Projects

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.

IBA Programme (PDF)

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.

Nordhausen, Mobility Concept

Nordhausen, Mobility Concept

Nordhausen, Mobility Concept

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 

Momentan keine Termine

Location 
Nordhausen
Germany
Schwarzatal, Schwarzburg Castle

Schwarzatal, Schwarzburg Castle

Schwarzatal, Schwarzburg Castle

Thuringia is rich in castles and palaces. Schwarzburg Castle, seat of the former Principality of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt, has a particularly remarkable and varied history. In 1919, Friedrich Ebert, the first President of Germany, signed the democratic constitution of the Weimar Republic in Schwarzburg. Some 20 years later, the main building of the baroque complex was gutted and remodelled for use as a guesthouse for officials of the Third Reich. Never completed, the castle and its outbuildings remained empty after 1945 and fell into disrepair. 
Schwarzburg Castle, with its chequered history, serves a poignant reminder of the challenges facing society and is intended to become an open forum and think-tank which, together with the ‘House of Democracy in Weimar’, will communicate the democratic foundations of our society. With the inclusion of Schwarzburg Castle in the Federal Programme of National Urban Development Projects in 2017, financing for the project was secured. Since then, the Thuringian Castles and Gardens Foundation has begun the design and fitting out of two rooms of the castle, which opened as a ‘show site’ on the occasion of the centenary of the first German democratic constitution in February 2019. Further rooms will be successively converted and put to use over time. The project partners are the municipality of Schwarzburg and the local ‘Schloss Schwarzburg – Denkort der Demokratie e.V.’ association.

The castle is intended as a centre for project work and democratic education for politically-interested visitors, initiatives and associations of all ages at a historically significant location in the heart of rural Thuringia.

Dates 
23 August 2020
Location 
Schloss Schwarzburg
Schloßstraße
07427 Schwarzburg
Germany
Träger

· Gemeinde Schwarzburg in der
  VG Mittleres Schwarzatal
· Stiftung Thüringer Schlösser und Gärten
· Förderverein Schloss Schwarzburg
  Denkort der Demokratie e.V.

Partner

· Landkreis Saalfeld-Rudolstadt
· Haus der Demokratie Weimar/
  Weimarer Republik e. V.
· Zukunftswerkstatt Schwarzatal e.V.
· Partnerschaften für Demokratie
  Saalfeld-Rudolstadt

Planungsbeteiligte
Ansprechpartnerin

Ulrike Rothe
Projektleiterin
Telefon +49 3644 51832-13
ulrike.rothe@iba-thueringen.de

Schwarzatal, Rottenbach Railway Station

Schwarzatal, Rottenbach Railway Station

Schwarzatal, Rottenbach Railway Station

A situation typical of many rural areas is that while the trains till run, the station building is no longer open. Königsee-Rottenbach in the traditional holiday region of thSchwarzatal is no different: tourists are greeted by the forlorn prospect of a defunct railway station.

The municipality of Rottenbach plans to change this: after purchasing their railway station, they have begun renovating and converting it to serve as a new ‘Gateway to the Schwarzatal’. When completed, the station building will be run by a cooperative as a shop selling local produce to the local community. At the same time, visitors will be able to savour regional produce on arriving in the Schwarzatal. In addition, the square in front of the railway station will become a transport hub linking bus, train, car and bicycle transport – an interchange between regional and local transport networks. The design and materials of the public transport facilities take cues from the landscape of the surroundings, using regional materials and landscaped islands that look like small farm gardens.

By shopping at the station shop, the people of Rottenbach and its neighbouring municipalities create a regional cycle of supply and demand. They strengthen the local economy and identity and in turn contribute to making the Schwarzatal an attractive place to live and to spend one’s holidays.

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Location 
Bahnhof Rottenbach
Am Bahnhof
07422 Rottenbach
Germany
Träger

· Stadt Königsee-Rottenbach
· Genossenschaft BahnHofladen Rottenbach e. G.

Ansprechpartnerin

Ulrike Rothe
Projektleiterin
Telefon +49 3644 51832-13
ulrike.rothe@iba-thueringen.de

Links

· MDR Beitrag 2018
· Filmdoku von 1985
  'Reichsbahner Jahn'

Seltenrain Region, Landengel

Seltenrain Region, Landengel

Seltenrain Region, Landengel

Cooperative health care in rural areas

The association Landengel e.V. is establishing a networking platform together with various partners to provide cooperative healthcare, nursing and support services across several municipalities in the rural Seltenrain region.

The association’s aim is not just to provide health services, but also to counteract social isolation and to foster economically-viable systems for healthcare, care for the elderly and social welfare in rural areas. The concept encompasses a range of approaches including telemedicine, mobile nurses, services by citizens for citizens and, since 2019, a mobile support worker for the six communities of the region. Together with its partners, the association is developing a central rural outpatient clinic as a base for these programmes with all important services under one roof as well as several small, decentralised ‘health kiosks’ as local provision points in the surrounding communities. For optimum accessibility, these are located at the bus stops in the respective local communities and are not just for health care, but also offer space for senior citizens to meet, for skateboarding sessions, for the local youth parliament, general village gossip and as a station for mobile services such as bakers, butchers or savings banks.

The Seltenrain region is becoming a model for care provision in rural areas and shows that in times of shifting demographics, it is still possible, with the help of committed participants, to provide good services for a better quality of life in rural areas.

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Location 
Kirchheilingen
Germany
Projektträger
Projektleiterin

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

Gera, Häselburg

Häselburg, Gera

Gera, Häselburg

An independent cultural centre with global outlook

In the centre of Gera, a former girls’ school from the 19th century is being successively and sensitively converted into a new centre for art and culture. For many years, the ensemble of buildings stood empty before being discovered by Dr Claudia Tittel and Burkhard Schlothauer. In 2016, the two proponents of the arts started putting their idea for an open house for the arts with accompanying educational academy into practice.

Gradually, the empty old building is being reactivated with and for its future users: a gallery and seminar rooms have already opened, and the first studios have been let. Accommodation for students and refugees, as well as workshops and a place to eat are planned. This combination of living, education and the arts represents a significant and unique addition to the range of cultural facilities for the arts in Gera and East Thuringia.

The Häselburg demonstrates the potential of civic initiative, participation and a cosmopolitan outlook in a city in which many feel left behind. As a place of cultural synergies, this once abandoned school is becoming a source of diverse cultural impulses that contribute to the wider social discourse.

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Contact person 

Dr. Bertram Schiffers
Projektleiter

Telefon +49 3643 90088-14

bertram.schiffers@iba-thueringen.de

Location 
Häselburg
Florian-Geyer-Straße 15
07545 Gera
Germany
Projektträger

KIM Kultur in Mitteldeutschland gGmbH

Saalfeld, Beulwitzer Straße

Saalfeld, Beulwitzer Straße

Saalfeld, Beulwitzer Straße

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.

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Contact person 

Dr. Bertram Schiffers
Projektleiter

Telefon +49 3643 90088-14

bertram.schiffers@iba-thueringen.de

Location 
Gewerbegebiet Alte Kaserne
Über den Dorfwiesen
07318 Saalfeld-Beulwitz
Germany
Erfurt, Collective lab

Erfurt, Collective lab

Erfurt, Collective lab

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

Contact person 

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

Location 
Wir Labor Erfurt
Vollbrachtstraße 12
99086 Erfurt
Germany
Projektträger
Gera, New Centre

Gera, New Centre

Gera, New Centre

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. In 2016, an urban flashmob saw the citizens take possession of the urban realm with hundreds of colourful umbrellas despite the pouring rain, and in 2017, an action week, this time in sweltering heat, enticed citizens to get involved. Two key exhibitions have also been organised to present and discuss the designs for Gera’s ›Neue Mitte‹. In 2018 the city council approved the master plan, followed by the draft of the development plan in 2019, paving the way for design competitions and the awarding of plots based on the proposed concepts.

The ›New Centre‹ is the largest urban development project in Gera since the BUGA National Garden Show in Gera and Ronneburg in 2007. The citizens of Gera, meanwhile, continue to actively participate in passionately debating the function and design of their inner city.

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Contact person 

Dr. Bertram Schiffers
Project director

Phone +49 3643 90088-14

bertram.schiffers@iba-thueringen.de

Location 
Gera
Germany
Nordhausen, Climate culture
Nordhausen, Climate culture

StadtLand of tomorrow

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.

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Contact person 

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

Location 
Nordhausen
Germany
Schwarzatal, Resilient Region

Schwarzatal, Resilient Region

Schwarzatal, Resilient Region

Regional stakeholders develop a shared vision for their region

Up until the reunification of Germany, the Schwarzatal valley on the northern edge of the hilly Schiefergebirge region was one of the most popular holiday destinations in the GDR. Highly-prized for its cool climes, it had been a flourishing summer retreat for holiday guests since the 19th century.

To develop a sustainable vision for the region and its landscape, the ›Zukunftswerkstatt Schwarzatal‹ association organised a cooperative workshop in 2018 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. Four international landscape architecture offices were invited to work together with local stakeholders, from which a concept emerged – developed by ›MAN MADE LAND‹ and ›fabulism‹ – that envisages the 140-kilometre-long Schwarzatal Panoramic Trail as a connecting element. The landscape architects proposed a range of smaller and larger interventions to bring out the qualities of the landscape. The first of these acupuncture-like insertions is to be realised in 2019.

The landscape is the uniting element that fosters local identification and shapes the image of the region. To attract new guests to this traditional cultural landscape, with Schwarzburg Castle at its centre, the Schwarzatal is reinventing itself – at a regional scale.

Weimar, StadtLand School

Weimar, StadtLand School

Weimar, StadtLand School

Pupils, parents and teachers develop conversion plans for 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 an 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.

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

Contact person 

Tobias Haag

Project director
Phone +49 3643 5831-67

tobias.haag@iba-thueringen.de

Location 
Am Hartwege 2
99425 Weimar
Germany