4+1 Topics for the future knowledge city

Urban development requires a complex conceptual approach: Accordingly, the body of experts of IBA, the IBA_BOARD OF TRUSTEES, explored the guiding theme Knowledge | Based | Urbanism in detail by addressing 4 topical areas +1 additional area. The IBA already supervises projects in these areas, is looking for projects or actively encouraging suitable projects. Each of these topics raises its own set of questions regarding the future knowledge city:


What type of buildings will university institutes or research institutes need in future? What will a campus look like in future? How can the synergies between the various disciplines in the city be exploited? What interfaces exist between teaching, research and development and everyday life in Heidelberg?


Knowledge is not only reflected in the area of academic institutions. It is equally shown in cultural and educational institutions such as schools, workshops or exhibition spaces. How can their buildings be innovatively designed? What synergies can result from the collaboration between the various actors and interests?


What will the public realm look like in “tomorrow’s knowledge city?” How does mobility work in the knowledge society? What impact will Industry 4.0 have on urban development? How can we network the various knowledge places with one another? How can the difference knowledge environments be connected with one another? What new neighborhoods can be created through shared outdoor spaces?


Every city has its own material cycles. It consumes water, food, energy and producers from these things products, knowledge and also waste. What can we learn from this? How can we ensure these processes are sustainable? What role does nature play? What happens to landscape and agriculture close to cities, when they are to allow recreation, knowledge communication and productivity? How can we bring nature back into the city?


How can the various interests in urban development be harnessed to increase the potential for innovation? What planning and participatory procedures are suitable for creating cooperative urban development? How can construction projects whether government ones, commercial, science related or initiated by communities succeed through good collaboration? What structures does this require? And how can they be consolidated?