Sunday, June 10, 2012

Seminar II: Hamburg

January 18, 2012

As with all our seminars and every Bosch-related event, we were plagued by rain. On the day of our boat tour of the harbor. Nonetheless, it was cool to see the harbor from the water.
No, not on this boat...

On THIS boat...

Then we headed over to the Rathaus to get some insight into the planning disaster surrounding the planned Elbphilharmonie. It's a concert hall under construction in HafenCity and was supposed to convert and add onto an old warehouse to make a modern cultural centerpoint in the city. The plans look ridiculously awesome, but the entire process as been fraught with difficulties and the current situation is an unfinished building that has gone beyond the estimated €241 million to cost over €450 million. We met with the committee that is investigating what exactly happened to cause these problems in the posh Hamburg Rathaus, and got an interesting insight into the formal process of opening and leading an investigation in Germany.

I had some free time after our meetings and busted over to St. Nicholas' Church, which is a semi-destroyed church (thanks, WWII!) with an elevator that you can take to the top for a view of the city. It was a little creepy taking a glass elevator up what is literally a ruined building, but the view from the top is outstanding:

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