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The Next Frontier in Urban Living: Waterways?

Global warming and urban overcrowding fuel the next generation of houseboat living

Photo courtesy of Jens Kroell & Amelie Rost

Global warming and accommodating urban growth are going to be two of the most vexing problems facing cities in the coming decades. One German city is attempting to kill both birds with one stone by expanding its livable space onto the surface of its local waterways.

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An abandoned government building in Hamburg, Germany, was scheduled to be torn down this year. But residents in the area thought it could be put to better use. Over the last four years, with little budget and just a group of volunteers, the building was transformed in the Neighborhood University [in German], a place for workshops, classes, research, and living spaces.

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