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A »knowledge city of the future« is emerging on the Patrick-Henry-Village conversion site in Heidelberg. In a one-year planning phase zero, international urban designers developed scenarios in dialogue with supra-regional and local experts and the urban community of Heidelberg. KCAP Architects&Planners have brought together the visionary approaches of MVRDV (Netherlands), Carlo Ratti Associati (Italy), ASTOC (Germany), Ramboll Liveable Cities Lab (Germany) and the University of Brighton (United Kingdom) to create a development vision that Kees Christiaanse presented in Heidelberg in March 2017.

IBA_LAB was held for the sixth time on 5 and 6 June 2018 as part of the IBA Heidelberg interim presentation. The aim of the research and debating session was to highlight the urbanistic and architectural dimensions of social change.

In midterm presentation IBA Heidelberg had sought dialog and interaction with the public through the exhibition and the multi-faceted accompanying program featuring over 60 public events, more than 40 guided tours, a school mediation program, and many other activities. Statistics counted around 12,000 visitors after ten weeks.

The Pfaffengrund district of Heidelberg will be home to a new landmark symbolising the energy transition: A 55-meter-high energy storage facility is under construction on the Stadtwerke premises, the municipal energy supplier. This project facilitates an education space, a restaurant and an energy and activity park.

Learning from and with each other is the core objective of the new Collegium Academicum, a student dorm on former US hospital grounds in Heidelberg. The flexible timber construction facilitates a self-determined life for students and trainees. The project tries to make democracy a tangible experience and to promote cultural and social exchange through architecture.

The association WERKstattSCHULE e. V. offers practical handicraft projects in the building of a former railway depot between in Heidelberg. In cooperation with IBA, the successful project "exPRO3" for extra-curricular education strives to expand in space and content.

In 2001, the Prinzhorn Collection has opened its doors in the Heidelberg district of Bergheim. It shows art by people who underwent psychiatric experiences. With IBA's support, the collection plans a structural extension to create more space for a permanent exhibition and a gallery for prints and drawings.

IBA began its work in 2012 and celebrated its half-time in 2018. First Deputy Mayor of Heidelberg, Jürgen Odszuck, and Prof. Michael Braum, Managing Director of IBA Heidelberg, sum up eventful years.

What challenges do "Knowledge Pearls" face today? How can architectural and urbanistic qualities be harmonised with scientific excellence? These questions were raised at the second IBA_SUMMIT, which took place at the studio of the Villa Bosch in Heidelberg on 19 March 2016.

What will tomorrow's knowledge city look like and what planning tools and perspectives do we need for it? On 27 September 2017, IBA Heidelberg's LAB investigated the question of how the European city must transform itself in order to meet the demands of the knowledge-based society. The event took place at the Baden-Württemberg representation in Berlin. 

On behalf of IBA Heidelberg, the Digital Design Unit (DDU) at Darmstadt Technical University developed the IBA_GAME | 20,000 BLOCKS to collect fresh ideas on urban diversity, urban density and green spaces for the Patrick Henry Village in Heidelberg. The game is based on Minecraft, the best-selling computer game of all time. It allows players to design their own ideas, projects and neighbourhoods for the new district. Experiences in architecture are not required.

Which planning procedures are best suited to shaping urban development in a cooperative manner? How can building projects of the public sector, businesses and citizens succeed on the basis of fruitful cooperation? IBA_LAB N°4 on 11 and 12 October 2016 was about new communities of responsibility in cities.

IBA invited representatives from politics, business and science from Heidelberg as well as worldwide university cities to share their insights on knowledge based urbanism. Bernhard Eitel, Rector of Heidelberg University shares his experiences.

IBA invited representatives from politics, business and science from Heidelberg as well as worldwide university cities to share their insights on knowledge based urbanism. Eva Dalman is project manager in the north-eastern district of Brunnshög in Lund and speaks on the Science Village Scandinavia". On 18 hectares, the "Science Village Scandinavia" is to provide a perfect environment for research and innovation. 

The midterm presentation of IBA Heidelberg exhibited the projects, candidates and processes. Carl Zillich, curatorial director of IBA Heidelberg, and Hanne Rung, project manager of the midterm presentation, talk about the exhibition.

At IBA Heidelberg's third LAB on 7 and 8 October 2015, researchers, architects and interested parties discussed the future of architecture for the world of science. The LAB was organized in cooperation with Heidelberg University.

On 15 and 16 September 2014, IBA Heidelberg joined up with the Wüstenrot Foundation to organize ZukunftsWerkstattWohnbauen. The event was accompanied by a public symposium, which gave the participants, but also the citizens of Heidelberg, the opportunity to discuss the current issues in urban development at the interface of theory and practice.

IBA invited representatives from politics, business and science from Heidelberg as well as worldwide university cities to share their insights on knowledge based urbanism. Stacey Sörensen, Professor of Physics and Pro Vice Chancellor of Lund University, sees the dialogue between city and university as the key to successful urban development.

IBA invited representatives from politics, business and science from Heidelberg as well as worldwide university cities to share their insights on knowledge based urbanism. Dr. Martin Hinoul is Business Development Manager of the Leuven knowledge economy region, based at the long-standing Catholic University (K.U.). The city and the university have been collaborating closely and trustingly for many years, especially in the field of business development. 

IBA invited representatives from politics, business and science from Heidelberg as well as worldwide university cities to share their insights on knowledge based urbanism. Jürgen Odszuck has been First Deputy Mayor of the City of Heidelberg since 2016 and also Chairman of the Supervisory Board of IBA Heidelberg and shares his experiences.

The trialogue addressed urban metabolisms in the city and their specific consequences for Heidelberg. As a member of the IBA Board of Trustees, Prof. Undine Giseke spoke with Dutch landscape architect and Biennale curator Prof. Dirk Sijmons and Heidelberg environmental physicist Prof. Dr. Werner Aeschbach from theInstitute of Environmental Physics at Heidelberg University.

As a knowledge city, Heidelberg must offer its citizens the best networks. Prof. Michael Braum, Managing Director IBA Heidelberg, spoke in a trialogue with social scientist and mobility researcher Dr. Weert Canzler and Chief Operating Office of User Experience & Design, SAP Se, Michael Augsburger about the theses of architecture journalist Wilhelm Klauser.

The »IBA_LOCAL – A different view on Heidelberg« series of city walks covered all districts of Heidelberg and their educational and scientific institutions. In the course of walking and in discussions with local and travelled experts the spatial opportunities and challenges became apparent.

Where are the places of knowledge for young people in Heidelberg? Where did they learn something valuable for themselves? Which places inspired them? To answer these questions, in May 2015, IBA Heidelberg launched an ideas competition for pupils and students in the city.

Do we actually live in an »open society«? Where are the spaces for its members to learn and to communicate? Dr. Karl-Heinz Imhäuser's theses on the location and dissemination of knowledge in an open society were discussed by Carl Zillich, curatorial director of IBA Heidelberg, in a trialogue with Prof. Angela Million, urban designer at the Technical University of Berlin and Prof. Anne Sliwka, professor of educational science at Heidelberg University.

Heidelberg is a »Knowledge Pearl«, a city of science. Prof. Willem van Winden's analyses of indicators and typologies of science cities are the basis of a trialogue between Prof. Ernst Hubeli, member of the board of trustees of IBA Heidelberg, Prof. Dr. Kai Vöckler, urbanist at HfG Offenbach, and Prof. Dr. Dr. Kai Vöckler, urbanist at HfG Offenbach Prof. Dr. Ulrike Gerhard, Head of the Institute of Geography at Heidelberg University.

At the IBA_ACADEMY in March 2014, students from Germany and abroad were given the opportunity to devote themselves to Heidelberg's challenges and opportunities and to develop innovative visions for the city during a one-week workshop.

The route of the eighth IBA walk took the guests along playgrounds and container nurseries, university buildings and music schools, old medicine pavilions and exhibition rooms.

The urban sociologist and IBA board member Prof. Dr. Susanne Frank from TU Dortmund, the head of the arts section Christian Thomas from the TV programme Frankfurter Rundschau and Holger Schultze, director of the Theater Heidelberg, provided important impulses and perspectives. In dialogue with the walkers, they shared their thoughts on the architecture of the new Bahnstadt and the architectural developments in Bergheim. Musical intermezzos were offered by the Mannheim based artist collective KOHEMA. Singer and songwriter Alex Mayr and her band provided acoustic interludes in unusual places.

Four members of HardChor had especially set up an ensemble for the seventh walk through the districts of Rohrbach & Kirchheim in Heidelberg. From the Eichendorff School the journey continued via the renovated market in Rohrbach to the »Quartier am Turm« and on to the International Comprehensive School in Kirchheim. This is where IBA Heidelberg and its guests learned about the newly designed Citizen Center before moving on to the Kurpfalz and Geschwister-Scholl Schools to the Gregor Mendel Realschule. The view from the outside was provided by Dr. Ursula Baus, architecture critic of frei04publizistik from Stuttgart and the Heidelberg sculptor and art pedagogue Matthis Bacht.

Heidelberg's East with the Neckar Valley was on the agenda at IBA_LOCAL in October 2014. The route covered top research institutions, schools and teaching hospitals, museums and community centres: The dialogues addressed the whole bandwidth of the knowledge society, issues of urban infrastructure, mobility and everyday places of communication. Pantomimic intervention, choreographed by Stefan Wabner and the nonverbalists, allowed the strollers to see familiar places in a different light. Architecture journalist Wilhelm Klauser debated with Heidelberg project developer Andreas Epple.

In July 2014, IBA discussed with Prof. Dr. Ulrike Gerhard, head of the Geographical Institute at Heidelberg University, architectural critic Olaf Bartels, IBA Board of Trustees member Prof. Ulf Matthiesen, Karin Werner-Jensen, chairwoman of the Altstadtverein, and numerous local protagonists the opportunities of further development for the Old Town.

In April 2014, IBA_LOCAL N°4 started its journey from the schools in Wieblingen-Mitte to the district of Pfaffengrund. The route led via the former railway depot to the SRH canteen »Cube«, where the walk ended with a panel discussion. This time, Ingrid Wolschin, Managing Director of Karlstorbahnhof, journalist Rolf Lautenschläger, of taz newspaper and Boris Sieverts from Büro für Städtereisen delivered inspiring input.

On a stroll through Neuenheim and Handschuhsheim in February 2014, Prof. Michael Braum and Carl Zillich, together with Jakob J. Kollhöfer, Director of the German-American Institute, the journalist Reinhard Hübsch, SWR, and Prof. Undine Giseke, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Technical University of Berlin, visited places of knowledge in the two districts of Neuenheim & Handschuhsheim. The artists of »Art van demon« surprised the guests with an art mob - spontaneously set-up performing arts in the street space.

In November 2013, a tour under the motto »Seeing Weststadt & Südstadt in a different light« took us from the English Institute via the school campus south of the Weststadt/Südstadt railway station to the Christuskirche church in Weststadt. Joining Prof. Michael Braum and Carl Zillich at IBA_LOCAL N°2 were Jagoda Marinić, author and director of the Intercultural Center Heidelberg, and the Berlin based journalist and architecture critic Oliver G. Hamm. Occasionally, the »Unterwegs« theatre under the direction of Bernhard Fauser interrupted the dialogue with artistic installations. The closing panel discussion in the Christuskirche focused on potential IBA initiatives for the two districts.

Seeing familiar surroundings in a different way - this is what the event format IBA_LOCAL was about. IBA Heidelberg organised walks through various urban districts. The first event encompassed a visit to Boxberg and Emmertsgrund in September 2013. IBA was accompanied by architecture critic Amber Sayah, from the newspaper Stuttgarter Zeitung. The three-hour walk did not only focus on the opportunities offered by educational buildings and corresponding services: dancers and parkour runners surprised the group with artistic interludes.