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The spaces of urban production
Hafencity, what lessons in a time of breaks?

To find in the disruptions that are emerging the means to regain control of the production of the city of tomorrow. Collaboratively work on new reading grids that make it easier to understand the unpredictable. This is the ambition of these " Four days elsewhere ": two in Hamburg-Hafencity, preceded by a day of initiation and followed by a final day of debriefing-creation of future values, both in Paris.

Four days elsewhere : Educational goals

With more than 40 years of professional practice exchanges, INTA, with this training cycle, offers development actors a space for understanding and dialogue between cultures, where listeners acquire an openness that enables them to conduct partnership projects.

At the end of this general training, transversal and modular listeners will know:

  • identify emerging failures in their professional field
  • identify opportunities to align business strategies with sustainable development of territories
  • master the analysis, planning and monitoring of complex urban and real estate projects
  • acquire a broader synthesis capacity
  • expand their field of analysis
  • become more efficient and effective in their trades

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The places of training

HAMBURG The former Hanseatic port, proud of its history, City-State since 1871, built on the Elbe 110 kms from its mouth is the first port and the second largest city in Germany, the 2nd European port after Rotterdam, and the 9th world port. Partially destroyed in July 1943 (45,000 civilians killed in a few days), relieved of its ashes in the 1960s, Hamburg is now testing 5G to improve the operation and impact of its Smart Harbor logistics on the 8,000 ha of its port area. The city initiated, at the end of the last century, a very ambitious program of (re) urban development, example of a world-city, also example of the international attractiveness necessary to this archipelago of the metropolises described by Pierre Veltz.


HAFENCITY Objective: to increase the built-up area of the city by 40% by adding 45,000 jobs and 15,000 new inhabitants, by recycling old brownfields and port warehouses, behind a linear 70 km of façades and 10 kms of walks "feet in the water". Today, halfway through its realization and after initial corrections, INTA-Formation proposes to go to examine its progress, to measure its successes and to question its governance by asking what it would conceive today. differently if everything was to start again? (eg symbiosis between circular economy, climate resilience, strategic or integrated planning, knowledge economy, smart technologies, social innovation).

PARIS Sessions will be hosted by the Training centre of the Paris Region Architect association. logo Pole EVA

Speakers and Trainers

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Bernard Roth, educational manager of the training

Member of the Academy of Architecture, Knight of the National Order of Arts and Letters

Bernard Roth has been an expert for more than 30 years in the assembly, design, conduct, financing, marketing and execution of urban operations at different scales, experience gained in several real estate development companies. This practitioner's competence was coupled with the activities of theoretician, counselor, teacher and trainer.

President of the Association for Higher Education of Real Estate Trades - ASFMI
Honorary President of the Architecture and Project Management Association AMO
Scientific Advisor of the International Urban Development Association INTA.
Senior Advisor at the Institute of Real Estate and Financial Studies I.E.I.F
Member of the RBR 2020 Commission of the Sustainable Building Plan.
Director of the Palladio Foundation and the Palladio Institute
Co-founder in 2006, with the City of Architecture and Heritage, and animator of the CAMO - Cycle Architecture and Project Management


Prof. Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg
Directeur Général du projet Hafencity

Since 2003, Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg has been chief executive officer of HafenCity Hamburg GmbH, a public company owned by the City State of Hamburg, charged with the development of HafenCity and other areas. Before his involvement with HafenCity Hamburg GmbH, Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg occupied management positions with British, American and German property companies, partly at executive board and board of director level. In the process he was also involved in major projects such as Berlin Central Station or the Sony Center in Potsdamer Platz, located in Berlin.
Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg graduated in geography and biology. He is a real estate economist (ebs) as well as a professor for integrated urban development at the HafenCity University Hamburg in addition to his executive position. He is a regular national and international speaker on issues of innovative large scale urban developments and also publishes regularly on questions of urban development.

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Merle Pscheidl

Project Manager for project Oberbillwerder

Merle Pscheidl studied urban planning at the HafenCity University in Hamburg until 2016. She started working at the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing. Since 2017 Merle Pscheidl is Project Manager at the IBA Hamburg GmbH, an urban development company owned by the City of Hamburg. The IBA Hamburg GmbH started as an International Building Exhibition. At present, the IBA Hamburg GmbH is responsible for sustainable district developments in ten areas of Hamburg and offers integrated development. Merle Pscheidl manages the Project Oberbillwerder which is the second largest development project in the City of Hamburg. After a competitive dialogue the masterplan was developed in 2018.

Dieter polkowski round

Dieter Polkowski
Dipl.-Ing. urban planning, Senior official, Head of the directorate, Ministry of Urban Development and Environment, Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg

Dieter Polkowski studied urban planning at the University-Oldenburg. He has been working as an urbanist for the city of Hamburg since 1988. His focus lies on social environment and the development of urban city districts. He managed many urban renewal districts and was responsible for the “Urban Renewal-Program” in Hamburg.
Since 2006 he manages as head of the directorate numerous large urban development projects such as the HafenCity Hamburg, the Leap across the River Elbe, development of a new city district on a former site of the railway company in Hamburg Altona, covering the motorway A7, development of the new city district “Oberbillwerder” with more than 5.000 housing units and 4.000 workplaces. His department was also responsible for the planning of the Olympic bid for the games 2024.


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