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Stadtland

The IBA Thüringen has made StadtLand its primary theme. Through three key areas of action, the IBA aims to promote a new quality of relationship between the town and the country.

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DEVELOP Collective Responsibility

Rural areas are home to many diverse, alternative ways of living that mesh aspects of urban and rural lifestyles. The prevailing perception of rural regions as declining hinterland areas largely supported by subsidies fails to recognise the potential they hold for innovation through collective social and civic initiatives that strengthen local communities and identity. In Thuringia, many examples of such initiatives are emerging, with further relevant areas of potential in development.

Schwarzatal, Wasserfrische

Schwarzatal, Wasserfrische

Schwarzatal, Wasserfrische

Experience the countryside: Revitalisation of the summer resorts along the Schwarza river

As part of the cooperative 'Sustainable Landscape for the Schwarzatal' workshop in 2018, which explored development concepts for various locations in the Schwarzatal valley, two sites alongside the River Schwarza were identified and are now designated as IBA projects. Schwarzmühle and Obstfelderschmiede both have a railway station and are starting points for hikers exploring the Panorama Trail.

Mini topographic interventions are being created to highlight specific aspects of the countryside, the elements, e.g. water, and the natural landscape. The plans include a stopover for walkers and a summer garden in Meuselbach-Schwarzmühle and a greened landscaped area near the railway station in Obstfelderschmiede. This ‘Wasserfrische’ is designed by the landscape architect Anna Lundqvist from the office MAN MADE LAND.

The ‘Wasserfrische’ is part of the selected concept developed jointly by ‘MAN MADE LAND’ and ‘fabulism’ during the‘Sustainable Landscape for the Schwarzatal’ workshop in 2018, organised by the ‘Zukunftswerkstatt Schwarzatal’ association in collaboration with the Saalfeld-Rudolstadt LEADER action group and with support from the government’s MORO spatial planning action programme and the IBA Thüringen. Their concept, entitled ‘Slow Landscape – Sommerfrische Panoramic Network’, envisages the 136-kilometre-long Schwarzatal Panoramic Trail as a unifying, connecting element.

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IBA Fachbeirat empfiehlt Projektstatus für Wasserfrische
05 March 2021

IBA Fachbeirat empfiehlt Projektstatus für Wasserfrische

Pilotprojekt ›Wasserfrische‹ 2019/2020
14 September 2020

Pilotprojekt ›Wasserfrische‹ 2019/2020

Schwarzburger Gespräche zum ›Zukunftsfähigen Landschaftsbild Schwarzatal‹
24 August 2018

Schwarzburger Gespräche zum ›Zukunftsfähigen Landschaftsbild Schwarzatal‹

Die entstandenen Entwürfe wurden am ersten Tag der Schwarzburger Gespräche öffentlich präsentiert. Nach einer folgenden Komitee-Sitzung wurde der Entwurf 'Slow Landscape Schwarzatal - Sommerfrische am Panoramawegnetz' von man made land & fabulism favorisiert und ein erstes Pilotprojekt empfohlen.

In dem Entwurf wird der Panoramaweg als verbindendes Raumelement mit wesentlichen Querverbindungen als Netzwerk im Schwarzatal gestärkt. Die neue Sommerfrische, die sich derzeit vor allem noch auf die Öffnung und Transformation leerstehendender Sommerfrische Häuser konzentriert, wird mit den Themen Dorf- und Wasserfrische, Wiesen- und Waldfrische angereichert. Die Entwicklung einer Food Akademie an der Mankenbachs Mühle in Verbindung mit einer baulichen Intervention an dem Fluss Schwarza soll ein positives und modellhaftes Initial für die Belebung der Gastronomie in der Sommerfrische Landschaft sein. Die Maßnahmen sollen unter aktiver Einbeziehung der Bewohner im Schwarzatal erfolgen.

Das Kooperative Werkstattverfahren 'Zukunftsfähiges Landschaftsbild Schwarzatal' wurde ausgelobt von der Zukunftswerkstatt Schwarzatal e.V.
, Verein zur Förderung einer zukunftsfähigen regionalen Entwicklung, in Kooperation mit der Internationale Bauausstellung (IBA) Thüringen GmbH und
 LEADER-Aktionsgruppe Saalfeld-Rudolstadt.

Am zweiten Tag der Schwarzburger Gespräche wurde die favorisierte Arbeit einem breiten Publikum vorgestellt und darauf basierend eine Charta für das Schwarzatal diskutiert. Alle vier Arbeiten der Landschaftsarchitektursbüros wurden im Anschluss an die Schwarzburger Gespräche im Kaisersaalgebäude von Schloss Schwarzburg zum Tag der Sommerfrische ausgestellt.

Alle am Kooperativen Werkstattverfahren beteiligten Teams:

Favorisierte Arbeit: man made land – Prof. Anna Lundquist, Lena Flamm & fabulism: Mirko Andolina
A24 Landschaft - Steffan Robel, Lola Meyer, Jan Grimmek, Jürgen Höfler, Olivia Grandi
Station C23 - Prof. Sigrun Langner, Michael Rudolph, Mara Trübenbach, Anna Bauch & herr meier licht: Jürgen Meier
bauchplan ).( - Kay Strasser, Tina Roj, Victoria Wakulicz, Elisabeth Judmair, Julia Ulrich, Wasim Dery, Fernando Nebot Gomez, Arnaud Calatayud, Abdelrahman Gamil, Julia Merkle, Nicolas Posso Vidales, Jonas Hammerer, Polina Palo, Thomas Meyer, Michael Franke, Marie Baldenweck, Eleni Boutsika-Palles, Anna Stauber, Janet Kyas-Reich

Gefördert bzw. betreut wird das Vorhaben im Bundesprogramm ›Modellvorhaben der Raumordnung‹ (MORO, Projekt Regionale Landschaftsgestaltung) vom Bundesministerium des Innern, für Bau und Heimat (BMI) und dem Bundesinstitut für Bau-, Stadt- und Raumforschung (BBSR).

Kooperatives Werkstattverfahren ›Zukunftsfähiges Landschaftsbild Schwarzatal‹ gestartet
28 May 2018

Kooperatives Werkstattverfahren ›Zukunftsfähiges Landschaftsbild Schwarzatal‹ gestartet

Eingeladen waren vier regional, überregional und international besetzte Landschaftsarchitekturstudios: A24, bauchplan ).(, man made land und Station C23. Die Bearbeitungsteams sind interdisziplinär mit Landschaftsarchitekten, Architekten, Szenografen bzw. Künstlern besetzt. Im Rahmen der Auftaktveranstaltung wurde die Aufgabenstellung umfassend vorgestellt und diskutiert, das Mittlere Schwarzatal und die Bergbahnregion Schwarzatal bereist und es fand ein reger Austausch mit Projektpartner vor Ort statt.

Bei der Zwischenpräsentation am 18. Juni 2018 stellten die Teams ihre ersten Ideen zur Diskussion vor Ort vor. Im Rahmen der Schwarzburger Gespräche am 24. und 25. August 2018 wurden die Ergebnisse der Öffentlichkeit präsentiert.

Special Fund StadtLand Thüringen

Special Fund StadtLand Thüringen

Special Fund StadtLand Thüringen

Saving vacant properties: Securing land for the long term

The ‘Sondervermögen StadtLand Thüringen’ (StadtLand Thüringen Trust Fund) provides funding for permanently securing land and vacant buildings for revitalisation and alternative use concepts. Using the instrument of heritable building rights, the special fund founded in April 2020 by the trias Foundationand the IBA Thüringen provides long-term stability for properties of particular value throughout Thuringia. The initial incentive was to permanently secure the future of the ‘Sommerfrische’ architecture in the valley of the Schwarzatal. The first site to benefit from the fund is the IBA project Haus Bräutigam in Schwarzburg.

On 4 December 2020, the trias Foundation acquired two plots of land in the Schwarzatal as sites of special significance for the region: that of Haus Döschnitzand of Haus Bräutigamin Schwarzburg. Both are IBA projects that are currently being reactivated by associations in Berlin and Weimar who intend to develop these former historical summer retreats as new places for meeting, working and recreation. The constellation of protagonists creates new links between the town and the country, bring value to the region. Each association then signs a leasehold agreement with the trias Foundation for the future use of the site. As Rolf Novy-Huy, managing director of the trias Foundation, explains: “The combination of committed local involvement coupled with professional expertise can give an old building an entirely new and exciting perspective. Heritable building rights together with the fund provides a secure basis for the projects in the Schwarzatal to pursue their goals and deepen their commitment to the region.”

For the use of the land, the foundation charges a ground rent which in turn is used to fund its own charitable purposes, to finance new projects and to run the foundation. The ability to transfer land to the StadtLand Thüringen Trust Fund as a property under long-term non-profit management is open to owners of other vacant or under-used properties as well to project initiatives and groups in Thuringia that see land as a common good and want to establish sustainable, community-oriented projects under predictable long-term conditions. In the process they join a network of other solidarity-oriented house projects and neighbourhood and village initiatives.

Till Hoffmann from the Haus Bräutigam associationexplains that they consciously “decided against ownership and opted for hereditary building rights and a leasehold agreement as it secures the long-term existence of the project for the common good. An added benefit is that our ground rent can help fund future projects in the region.”

Without the association’s intervention Haus Bräutigam would soon have been beyond saving. Now, instead of falling into gradual disrepair while waiting in vain for an investor, the building is being given a second chance as a place for short-term living and working.

Hannes Langguth from the Haus Döschnitz association: “Heritable building rights enable all parties to work on an equal footing towards a long-term communal purpose. It is a great opportunity for Thuringian municipalities to use ground leases as an effective instrument for sustainably managing their public assets in the medium term.”

Nordhausen, Mobility Concept

Nordhausen, Mobility Concept

Nordhausen, Mobility Concept

Cooperative mobility: New options for urban-rural public transport connections

How can we conserve resources at all levels in the urban-rural StadtLand of tomorrow? Nordhausen council, the SWG municipal housing association and Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences, along with numerous other local and regional participants, have come togehter in an exceptional process to find answers to these questions.

The open, collaborative process began with five public workshops in 2015 and 2016 on the topics of urban redevelopment, the transition to new sources of energy, recycling, mobility and communication, which brought together around 400 interested parties and representatives from education, research, local politics, business and administration. The results form the basis of a new strategy for the future of Nordhausen in which the sustainable use of resources is seen as a social goal involving all aspects of society, rather than merely as a technical challenge. Through the joint action of all partners, the intention is to minimise the consumption of raw materials and energy and to obtain them from renewable sources.

Since then, four thematic projects have developed for Nordhausen in different collaborative constellations: the environmentally-conscious conversion of the mass housing district of Nordhausen Nord, the experimental redensification of the Altendorfer Kirchviertel in the old town, the development of a sustainable mobility concept for the town and region, and the elaboration of climate and design guidelines as a new informal planning instrument.

Dates 

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Location 
Nordhausen
Germany
Schwarzatal, Schwarzburg Castle

Schwarzatal, Schwarzburg Castle

Schwarzatal, Schwarzburg Castle

Castle as think-tank: A centre for democracy

“A dramatic location characterised by a chequered history that is both an enclave worthy of preservation and a place in search of a new uses. As an authentic site both for the history of German democracy and of National Socialist egomania, any renewal requires critical reconstruction. In short, a unique location that contains traces of many identities in Thuringia.”
Prof. Andreas Wolf, former member of the IBA Thüringen Advisory Board

In 1919 Friedrich Ebert signed Germany’s first democratic constitution in Schwarzburg. However, the years of the Weimar democracy were numbered and during the era of National Socialism that followed, the baroque castle was to be converted into an imperial guesthouse for the Führer. The building was gutted beyond recognition, the work undertaken by forced labourers housed in the valley below. Today all that remains are its ruins as a monument to the threat to the democratic foundations of society.

Numerous initiatives in the region have since come together to create a memorial to democracy at this unique location to mark the centenary of the Weimar Constitution. Here they can exchange views on democracy, social responsibility, tolerance and cosmopolitanism in our society.

The castle is to become a rural counterpart to the “House of Democracy” in Weimar. A section of the castle is to be partially reconstructed as a place for use by politics, initiatives and associations, residents and guests.

Model of the future Schwarzburg Castle. ©TeCTUM Hille – Kobelt Architekten PartGmbB.

Visualisation of the proposed conversion works. ©TeCTUM Hille – Kobelt Architekten PartGmbB.

Construction work in Schwarzburg Castle could proceed as planned in 2020: in autumn 2019, a mezzanine was inserted in the future gallery hall and in spring 2020 new windows were installed in the Hall of Ancestors and the gallery hall.

For further information on the construction site and audio walk, see the homepage of the Stiftung Thüringer Schlösser und Gärten.

Schwarzatal, Rottenbach Railway Station

Schwarzatal, Rottenbach Railway Station

Schwarzatal, Rottenbach Railway Station

Gateway to a region: A local cooperative for local provisions

“What was once a simple rural transport interchange is now an interchange between asphalt and plant beds, between discounters and cooperatives, between globalisation and regional cycles – in short a showcase example of StadtLand.”
Prof. Andreas Wolf, former member of the IBA Thüringen Advisory Board

The train still runs but the station is closed – a situation that is typical of many rural areas. Königsee in the Schwarzatal is no different, although it was once a tourist destination, a centre for agriculture and home to medium-sized businesses.

But since 5 July 2019, the long-vacated railway station in Rottenbach has been revitalised as a gateway to the Schwarzatal. The former railways station has been transformed into a local shop and community meeting place.

The renovation of the listed station building was carried out by Baubüro Lehninger from Gotha.

The new BahnHofladenis run by a cooperative of local producers founded in 2015 that sells its own regional products alongside general goods. The shop serves residents and visitors alike, providing groceries and local produce to the community. Without it, there would be no other shops in the vicinity.

Kannawurf, 1500 Hectares of Field

Kannawurf, 1500 Hectares of Field

Kannawurf, 1500 Hectares of Field

Climate-Agri-Culture: Testbed for a climate-conscious, cooperative approach to landscape development

How can we find new ways of seeing and describing landscapes? How can we reimagine and re-evaluate the concept and image of the landscape? And how can landscape, and with it agriculture, be reconceived and redesigned from a sustainable perspective?

The Landwirtschaft Kannawurf Betriebsgesellschaft mbH and agrar-GmbH Oldisleben are working together with the IBA Thüringen and the Künstlerhaus Thüringen to develop a feasibility study for the ecologically, socially and economically sustainable development and aesthetic improvement of agricultural farmland. On behalf of the partners, Green4Cities from Vienna will design a set of guidelines for a new, climate-friendly 21st century cultural landscape on 1,500 hectares of future in Kannawurf.

Sustainable agriculture needs to be considered at multiple levels in order to adapt to climate change. In Kannawurf, different climatic landscape typologies will be developed with the help of a regional-scale agricultural product management approach to develop a model landscape in Thuringia. Concrete measures to reduce wind and water erosion, heat islands and surface temperatures by means of individually determined, new cultivation methods and cultures form the basis for a new landscape and cooperative agricultural product management principle. The intention is to create new regional links between agricultural products and their processing to increase the proportion of Thuringian raw materials in Thuringian food processing and thus improve local economic cycles. The plan is to implement the measures outlined in the mission statement in and around Kannawurf from 2021 onwards.

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Location 
06578 Kannawurf
Germany
Projektträger
Förderer

Europäischer Landwirtschaftsfond für die Entwicklung des ländlichen Raums: Hier investiert Europa in die ländlichen Gebiete (ELER) und der Freistaat Thüringen

Planungsbeteiligte

· quartier vier, Leipzig
· Team des IBA Campus 2017

Ansprechpartnerin

Kerstin Faber
Projektleiterin
Telefon +49 3644 51832-10
kerstin.faber@iba-thueringen.de

Seltenrain Region, Landengel

Seltenrain Region, Landengel

Seltenrain Region, Landengel

Outpatient clinic and health kiosks: Cooperative health care in the country

Since 2011, the Landleben Foundation has been building a network of health, nursing and medical support in six municipalities in northern Thuringia. In 2017, the foundation’s pilot project ‘Landengel’ started as a healthcare networking platform: the ‘Landengel’ helpers drive senior citizens to medical appointments, organise trips or run games afternoons. Less stress and more time thanks to short distances is the project’s credo.

Just how short such distances should be, or how far apart they can be, is being trialled using bus stops converted into health kiosks. The idea is that doctors, nursing and health care providers, along with pharmacies and other service pro- viders work together with the Landengel under one roof. The Berlin architecture o ce Pasel-K Architects was commissioned in 2019 to develop a design manual for the health kiosks. Alongside a sheltered waiting area and public toilets, the kiosks should have a multi-purpose space. Each kiosk will be unique and made of wood. Traditional timber-frame structures are one possibility, as are a combination of digital fabrication and analogue construction or the re-use of building materials from demolished structures as a form of recycling or upcycling.

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Location 
Kirchheilingen
Germany
Partners
  • Gemeinden Sundhausen, Blankenburg, Bruchstedt, Kirchheilingen, Tottleben, Urleben
  • Partner des Landengel e.V.
Involved in Planning Process
IBA Project Coordination

Kerstin Faber
Project director
Telefon +49 3644 51832-10
kerstin.faber@iba-thueringen.de

Gera, Häselburg

Gera, Häselburg

Gera, Häselburg

New uses for a former girls’ school: An independent cultural centre with global outlook

“Artists and makers from the cities can find new spaces of cultural potential in the StadtLand of Thuringia and in the process help reveal and cultivate the cultural scene in (still) underdeveloped Gera: the residents of the Häselburg live the “luxury of emptiness” (W. Kil) with courage, imagination and a keen spirit of creativity.”
Prof. Andreas Wolf, former member of the IBA Thüringen Advisory Board

A former 19th century girls’ school in the centre of Gera is being successively converted into a new centre for art and culture. The collection of buildings had stood empty for many years before Dr Claudia Tittel and Burkhard Schlothauer began transforming it for use as an education facility and independent centre for arts and culture in 2016.

Little by little, the old building is being reactivated for and with its future users: A gallery space and seminar rooms have already opened, and the first studios have been rented. Accommodation for students and refugees are planned, along with workshops and a catering service. The combination of housing, education and the arts expands the profile of cultural offerings in Gera and Eastern Thuringia. 

The 1st Summer Academy at the Häselburg took place from 1 April to 7 July 2017. Since then, the Summer Academy has taken place every year on different topics, which budding artists are able to explore in various courses and workshops.

The Häselburg complex encompasses a total of 2,600 m². Some is already occupied: the Thüringer Landesmedienanstalt (TLM, Thuringian State Media Authority) and Gera Art School have already rented premises and KIM runs the New Gallery for Contemporary Art on the ground floor. The ‘Old Swimming Baths’ have also been repurposed as an events space.

To secure the sensitive development of the Häselburg, the building was divided into construction phases in different ownership constellations. The renovation is taking place successively and the building has been used from the outset, also in unrenovated condition.

The centre is a project by Kultur in Mitteldeutschland (KIM, Culture in Central Germany), which is run by the entrepreneur, composer and musician Burkhard Schlothauer. Schlothauer envisages an operating model in which the profits from catering and rental fund the non-profit art spaces and cultural activities. The Häselburg demonstrates the potential of civic initiative, participation and cosmopolitan tolerance in a city one does not immediately associate with these qualities. The cultural synergies created here provides new impulses for social discourse in this once abandoned place.

The Häselburg is part of the IBA Arrival Stadtland project family, which is a pilot project of the National Urban Development Policy of the Federal Government, supported by the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community.

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Location 
Häselburg
Florian-Geyer-Straße 15
07545 Gera
Germany
Main Partners

KIM Kultur in Mitteldeutschland gGmbH

Sponsors
Involved in Planning Process
  • Thomas Laubert, architect Gera 
IBA Project Coordination

Dr. Bertram Schiffers
Project director
Telefon +49 3643 90088-14
bertram.schiffers@iba-thueringen.de

Saalfeld, Beulwitzer Straße

Saalfeld, Beulwitzer Straße

Saalfeld, Beulwitzer Straße

Space for meeting and making: Locals and refugees create opportunities for work and recreation

On the site of a former barracks on Beulwitzer Straße, situated between housing for refugees and a residential quarter, Saalfeld council and local education institutions are working together with local residents to create new kinds of work and recreational spaces. Around half of the participants are local residents and half refugees and displaced people. 

In summer workshops in 2017 and 2018, the new and existing residents worked jointly to explore ways of creating a place to meet and make their own. They built, celebrated and learned from one another in a series of stimulating and enjoyable encounters.

The IBA Thüringen and other partners in Thuringia are devising projects under the heading ‘Arrival StadtLand’ that address the consequences of displacement and immigration. In Saalfeld, a space made by many for use by many is evolving with the participation of creative people from the region. Neighbours new and old are consciously setting an example that strengthens the local sense of community and symbolises the openness of the urban-rural StadtLand of Thuringia.

Erfurt, Collective lab

Erfurt, Collective lab

Erfurt, Collective lab

Inclusive development: Town, associations, residents and refugees jointly reactivate a vacant building

Migration has become an important driver of development in Thuringia. In 2016, as part of its ›Arrival StadtLand‹ initiative, the IBA Thüringen put out a call for people, places and ideas throughout Thuringia that view immigration as an opportunity and want to actively shape it.  

The ‘WIR Labor’ in Erfurt is a prime example. In cooperation with the city of Erfurt, the association Plattform e.V. intends to use an empty municipal office building in the direct vicinity of container accommodation for refugees in the north of the city. Refugees and migrants, as well as the residents of Erfurt, are invited to help develop the project as a collective laboratory. The goal is the inclusive and integrative development of a new centre of production and workshop building that, in the spirit of Willkommenskultur, will function as a new district centre developed communally for the community. Its design makes an innovative contribution to the successive redevelopment of buildings according to participative principles and circular material cycles. The project explores the possibilities and limits of self-building, while simultaneously trialling simple, resource-conscious and affordable design approaches.

The ‘WIR Labor’ is not only a test bed for inclusive society, but also a realworld laboratory for the experimental conversion of existing buildings.

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Location 
Wir Labor Erfurt
Vollbrachtstraße 12
99086 Erfurt
Germany
IBA Project Coordination

Kerstin Faber
Project director
Telefon +49 3643 90088-17
kerstin.faber@iba-thueringen.de

Gera, New Centre

Gera, New Centre

Gera, New Centre

Real-world laboratory: A community vision for 2.5 hectares of town centre

On a site on the edge of the centre of Gera, adjoining the Congress and Cultural Centre, 2.5 hectares of disused land are awaiting reactivation – indeed have been for 15 years. The city has struggled to find investors for its once vibrant centre for many years.

In 2014, committed citizens and entrepreneurs from Gera took things into their own hands. The association ›Ja – für Gera‹ answered the IBA Thüringen’s call for projects and proposed the idea of a new ›strong centre‹. A Europan urban design competition followed in 2015, organised by the city, the association and a group of citizens, which generated ideas that fed into the following planning stages.

After a flash mob in 2016, in which local citizens took to Gera's ‘New Centre’ with their umbrellas, the memorable ‘Lemon Squeezer’ art project in 2017, and two large exhibitions at the Congress and Cultural Centre (KuK), Gera City Council approved the urban development master plan in 2018. As one of Gera’s largest urban development projects, it has been the subject of ongoing passionate and at times heated debate.

From June to August 2019, the ‘Raumstation Weimar’ collective invited visitors and residents to once again meet and exchange ideas at Gera’s ‘New Centre’: their ‘GERANIA’ project explored utopian ideas for using open space and how they could become reality. More than 40 events took place along with countless meetings and discussions.

The next major milestone followed in December 2019 with the announcement of an open landscape architecture ideas competition ‘Gera: Freiraum Mitte’ for the design and realisation of the green space and squares in front of the KuK and city museum. The jury will convene soon, after which the designs will be exhibited to the public.

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Location 
Gera
Germany
Main Partners
Involved in Planning Process
IBA Project Coordination

Dr. Bertram Schiffers
Project director
Phone +49 3643 90088-14
bertram.schiffers@iba-thueringen.de

Nordhausen, Climate culture

Nordhausen, Climate culture

Nordhausen, Climate culture

Creative climate protection: University develops a new joint energy and landscape strategy for town and region

How can we conserve resources at all levels in the urban-rural StadtLand of tomorrow? Nordhausen council, the SWG municipal housing association and Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences, along with numerous other local and regional participants, have come together in an exceptional process to find answers to these questions.

The open, collaborative process began with five public workshops in 2015 and 2016 on the topics of urban redevelopment, the transition to new sources of energy, recycling, mobility and communication, which brought together around 400 interested parties and representatives from education, research, local politics, business and administration. The results form the basis of a new strategy for the future of Nordhausen in which the sustainable use of resources is seen as a social goal involving all aspects of society, rather than merely as a technical challenge. Through the joint action of all partners, the intention is to minimise the consumption of raw materials and energy and to obtain them from renewable sources.

Since then, four thematic projects have developed for Nordhausen in different collaborative constellations: the environmentally-conscious conversion of the mass housing district of Nordhausen Nord, the experimental redensification of the Altendorfer Kirchviertel in the old town, the development of a sustainable mobility concept for the town and region, and the elaboration of climate and design guidelines as a new informal planning instrument.

Schwarzatal, Resilient Region

Schwarzatal, Resilient Region

Schwarzatal, Resilient Region

New Sommerfrische: Stakeholders from the town and country shape the landscape

With the opening of the border in 1989, tourism in the once booming summer destination of the Schwarzatal declined abruptly. Many jobs were lost, infrastructure deteriorated, residents moved away and buildings were left empty. The area is now one of the regions in Thuringia with the worst demographic forecasts (-30 percent from 2014 to 2035).

Local initiatives and projects committed to the development of the region and tourism have been building a strong network of civic partners to jointly shape the cultural landscape. As part of the Federal model project ‘Sustainable Landscape for the Schwarzatal’, the Zukunftswerkstatt Schwarzatal association together with the Saalfeld-Rudolstadt LEADER action group and the IBA Thüringen are working together to develop the outstanding qualities of the landscape as a uniting element that fosters local identity and shapes the image of the region to attract new guests from further a eld to the Schwarzatal.

In 2018 four landscape architecture offices were invited to the Schwarzatal to develop sustainable visions for the future of the cultural landscape. The chosen concept by ‘MAN MADE LAND’ and ‘fabulism’ envisages the 140-kilometre-long Schwarzatal Panoramic Trail as a connecting element. The team proposed a range of smaller and larger interventions — entitled ‘Waldfrische’, ‘Wasserfrische’, ‘Wiesenfrische’ and ‘Dorffrische’ — to highlight the qualities of the woodland, water, meadows and villages so typical of the landscape, and to strengthen the local economy.

 

Weimar, StadtLand School

Weimar, StadtLand School

Weimar, StadtLand School

New places of learning: Pupils, parents and teachers reprogram their school

Investment in schools in Germany has trailed behind new developments for several decades, leaving many municipalities facing major challenges. In addition, the existing school building regulations no longer meet current teaching standards, educational formats and inclusion requirements.

This was the starting point for the IBA StadtLand School project on the outskirts of Weimar. In an extensive participation process, the town, teachers, parents and pupils of the Jenaplan School came together to discuss their needs and expectations and the corresponding building requirements. A team of experts is now translating these into a concrete building project. The knowledge gained concerning aspects such as use concepts and spatial configurations will also be documented and made accessible to others in the form of a SCHULBAU OPEN SOURCE planning toolkit for future school building projects. The intention is to help other municipalities and planners benefit from useful experience and to save costs.

The project is being carried out in close cooperation and with support from the Montag Stiftung Jugend und Gesellschaft, which has many years’ experience in the field of modern teaching concepts and school construction.

The socially oriented Montag Stiftung foundation has spent nearly a decade promoting innovative advances in school design and modern teaching concepts. The aim is to develop forward-looking school buildings that provide a good-quality environment and facilitate contemporary education concepts for everyone. The SCHULBAU OPEN SOURCE planning toolkit collects together valuable knowledge on the design, planning and development of schools and makes it available to others. The objective is to develop a tool for architects that can assist in the design of school buildings and at the same time to provide a framework of quality parameters with which school authorities can plan actively and con dently for the future.

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Location 
Am Hartwege 2
99425 Weimar
Germany
Sponsoren
IBA Project Coordination

Tobias Haag
Project director
Phone +49 3643 5831-67
tobias.haag@iba-thueringen.de

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