IBA_LOGbook N°1

The Future Knowledge City | Reflections

With LOGbook N°1 we highlight what makes Heidelberg so special from interdisciplinary perspectives, in short stories that are thought-provoking to cheerful and as a series of photographic observations.

Part 1 addresses the foundations of IBA Heidelberg, explaining the importance of the sciences and education in the context of building.

Part 2 explores the four areas of operation – science, learning spaces, networks and urban material cycles – in introductory texts and interview transcripts.

Part 3 places the focus on those people responsible for Heidelberg’s future: Multilevel governance is the term which forms a link to the other knowledge pearls, before returning to Heidelberg’s structures in the context of a research project by RWTH Aachen.


Trialog_1 | Science

Heidelberg is a “knowledge pearl”, a city of knowledge, whose future should not be left to chance. Willem van Winden’s analyses on indicators and typologies of knowledge cities (see page 50) form the basis for a discussion. Ernst Hubeli – a member of the Board of Trustees of IBA Heidelberg – conducted the talk with Kai Vöckler, who works at HfG Offenbach as an urbanist and Ulrike Gerhard, a human geography expert, who teaches and researches at Heidelberg University. Ernst Hubeli guided the discussion from the general to the particular, from knowledge places to universities with all their complex relationship networks, in which thanks to other actors there are shifts of balance.
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Trialog_2 | Learning spaces

Do we really live in an “open society”? and if so, in what spaces do its members communicate and learn? Karl-Heinz Imhäuser’s theories on the location of knowledge and the passing on of knowledge in an open society (see page 62) were discussed by Carl Zillich, Chief Curator of IBA Heidelberg, Angela Million, a planner, who does research into local education and urban development at TU Berlin, and Anne Sliwka, who as a professor for school education in Heidelberg largely concerns herself with comparing school development around the world and issues of diversity at schools.
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Trialog_3 | Networks

As a knowledge city Heidelberg must offer its citizens the best possible networking options. In his trialog Michael Braum, Executive Director of IBA, distinguished three types of networking: spatial-architectural, which is reflected in urban planning and architecture; mobility-related, which we find in traffic infrastructures, and digital networking which is debated in the context of Industry 4.0 and “smart city”. He spoke to social scientist and mobility expert Weert Canzler and the Chief Operating Office User Experience & Design, SAP Se, Michael Augsburger about Wilhelm Klauser’s theories.
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Trialog_4 | Urban material cycles

In these talks aspects of “urban metabolism” were discussed. As a member of the IBA Board of Trustees Undine Giseke spoke to the Dutch landscape architect and biennial curator Dirk Sijmons and the Heidelberg environmental physicist Werner Aeschbach, who is in charge of the Heidelberg “center for the environment”. In the trialog participants discussed the specific implications a metabolic concept of the city can have for Heidelberg – for example a large urban renewal projects such as the Patrick Henry Village or smaller ones like the Heidelberg utility thermal storage facility or the Agricultural park Heidelber in Bahnstadt.
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