Groundbreaking Concepts

two awards for the tenant cooperative Garden City City in the competition ‘future is’ Hamburg, June 19, 2013. At the competition live future, 2012 for the first time by the North German housing Business Association (vnw) out was written, the Hamburg tenant cooperative won two first prizes Garden City City for their innovative concepts in the categories of environmental and climate protection and communication and social. With ground-breaking concepts in the literal sense of the word, the tenant cooperative future residential has Garden City Farmsen the jury of the competition”convinced. “In the category of environmental and climate protection” the cooperative received the first prize for exemplary energy supply in the 50-acre Monument-protected settlement: here 74 solar systems and 358 solar panels with a total area of 2.248 m built from 2004 to 2012. 1,334 Apartments and more than half of the portfolio is now solar energy provide. The annual CO2 savings by this usage: more than 190 Tons; 90% are less than ever in the field of heating and 57% less in the hot water. With a unique concept to use and maintain the extensive Park system the cooperative received the first prize in the category of communication and social”. The Park of the mgf is a Green Island”in the middle of the city.

On the 50 ha there are around 2,500 trees with a trunk circumference of more than 60 cm, the natural CO2 reduction through the trees amounted to up to 45 tonnes of CO2 per year. “The park for a variety of target groups was designed with the creative concept and creates new offers for recreation, play, sport, health and nature: two kilometers, a fitness trail, the kids trail nature themes with Oscar squirm three Interpretive trails through the plants” and the centerpiece, the archaeological path. Reason for this topic were archaeological discoveries on the site; now, the path is lined by a historical clay oven and fountains and an iron age garden. According to the Archaeological Museum of Hamburg, an iron age pit House was reconstructed to be used as a training facility for Hamburg schools and kindergartens and holiday workshops led by archaeologists. In addition, there are regular events for the children of cooperative members. The creation of semi-natural meadows as eco havens for insects and birds, and an ecologically-oriented tree care concept for more than ten years tree work when possible with the rope climbing techniques run instead of heavy equipment complete the award-winning park concept of the tenants Association.

Board Member Uwe Jentz is pleased about the award: two projects we succeeded, to push the energy revolution in the mind and heart of people. We want to preserve the uniqueness of the Garden City City for future generations. Right in the city to maintain a diverse and natural recreation room and at the same time, the quality of living through environmentally and economically “increasing meaningful measures: this is our understanding of contemporary urban planning.” The award ceremony took place on 19 June on the occasion of the vnw Association tag 2013 in Kiel. 31 Member companies of the association with a total of 38 projects were involved in the competition. The competition was advertised for the first time in 2012 and features innovative concepts for living in Northern Germany.