16 December 2020

Hamburg has tailored its objectives in a match-making meeting

On 25 and 27 of November, ARCH city partner the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg invited project partners to join a virtual match-making meeting. The goal of this event was to set up milestones for the upcoming months of the project and to further discuss the collaboration between research partners, local stakeholders and the city project team.

The Hamburg city case focuses on the Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District with Chilehaus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Integrating climate change adaptation into management of the site, including improved monitoring of impacts on built fabric, as well as on citizens, and increased community awareness are the main aims of the project in Hamburg.

Attendees were welcomed by the head of Hamburg’s heritage preservation department, Dr. Anna Joss, who highlighted the relevance of the ARCH project and said: “Natural hazards like storm surges or the rising sea level affect the cultural heritage in Hamburg already today and it will be vital to well monitor the changes and develop tools and methods to become more resilient.”

On day one of the meeting, the team from Hamburg gave insights into the status quo of the city case and recent developments. The updated local work plan and its three objectives were presented and discussed. The objectives of the Hamburg city case are:
• To expand and improve digital data management for buildings within Speicherstadt and Kontorhausviertel.
• To integrate climate change and related hazards within the future revised World Heritage Site management plan.
• To raise awareness in the local community and among visitors on the relevance of climate change to the World Heritage Site.

For the second day, ARCH research partners were asked to present their ideas and feedback on the local objectives. An active discussion about topics such 3D scans, requirement analysis, resilience assessments, the heritage site management plan, and sensor data brought to light new ways to collaborate and advance the city case. Hamburgs World Heritage Coordinator, Bernd Paulowitz, said: “The valuable expertise of our ARCH partners will help to enhance the resilience of the Speicherstadt and Kontorhausviertel. Together, we will gather data about the effect of climate change on this heritage site, develop management tools and use our updated knowledge for awareness campaigns and civic participation.”

Now, after this match-making meeting, the team from Hamburg will expedite their city case further. “We will continue to work closely with our existing local stakeholders but will also form new co-operations with experts from across the City of Hamburg and beyond. The expert knowledge of local experts is essential to achieve our aims and improve the resilience of the World Heritage Site.” explained Hamburg project coordinator, Dr. des. Uta Mense.

To learn more about the Hamburg city case, visit Hamburg’s webpage on our website.