Congress: Cities, Culture and Sustainability

International City Link Congress
Cities, Culture and Sustainability
September 12th 2014 in Hamburg / Germany.

In a changing world of work and confronted with the consequences of climate and demographic changes, policies that strengthen social coherence are needed. On the background of these changes self-organised initiatives are emerging in many cities that already implement sustainable policies on a project level. Within the frame of the City Link Congress Cities, Culture & Sustainability we will present projects from Hamburg and Copenhagen and we will discuss questions like:

How might culture and urban policies strengthen urban societies? How could they contribute to make our cities more sustainable? How could they help to unfold the creativity of urban dwellers in general? What should we learn from urban communities and self-organised initiatives that evolve on the background of social changes? How can we foster such groups and where can we find space for more sustainable projects in our cities?

The keynote will be given by Sharon Zukin, Professor of Sociology at the Brooklyn College and Graduate Center, City University of New York.

Please find the full program here:

If you would like to participate, registration is necessary. Please be sure to register as soon as possible, since places are limited. Please register here:

The congress will take place at the HafenCity Universität Hamburg:

The congress is part of the City Link Festival that will take place from September 5th till 14th 2014 at several venues all over Hamburg presenting art-exhibitions, concerts, readings and performances of artists from Copenhagen and Hamburg. Please find more information here:

By Lena Felde

Lena is the Treasurer of Cultura21 Germany. She is studying Cultural Sciences (Mag. Art.) at Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany.