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.

Special Fund StadtLand Thüringen

Special Fund StadtLand Thüringen

Special Fund StadtLand Thüringen

Saving vacant properties: Securing land for the long term

The Special Fund StadtLand Thüringen at the trias Foundation permanently absorbs land through heritable building rights in order to avoid speculation and thus secure its long-term use. The proceeds will be used for charitable purposes, especially for further support and networking of LeerGut initiatives. The special fund also serves to develop Sommerfrische houses in the Schwarzatal. The first location is IBA project Haus Bräutigam in Schwarzburg.

Dates 

Momentan keine Termine

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.

Schwarzatal, Schwarzburg Castle

Schwarzatal, Schwarzburg Castle

Schwarzatal, Schwarzburg Castle

Castle as think-tank: A centre for democracy

Schwarzburg Castle, with its chequered history, is to become an open forum and think-tank which, together with the ‘House of Democracy in Weimar’, will be committed to communicating the democratic foundations of our society. In 2017, nancing for the project was secured with the inclusion of Schwarzburg Castle in the Federal Programme of National Urban Development Projects. Since then, the Thuringian Castles and Gardens Foundation has begun the design and fitting out of the first two rooms of the castle.

On the occasion of the centenary of Germany’s rst democratic constitution, the castle opened from 13 July to 13 October 2019 as an open building site with an audio walk. Over 1,200 guests listened to the history of the castle. Following this success, the open building site will reopen a second time in 2020, and the Friends of Schloss Schwarzburg association will once again o er guided tours. Parallel to the stream of visitors, the extensive construction work on and in the castle will continue, including structural reinforcements and masonry renovations and the insertion of a gallery level in the future gallery hall. Construction work is scheduled for completion in 2021.

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.

Schwarzatal, Rottenbach Railway Station

Schwarzatal, Rottenbach Railway Station

Schwarzatal, Rottenbach Railway Station

Gateway to a region: A local cooperative for local provisions

In Königsee, residents have set up an own local supplies shop, which also serves as a meeting place. The BahnHofladen opened in summer 2019, and the initiators are now working on making it t for the future.

Those who are familiar with the fate of many railway stations in rural areas will be pleasantly surprised at the sight of Rottenbach and the wide selection of regional produce on sale in the BahnHofladen and the accompanying bistro. As, one by one, retailers in the region closed, a group of committed citizens took things into their own hands and founded a cooperative in 2015 to findnd a solution to the supply of local provisions and catering. Their plan was to establish a new shop with local produce along with a café as a meeting place, as well as to create better public and private transport links to the station.

The renovation of the station building began in July 2016 in accordance with conservation guidelines, and a student architecture competition was held to develop initial ideas for the design of the shop. Unsuitable alterations and the suspended ceiling were stripped out, small windows were replaced by full-height openings and the roof and facade were clad uniformly in locally typical hung slate tiling. In 2019, the new shop opened to coincide with the new transport link, marking the completion of the first larger scale IBA project.

The new transport link is both a functional as well as a visual improvement: the bus stop now directly adjoins the station, and bus and train arrival and departure times are coordinated. At the bus turning loop, four so-called STADTLAND!ISLANDS have been created as thematic kitchen gardens enclosed by traditional wooden fences.

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, di erent 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
Träger / Partner

 

Förderer
  • Machbarkeitsstudie: Förderung der Zusammenarbeit in der Land-, Forst- und Ernährungswirtschaft (LFE) durch Europäischen Landwirtschaftsfond für die Entwicklung des ländlichen Raums: Hier investiert Europa in die ländlichen Gebiete (ELER) und den Freistaat Thüringen, 2019-2020
Planungsbeteiligte
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
Partner
  • Gemeinden Sundhausen, Blankenburg, Bruchstedt, Kirchheilingen, Tottleben, Urleben
  • Partner des Landengel e.V.
Planungsbeteiligte
Projektleiterin

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

Gera, Häselburg

Häselburg, Gera

Gera, Häselburg

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

A former 19th century girls’ school in Gera’s city centre is gradually being converted into an international centre for art and culture. The Thüringer Landesmedienanstalt (TLM, Thuringian State Media Authority) and Gera Art School have already rented premises in the building, which also houses the New Gallery for Contemporary Art on the ground floor, run by Kultur in Mitteldeutschland (KIM, Culture in Central Germany), which owns the building.

The Häselburg is a model for the reactivation of disused existing buildings. It provides a new location for expanding and enhancing the pro le of cultural activities in Gera and East Thuringia. Burkhard Schlothauer, musician and musicologist, lives in Gera and is managing director of KIM. His goal is to provide both space and potential for the independent cultural scene in Gera to ourish. In January 2020, his wife, the art and cultural historian Dr Claudia Tittel, became head of the City of Gera’s Cultural Department and has resolved to transform Gera’s cultural profile.

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
Förderer
Planungsbeteiligte
  • Thomas Laubert, Architekt Gera 
Artikel / Links
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

Contact person 

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

Location 
Wir Labor Erfurt
Vollbrachtstraße 12
99086 Erfurt
Germany
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 
02 June 2020 to 30 June 2020
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

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

Contact person 

Tobias Haag

Project director
Phone +49 3643 5831-67

tobias.haag@iba-thueringen.de

Location 
Am Hartwege 2
99425 Weimar
Germany