International Building ExhibitionsStandards | Routines | Innovation 

For more than a century, international building exhibitions have brought the current issues of planning and building into the focus of national and international discussion. IBA stand for a high standard: They are experimental fields for urban and regional development and hallmarks of national building and planning culture. What are the strenghts of the format? How can the IBA commitment to innovation be consistently renewed? How do IBA locations face up to the responsibility of great tradition?

The aim of the conference is 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 are to exchange 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 conference will be held in German.

The IBA Conference is 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.

Participation in the conference is free of charge, but the number of places is limited. Please register by 7 November 2019. To register for the conference please send an e-mail to:


14 November 2019
6.00 – 10.00 pm

Admission: 5.30 pm

Moderation: Monika Seynsche, journalist

6.00 pm
Where do innovations come from and how do they unfold?
Prof. Dr. Oliver Ibert, Leibniz Institute for Spatial Social Research Erkner / BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg

6.45 pm
Good morning everyone!
Stories, poems, and reports from storytelling projects about transformation and the future in and around Stuttgart.
Students at the Centre for Sustainable Development, Nürtingen University of Applied Sciences-Geislingen
Dr. Rainer Nübel, journalist and project supervisor

7.15 pm
Topics for the future
Dr. Marta Doehler-Behzadi, IBA Thüringen, Managing Director
Holger Haas, IBA StadtRegion Stuttgart, Managing Director
Kurt Hofstetter, IBA Vienna, Coordinator
Monica Linder-Guarnaccia, IBA Basel, Managing Director
Mathea Severeijns, IBA Parkstad, Managing Director
Carl Zillich, IBA Heidelberg, Curatorial Director
Prof. Dr. Werner Durth, IBA Expert Council

8.00 pm
Conclusion and Reception
Monika Thomas, Head of Department Urban Development, Housing at the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community

15. November 2019
9.30 am – 6.00 pm

Admission: 9.00 am

Moderation: Monika Seynsche, Journalist

9.30 am
Together for quality – the role of the federal government
Anne Katrin Bohle, State Secretary, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Home Affairs

9.50 am
Strategic groundwork: phase 1 of the IBA process
Dr. Sonja Beeck and Jörn Walter (IBA Expert Council) in conversation with:
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Agnes Förster, RWTH Aachen University, Chair of Planning Theory and Urban Development / Board of Trustees IBA Stuttgart
Martin Heller, Heller Enterprises, Zürich
Karl Jasper, IBA Expert Council
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ursula Stein, Büro Stein, Urban and Regional Planning, Frankfurt am Main / International Advisory Board of REGIONALE 2025


11.20 am
Coffee Break, Exchange and Conversations

11.50 am
Qualification and innovation
Start and implementation: phase 2 of the IBA process
Dr. Reimar Molitor and Prof. Dr. Walter Siebel (IBA Expert Council) in conversation with:
Barbara Brakenhoff, BUGA Heilbronn, Neckarbogen City Exhibition
Prof. Michael Braum, IBA Heidelberg, Managing Director
Prof. Dr. Rainer Danielzyk, Leibniz University Hannover, Institute for Environmental Planning / Academy for Spatial Research and Landesplanung
Uli Hellweg, Hellweg Urban Concept, Berlin


1.20 pm
Lunch, Exchange and Conversations

2.20 pm
Between stage and reflection
Presentation, closure, and post-IBA: phases 3 and 4 of the IBA process
Angelika Fitz and Prof. Christa Reicher (IBA Expert Council) in conversation with:
Katja Fischer, IBA Thüringen, Programme and Project Director
Prof. Bart Lootsma, University of Innsbruck, Institute for Architectural Theory and Architectural History
Friederike Meyer, Editor-in-Chief BauNetz Meldungen
Prof. Rudolf Scheuvens, TU Vienna, Dean of Architecture and Spatial Planning / Consultant IBA Vienna
Laura Weißmüller, journalist, architecture critic, Süddeutsche Zeitung


4.30 pm
Coffee Break, Exchange and Conversations

5.00 pm
The “long reach” of IBA – what remains
Prof. Dr. Walter Siebel, IBA Expert Council

5.30 pm
Gabriele Kautz, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community
Dr. Markus Eltges, Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development