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Sustainable Disruption / Sustainable Transformation

Sustainable Disruption

The Ihme-Zentrum in Hannover (Germany) is a multi-functional brutalism complex from the 1970ies. While the 800 apartments are occupied, the former mall lies in ruins – more than 100.000 sqm are empty. In 2014 sustainability expert Constantin Alexander moved into the Ihme-Zentrum and started a prototyping process called the Sustainable Disruption. Combining scientific analysis with media campaigning he set up a union with inhabitants, architects and artists, opened a community center in 2017 and convinced local politicians to implement the quarter in the application to become European Capital of Culture in 2025. The disruption was succesfull.

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Hannover, Germany



Hannover, Germany