NEWSLETTER 94 from 09/06/2007

Internationale Bauausstellung (IBA)

1. Encountered: "IBA meets IBA" in Hamburg
2. Investigated: Geotope Day in the Arch
3. Debated: Local Meeting at the Bio-Towers
4. Enlightened: Artistic Highlight in Year of Energy
5. Completed: Last Building Blocks for IBA Pilot Area


"IBA meets IBA" in Hamburg

There have been International Building Exhibitions (IBA) in Germany for some 100 years. The remit of each IBA has evolved in line with the social environment of the time and the challenges of urban development. The M:AI - the Museum of Architecture and the Art of Engineering, North Rhine-Westphalia - is now presenting a mobile exhibition on the history and future of the IBA in conjunction with the IBA Hamburg 2013. The exhibition traces its origins in Darmstadt with the Mathildenhöhe (1901), the "Interbau" of 1957 in Berlin and finally the more recent "IBAs" Emscher Park (1989-1999), Fürst-Pückler-Land and Hamburg 2013. The first exhibition venue is the former shopping centre at Berta-Kröger-Platz in Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg (photograph by Martin Kunze). The exhibition will then tour Europe.

IBA Hamburg 2013


Geotope Day in the Arch

On Sunday 16 September, Geotope Day, the Förderverein Muskauer Faltenbogen [Muskau Arch Development Association] and the IBA invite you to take a guided walk through the Brandenburg section of the Muskauer Faltenbogen Geopark [Muskau Arch Geopark]. Start (10:00 hrs) and finish (around 13:00 hrs) are at the viewing tower on Felixsee [Lake Felix] near Bohsdorf. An expert guide will accompany you on a five-kilometre walk through the unique cratered landscape, characterised by excavations and red lakes from the pre-industrial mining era, past old coalworks and through the Reuthener Moor nature reserve. There are no paths on some parts of the walk, so sturdy walking shoes are strongly recommended. Light refreshments will be available at the end of the walk.Geotope Day is an annual event held on the third Sunday in September. The Muskauer Faltenbogen [Muskau Arch] has been a designated "National Geopark" since 2006. This gives it a similar status to the Harz or the Vulkaneifel regions. It is a special geological feature constantly under discussion by experts. Another such discussion is the 6th German-Polish Muskauer Faltenbogen [Muskau Arch] Geopark meeting scheduled to be held in Bad Muskau and Kromlau on 28 and 29 September. This year's theme is "The Muskauer Faltenbogen [Muskau Arch] as evidence of climate change". The event is being organised by the Entwicklungsgesellschaft Niederschlesische Oberlausitz (ENO) [Lower Silesia-Upper Lusatia Development Corporation].

Muskauer Faltenbogen


Local Meeting at the Bio-Towers

The Brandenburg State Office for the Preservation of Monuments (BLDAM) has issued an invitation to attend a local meeting in Lauchhammer at the bio-towers on 19th September from 14:00 hrs. The local meetings are part of the series of events "Es wird bewegt - und alles fließt" ("One move - and everything flows"), which is BLDAM's contribution to the Kulturland Brandenburg project. According to a statement made by BLDAM, it will be a "detailed look at the importance of water as a central element of regional development in the context of the protection and conservation of monuments". The meeting is aimed first and foremost at experts. However, the planned visit to the bio-towers clean-up site is open to all those interested.



Artistic Highlight in Year of Energy

The "Energy Region of Lusatia" is being transformed: alongside lignite, regenerative energy sources such as wind power and biomass are becoming increasingly important in the Lusatian estuary. The IBA will be showcasing a "shining example" - in the literal sense of the term - of structural transformation near Klettwitz as part of the Energy Region of Lusatia campaign from mid-September to the end of December (for exact dates please consult the local press) when Berlin artist Christoph Ernst illuminates a 150-metre high wind turbine with a spectacular light show installation. The so-called "Windmove" installation can already be seen easily from the A13 motorway. "Windmove" combines nature and technology with art. It is the biggest project to date for lighting artist Ernst, who says of his installation: "Here we have a symbiosis of poetry and function" – as the movements of the 44-metre long rotor blades of the V90 wind power plant generate, as if by magic, a dynamic work of art of ever-changing colours in the night sky. This effect is produced by 144 special luminous films applied to the three rotor blades by Ernst. Light patterns are produced, changing constantly depending on wind strength and rotational speed. This artistic highlight of the IBA Year of Energy has been made possible by Vestas Blades in Lauchhammer and the GHF Group from Leer.



Last Building Blocks for IBA Pilot Area

No. 1 on the list of 25 IBA projects is the "IBA Pilot Area Großräschen-Süd". Following on from the clean-up of the former residential home owned by the Ilse Bergbau-Aktiengesellschaft mining company and its conversion into the IBA offices (2000), the opening of the stone-lined boulevard (2002), the IBA-Terrassen [IBA Terraces] (2004) and the Seebrücke [bridge over the lake] (2005), Brandenburg's Minister-President Matthias Platzeck inaugurated the See-Hotel [Lake Hotel] on 29 August. Within a year Großräschen businessman Gerold Schellstede created a four-star hotel with 77 beds from the ruins of the former hostel for single people. In so doing, he is the first private investor in the emerging Ilse-See [Lake Ilse] and a powerful symbol of the structural transformation of the former mining town into the lakeside town of Großräschen. At the end of the stone-lined boulevard Platzeck also opened the new "Belvedere" of Großräschen: the Victoria Heights viewing platform.


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