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The Goals and Impact of the XXI. UIA World Congress of Architecture 2002 in Berlin

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The World Congress of Architecture organised by the Union Internationale des Architectes (UIA) and the Bund Deutscher Architekten BDA, which is taking place in Germany for the first time in July 2002, is of exceptional importance to architects in this country and to all those who play an important role in planning and construction:

Socio-political importance:
With German President, Johannes Rau, announcing that he will act as patron of the XXI. World Congress of Architecture 2002 in Berlin and German Chancellor, Gerhard Schröder, addressing the opening ceremony on 23 July 2002, the Congress has assumed great socio-political importance, in addition to the attention it has received internationally through the participation of prominent representatives of international organisations.
The decision to hold the World Congress of Architecture in Berlin was taken in Barcelona in 1996 and received considerable moral support from the then federal minister for building and current UNEP secretary-general, Klaus Töpfer, and from the former deputy mayor of Berlin and present federal minister Christine Bergmann against keen competition from Venice, Florence, Melbourne and Tel Aviv. At the dawning of the new century, the Congress provides an optimal platform for continuing the interdisciplinary, cross-border dialogue, initiated ten years ago, on improving living and environmental conditions throughout the world:
-The Conference on Environment and Development 1992 in Rio de Janeiro,
-The UN Conference on Human Settlements (HABITAT II) 1996 in Istanbul,
-The International Urban Development Conference, URBAN 21 2000, in Berlin,
-The XXI. World Congress of Architecture 2002 in Berlin.

Central Project:
The organisers have declared the upwind solar plant developed by Jörg Schlaich (and awaiting contruction) the Central Project of the Congress and a symbol of a work of engineering that is not only technically feasible but also represents a long overdue breakthrough to a new (energy) age.

In an increasingly urbanised world, built architecture, along with our natural resources, is not only one of humanity’s most valuable possessions, but also a source of dialogue between the civilisations, whose future co-existence in peace and freedom has been gravely endangered by the terror attacks in New York and Washington on 11 September 2001. If our built environment is the product of technical, political, economic and socio-cultural processes, then its physical qualities remain the raw material from which we shape our living conditions. Preserving and developing these is the great task facing architecture in the 21st century.
In this context, the development of strategies for sustainable buildings that fulfil the needs of cyclical economies will play just as an important a role as the way we design our cities and rural spaces as habitats - despite their vulnerability, which has become so evident in the meantime.
The preservation and modernisation of existing structures must go hand in had with the creation and continued development of building forms that meet the challenges of the present and the future.
These themes have found great resonance within our professions, as the response to the organisers’ Call for Contributions demonstrates: we have received more than 650 proposals from more than 700 authors all over the world on the agenda for the Congress forums and workshops. This response, which has exceeded everyone’s expectations, validates better than anything else the organisers’ intentions to stage a Congress that is not merely directed from ‘above’.

Berlin and the Main Congress:
Since 1989, a capital city - a 21st-century European metropolis - has been taking shape in Berlin. People active in all areas of life, society and politics, culture and business, ecology and transport, the centre and the periphery, laboratories and workshops, are creating a city facing a new future, a city that fascinates architects across the globe.
The five days of the Main Congress are devoted to the plenary events, and will involve internationally renowned keynote speakers from the fields of politics, science, business, culture and architecture. The city and society, nature and the built environment, innovation and tradition as well as space and identity are the central themes of the Congress. They will be examined in greater depth in the forums and in the project and city workshops. The project categories urban construction and the economy, living and working, culture and communication, mobility and infrastructure, will provide a framework for the contributions selected from the responses to the Call for Contributions.
The special highlights will be the evening and cultural events with Work Reports on renowned and young architects at specific locations in the city.

Preliminary Conferences in 7 Cities outside Berlin:
The specialised preliminary conferences taking place in advance of the Main Congress will form the prelude to the World Congress. Under the heading ‘Resource Architecture’, each of the conferences, which are hosted by the BDA-Land associations and other organisations in the cities of Essen, Frankfurt am Main, Hamburg, Leipzig, Dessau, Munich, Rostock and Stuttgart, will be debating specific areas in an international exchange.

Dialogues between Generations:
The organisers have invited up-and-coming architects to participate in the Congress the programme in many different ways, and on an unprecedented scale. Apart from the International Student Competition, the International Student Workshop and other workshops, all the other events will be open to students from across the globe.

Promoting Co-operation:
In conjunction with the Architecture and Building Culture initiative launched by the Federal Ministry for Transport, Building and Housing and the Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Verbände der Architekten, Ingenieure und Stadtplaner, this interdisciplinary Congress will make a decisive contribution to promoting co-operation at a national level and, above all, at an international level, if it succeeds in bringing home the socio-political relevance of the most important Congress themes.
Only by engaging in an interdisciplinary and international exchange as equal partners will we be able to tackle the most urgent tasks and create an environment worth living in, as well as raise questions and indicate possible solutions. To this end, the organisers expect the Congress to be attended by innumerable architects, urban planners, interior designers and landscape architects, engineers, entrepreneurs, artists and philosophers, economists, ecologists and students from all over the world.

Competitiveness and Export Prospects:
The XXI. World Congress of Architecture wants to enhance the image of everyone in Germany working in the fields of planning and construction vis-à-vis their rivals on the international stage. We can also improve the export prospects for German architects, engineers and urban planners, as well as the German building industry in the broadest sense, if we succeed, by combining forces, in finding an appropriate form for demonstrating our efficiency and inventiveness.

Partnership-based Sponsoring and Trade Fairs:
More than 30 private-sector companies have expressed great interest in participating in the Congress. The main sponsors, who have already committed themselves - Graphisoft Deutschland AG, Autodesk GmbH, Deutsche Post AG and Schüco International KG - and the co-sponsors - Hochtief AG, Schindler Aufzüge und Fahrtreppen GmbH and Bluepool AG – are making a substantial contribution to pre-financing the Congress and to the Congress programme. Some of the events and exhibitions of the sponsors and of Audi AG, as so-called Official Carrier of the Congress, will supplement the official programme. Talks are being held with a number of other companies that wish to act as patrons for selected events. The Congress, with its numerous events, exhibitions and social events, will be accompanied by the PlanCom (international trade fair for the planning professions in the building industry), which will be presenting innovative products, systems and services. This trade fair, which is not only open to Congress participants, but also to other experts and people interested in this field, is being organised by AFAG Messen und Ausstellungen AG, Nuremberg.

Economic Effects:
The Congress, with an estimated 10,000 participants, as well as an anticipated 30,000 visitors to the trade fair and exhibitions, will create considerable business – to the tune of 15 to 18 million € - for the industries concerned (hotels, restaurants, Congress and travel agents, haulage firms, and so on) in Berlin and in the other German cities where the preliminary conferences will be held.

Architecture and Publicity:
It is our declared intention to hold an architectural congress that not only interests architects, but also to provide platforms for interdisciplinary dialogues that address the public. At the same time, we wish to give special attention to all the Congress venues around the city and include them in the programme following the motto: “How does the city present itself to architects? What can architects do to enhance the city?”
Given its unique character, the Congress ought to receive considerable attention not only from the trade press, but from all the other media as well. To ensure that this happens, a number of measures are planned - based on an extensive communication concept presenting the Congress events and goals - to inform both the professionals and the general public. Media partnerships are being prepared with the technical publishing houses Bertelsmann/Springer and Birkhäuser as well as with the Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), Arte and 3sat television companies.

Termine, Teilnahmegebühren, Tagungsorte:
Preliminary conferences:
various venues 19-21 July 2002
Main Congress:
Berlin 22-26 July 2002
UIA-General Meeting:
Berlin 27-29 July 2002
Berlin 21-27 July 2002
Berlin 20-30 July 2002

until 07 April 02
Participants 380,00 EUR
Accompanying persons 230,00 EUR
Students 150,00 EUR

8 April-30 Juni 02
Participants 460,00 EUR
Accompanying persons 290,00 EUR
Students 185,00 EUR

from 01 July 02
Participants 575,00 EUR
Accompanying persons 345,00 EUR
Students 220,00 EUR

Conference Venues and Exhibition Sites:
The ICC and the Messe Berlin
The Tempodrom, the Staatsratsgebäude, the Museumsinsel, the Postbahnhof am Ostbahnhof, the Altes Museum, the Grundkreditbank, the Tränenpalast, galleries, the Deutsches Architektur Zentrum, studios and offices

Berlin, 12 March 2002

Carl Steckeweh
Secretary-general of the XXI. World Congress of Architecture 2002 in Berlin.

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