International Building ExhibitionsStandards | Routines | Innovation 

Berlin, Vollgutlager

IBA stand for innovation, for internationally relevant issues and a traditionally high standard: They are experimental fields for urban and regional development and hallmarks of national building and planning culture. What are the strengths of the format? How can the IBA commitment to innovation be consistently renewed? How can IBA facilitate internationally exemplary innovation and how can they be successful in the future?

These questions were the focus of the conference “International Building Exhibitions: Standards | Routines | Innovation”, which brought together some 250 participants from science, politics and administration, but above all from (IBA) practice, in Berlin on 14 and 15 November 2019. The conference structure was based on the phases of an IBA from the pre-IBA phase to the continuation of the results, thus providing a clear framework for the complex issues posed by the topic.

The aim of the conference was to explore what distinguishes the IBA brand from other formats of urban and regional development, to strengthen its qualities and to develop long-term future prospects for the format. Politics, planning, science and civil society exchanged views on how innovation processes emerge, how future topics can be made tangible and how the role of the Federal Government in IBA processes is to develop.

The results of the conference were published in the workbook “IBA im Wandel – Zur Zukunft Internationaler Bauausstellungen” (“IBA in Transition – Towards the Future of International Building Exhibitions”) containing reflections, propositions and recommendations from conference contributors.

The IBA Conference was part of the ExWoSt research project “IBA im Wandel – ein Stadt- und Regionalentwicklungsformat mit (internationaler) Zukunft” (“IBA in Transition – an Urban and Regional Development Format with (International) Future”) of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community and the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development.