IBA Heidelberg is scheduled to run for ten years. After a four-year preparation phase and a kick-off event in 2012, the IBA team commenced its work in 2013. Citizens and institutions were invited to submit project proposals for urban development in the knowledge-based society. The IBA Board of Trustees selected first concepts from numerous proposals. In 2014, IBA began the qualification process with the selected candidates. By 2015, the the Supervisory Board appointed some candidates as IBA projects due to their progress. In 2016, IBA Heidelberg launched a planning phase zero for a former US military base in Heidelberg, the Patrick Henry Village. In 2017 IBA presented a first development vision for this new neighborhood. In 2018, IBA Heidelberg exhibited its projects in a midterm presentation. In 2022, IBA Heidelberg will present its results in a final presentation that will allow visitors to experience their projects in the city.
IBA projects are supposed to make a major contribution to the development to the knowledge-based city of the future. They are innovative and test new solutions in the process and the outcome. In order to ensure project excellence, they undergo an admission procedure and a multi-stage qualification process.
Project proposals under the motto »knowledge based urbanism« can be submitted to the IBA office. The Board of Trustees discusses the applications every six months. If a concept will be able to meet the IBA criteria, the Board of Trustees appoints the project as an IBA candidate. IBA Heidelberg project managers support the candidates, both in person and by connecting them to experts in the field of architecture, urban planning, communications or fundraising.
When the IBA candidate has undergone qualification measures by the IBA team, the Board of Trustees recommends the Supervisory Board to approve candidate as an IBA project. IBA projects continue to receive consultancy by the IBA team, mainly in the in the areas of construction planning and quality assurance.
Upon recommendation of the Board of Trustees and by resolution of the Supervisory Board, the IBA project will be awarded the IBA label when planning and construction are completed. All buildings and neighbourhoods with the IBA Label take part in IBA Heidelberg's final presentation.
FIVE QUALITY CRITERIA FOR AN IBA PROJECT
The project should be committed to the common good and be based on the idea of a city where diverse lifestyles co-exist.
Aiming to achieve distinctive architectural and structural qualities, the project must strive for the best possible solution. Outstanding expertise is incorporated into the development process, for example through international architecture competitions.
Each IBA project should exhibited as a prototype with an innovative approach that gains international recognition. Despite changing architectural styles throughout the years, each IBA project should sustain as a role model for other projects worldwide.
The IBA project should make a noticeable contribution to the structural improvement of its surroundings. It must have the potential to create identity for the respective neighbourhood or urban space.
In addition to its original function, the project should be adaptable to be used for other purposes aswell. It should allow a wide range of usage in order to meet the challenges of a heterogeneous society in the knowledge-based society.