27. APRIL – 8. JULY
Mark Twain Center | Römerstraße, Ecke Rheinstraße | Heidelberg-Südstadt

Mid-term! Before all projects of the Heidelberg International Building Exhibition can be viewed “in real” at the final presentation in 2022, the IBA showed an interim status in 2018 and provided a comprehensive insight into IBA’s past and future processes and projects.

At the core of the interim presentation was an extensive exhibition at the Mark-Twain-Center. It explained what an IBA is all about, and vividly illustrated the IBA_PROJECTS and IBA_CANDIDATES in Heidelberg. To see the bigger picture the exhibition also looked at other science cities of comparable size: A concise synopsis showed how an international discussion about urban development was taking place on the subject of »Wissen schafft Stadt« (“knowledge based urbanism”) and presented inspiring examples and visions.

The exhibition

For the first time ever, all IBA projects were presented to the public. The progress from the idea to the real building, square or park was illustrated through design concepts and expert opinions, as well as reports from workshops and from the construction sites. Interactive exhibition elements invited visitors to browse and discover the content.

In the specialist discourse, Heidelberg is also referred to as “Knowledge Pearl” – the term describes small and medium-sized science cities with a global reputation. The exhibition elaborated on this term, drawing on historical sources and current insights into the scientific and educational landscape. Heidelberg’s knowledge landscape was vividly conveyed by means of unconventional and unexpected exhibits.

Cities such as Leuven, Lund or Cambridge are examples of Knowledge Pearls from across Europe. Since its very beginning, IBA has maintained a lively exchange with these cities. Visitors were able to listen, see and touch exhibits at different stations to experience what is going on in cities like Heidelberg.