Shown as part of Our Cities, Our Planet
ECOPIA: ECO-CITIES (Germany, 2013, 26 min.) Hamburg’s HafenCity in Germany and Tianjin’s Eco-city in China were conceived as model cities for sustainable, environment-friendly building. In Hamburg, ten new housing developments are taking shape on Europe’s largest inner-city construction site, designed to create a vibrant urban atmosphere on the old Elbe River waterfront. The Tianjin Eco-city in eastern China, on the other hand, is being built on virgin land. This satellite city is seen as a test for cutting urban Chinese energy consumption. A Report by Loh Kok Hong, Eva Mehl and Daisy Weisbrodt.
ECOPIA: THE SKY’S THE LIMIT (Germany, 2013, 26 min.) Never before have so many skyscrapers been under construction at once all over the world. A new generation of modern skyscrapers has been designed to help revive city centers, spare the climate and check urban sprawl. Building “green” has now become an economic necessity, most especially in Asia’s burgeoning megalopolises. The key question here is whether it is possible to build a high-rise that is both green and efficient. From vertical farming in New York City to burgeoning Panama City and the “Garden City” of Singapore, environmental skyscrapers are swiftly becoming one of today’s key technologies. A Report by Christian Vinkeloe.
Introduced by Wilfried Eckstein, Director, Goethe-Institut Washington.
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