More than just “social housing”
Uli Hellweg on the question why social housing can only function in social neighbourhoods. In: New Social Housing – Positions on IBA Vienna 2022
January 2020, Garten + Landschaft Article: “Think IBA, BUGA & Co Together!
Uli Hellweg on the conceptual convergence of the IBA and BUGA formats and the opportunities for closer cooperation.
16 December 2019, Düsseldorf: Blue-Green Ring competition decided – Lord Mayor Thomas Geisel awards prizes
In a two-day jury meeting under the leadership of Uli Hellweg, the concepts of the remaining 16 entries of the competition for the Blue-Green Ring were examined in detail. The design by the team Raumwerk GmbH, Frankfurt a. M., with Seehof Gesellschaft für Kunst im urbanen Raum, Frankfurt a. M., was chosen as the winner. Their “Flow” concept is based on the basic idea of using the theme of water to link the various subspaces of the Blue-Green Ring with one another and to make the spatial and design context tangible.
4 December 2019, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: “No other area is so easy to develop”
“Urban planner Uli Hellweg heads the advisory board, which advises the city on the development of ‘Josefstadt’. – In an interview, Uli Hellweg explains the reasons why the development of the new “Quartier der Quartiere” district in the northwest of Frankfurt makes sense and is necessary.
20 November 2019, Frankfurter Rundschau: “Housing shortage can only be solved together”
Uli Hellweg on the chances of the new urban district in Frankfurt Northwest.
15-15 November 2019, Berlin: International Building Exhibitions – Claim |Daily Life |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. IBAs stand for high standards: they are a field of experimentation in urban and regional development and a trademark of national building and planning culture. What is the power of the format? How can the IBA promise of innovation be constantly renewed? How do IBA sites face up to the obligation of the great tradition?
How can IBA make internationally exemplary innovation possible – also in everyday life – and what must be done to ensure that this can continue to be successful in the future? This is what we want to discuss with you.
The aim of the conference is to sound out what distinguishes the IBA brand from other formats of urban and regional development, to strengthen its qualities and develop long-term future prospects for the format. Politics, planning, science and civil society are to exchange views on how innovation processes are created, how future issues can be made tangible and how
5 November 2019, Urban Planning – Lecture and Colloquium TU Dortmund: New Sub-Urbanities – A new relationship between town and country?
After periods of stagnation, cities and regions in Germany have experienced a strong influx of inhabitants in recent years, especially the “Big Seven” metropolitan areas of Berlin and Hamburg, Munich, Cologne, Frankfurt am Main, Stuttgart and Düsseldorf. This development benefits not only the centres and urban core areas of the cities, but the metropolitan regions as a whole. With their strategies of inner-city redensification, municipalities and regions are reaching the limits of what is feasible – there is a lack of space, but also increasing acceptance – while there is still a trend towards influx of new residents. There is therefore a trend towards the development of new districts in peripheral locations of the core city in order to meet the pressure for growth, and the question arises as to how the benefits and burdens of these growth movements are to be distributed.
20 September 2019, Stadtbauwelt: “Is the Renaissance of the City at an End?”
…or a chance for a new urban-rural relationship. Uli Hellweg in Stadtbauwelt 19.2019 on the current crisis of regional planning in Germany.
September 5, 2019, Frankfurt: Dual Leadership for Consilium ‘Frankfurt North-West’ Appointed
The Consilium “Neuer Stadtteil Frankfurt Nord-West” has a dual leadership: The eight members elected Silke Weidner and Uli Hellweg as chairpersons by circular resolution. They exercise their functions with immediate effect. The advisory board provides technical support for the preparatory studies on the new district.
“I congratulate the dual leadership very warmly on their election and look forward to continuing our good cooperation in the future,” says Mike Josef, head of the planning department. “I am very pleased that we now have two top-class experts as chairmen of this important body. Together with the other members of the Consilium, they will actively support us in the coming years in the great challenge of developing a new urban district.
July 1, 2019, db-Artikel: Wie eine urbane Vision zum städtebaulichen Störfall wird
In “Bauwelt”, Uli Hellweg comments on Christoph Ingenhoven’s plans for the area of the failed “WerkbundStadt” and the consequences of a land speculation that is incredible even by Berlin standards.
June 28, 2019, Berlin: Article Suburbanity by DensityUli Hellweg comments in “Bauwelt” on Christoph Ingenhoven’s plans for the area of the failed “WerkbundStadt” and the consequences of an unbelievable land speculation, even by Berlin standards.
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June 24, 2019, Munich: Symposium IBA International Building ExhibitionsInternational building exhibitions (IBA) are unique architecture and urban planning exhibitions that have earned international recognition. In the course of time, the IBAs have changed from architecture to building culture exhibitions, in which social, economic and ecological aspects as well as the quality of processes and participation increasingly came to the fore alongside aesthetic and technological aspects. An IBA negotiates life, housing and construction as well as mobility in cities and regions with a far-reaching claim to validity of their contents, organisation and presentation and provides important impulses for politics, business and science. The Free State of Bavaria has not yet had an International Building Exhibition. A feasibility study commissioned by the City of Munich now offers the opportunity to launch an IBA in Bavaria. At the same time, it could be a blueprint for possible further projects. An IBA would not only be a think tank for future issues of social change and an impetus for spatial development in the entire Free State, but would also have an international dimension.
May 21, 2019, Berlin: Berlin is growing! Berlin affordable. What a Social Urban Development Policy Must achieve.Conversation at the “Long Table” of the Architekturpreis Berlin e.V. with: Daniel Buchholz, MdA SPD Speaker for Urban Development Stefan Evers, MdA CDU Speaker for Urban Development Stefan Förster, MdA FDP spokesman for urban development and housing Katalin Gennburg, MdA DIE LINKE Spokeswoman for Urban Development Uli Hellweg, HELLWEG URBAN CONCEPT Prof. Elke Pahl-Weber, Institute for Urban and Regional Planning – Technische Universität Berlin Prof. Dr. Eberhard v. Einem, University of Technology and Economics
May 10, 2019 Frankfurt: Consilium For the Development of the New District “Frankfurt Nord-West” Starts Its WorkHead of Planning Josef introduces team of experts to tasks in Frankfurt
The Consilium “Frankfurt Nord-West” met for its constituent meeting on Friday, May 10. The advisory committee is to provide technical support for the preparatory investigations into the new urban development. Head of Planning Mike Josef stressed: “The planning of the new district is a complex task. My goal is to use the existing knowledge from Frankfurt, but also from other cities, at an early stage. I am very pleased that we have been able to appoint renowned experts to the Consilium who will support us in this very important task for Frankfurt in the coming years and who have already implemented similar projects in Berlin, Hamburg, Vienna, Cologne, Kassel, the Ruhr area and Leipzig.”.
April 11, 2019 Potsdam STADTFORUM: “Density isn’t all, but all is nothing without density”Uli Hellweg speaks at the Potsdam City Forum (“Stadtforum”) about one of the most controversial categories of urban development: density. The STADT FORUM POTSDAM is an independent institution, based on civil society initiatives, which deals with the relevant topics of Potsdam’s urban development in regular public events – cross-section-oriented and competent, with the participation of the responsible politicians from city and country, but also with the involvement of critical, non-binding expertise. More
March 27, 2019, Munich: FAQs and Facts On Urban Development LawUnder the pressure of housing shortages and speculation, more and more cities want to designate “urban development areas” in accordance with sections 165ff of the Building Code. The aim is not only to create the urgently needed living space, but also to create living quarters for living and working. The mistakes of the 70s must not be repeated! Uli Hellweg, responsible for two Berlin development areas on the Spree and Havel rivers for more than a decade, talks at the Munich Environment Academy about the peculiarities, obstacles and pitfalls of urban development law.
21 February 2019, Hamburg:La Fabrique de la Cité invites you to a conference-debate bringing together the main actors of the urban policy of Hamburg. This evening will also be an opportunity to question, beyond the case of Hamburg and in a Franco-German view, the differents ways to create urban innovation nowadays.
How to Create Urban Innovation?
IBA (Internationale Bauausstellung) Wilhelmsburg: An Exciting Laboratory For Sustainable, Resilient Cities And Urban Innovation
Mr. Uli HELLWEG, former Director of IBA Hamburg GmbH
Roundtable: What Instruments to Stimulate Urban Innovation? Comparison between Germany and France
Mr. Benoist APPARU, Mayor of Châlons-en-Champagne
Mr Henri BAVA, Founding Partner, TER Agency
Mr. Uli HELLWEG, former Director of IBA Hamburg GmbH
Mr. Vincent JOSSO (confirmed), Partner, Project Director, Le Sens de la Ville
Mr Jean ROTTNER, President of the Regional Council of the Grand Est
Mrs. Chloë VOISIN-BORMUTH, Director of Studies and Research, La Fabrique de la Cité
10 January 2019, Düsseldorf: International Competition “Blue-Green Ring” startsIn a unique participation and planning process, the City of Düsseldorf wants to revive the “Green Ring” in Düsseldorf, created by the great landscape planner Maximilian Friedrich Weyhe at the beginning of the 19th century, and develop it into a catalyst for urban planning and open space networking in the city. In the “Blaugrünen Ring”, the numerous art and cultural institutions are to be merged to form a holistic experience and culture mile. To this end, the City of Düsseldorf has launched an international open space planning, urban development and artistic competition after intensive citizen participation. The task of the competition is to create a link between the art and cultural sites loosely juxtaposed by post-war planning and to merge the testimonies of garden and urban culture into an art and cultural landscape interwoven with the urban space. The international, visionary, urban planning, open space planning and artistic competition “Blaugrüner Ring” covers an area of about 158 hectares. In the first phase, 60 competition participants are working on developing an overall concept for the Blaugrüner Ring. In a second phase, starting in June 2019, approximately 20 interdisciplinary teams will deepen the overall concept and selected subspaces. The processing stages will be supplemented by a public exhibition and discussion of the interim results. A jury of experts will accompany the process and will judge the winners in December 2019.
14 December, Berlin:In the article “No WerkbundStadt” Uli Hellweg shows the mechanisms of speculation and political helplessness using the example of the failed model project “WerkbundStadt Berlin”. The article led to fierce controversies in the Deutscher Werkbund Berlin, as a result of which Uli Hellweg resigned as Chairman of the Board of the Deutscher Werkbund Berlin.
Article “No WerkbundStadt” published in “Bauwelt”
Read article: Keine Werkbundstadt
4 November, Berlin: Julius Posener Prize awarded to Jan GehlThe Danish architect and urban planner Jan Gehl receives the Julius Posener Prize 2018, which appreciates his worldwide engagement to liveable cities. He developed a very remarkable approach for analyzing and exploring architecture and urban planning in terms of human quality of life. In the last decades of his work, he has examined the structures of spaces like no other, he observed the users behaviour and studied their behavioural patterns, in order to develop cautious proposals for change. These proposals are never about radical solutions, but always about the process of implementing ideas step by step. „Cities for People“ – the title of his book tothe „Grammar of the City“, also published in German in 2015 (“Städte für Menschen”) – has become a lexicon of urban development
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31 October, Berlin: Deutscher Werkbund Regrets Cancellation of “WerkbundStadt Berlin” by OwnersThe Executive Board of the Deutscher Werkbund Berlin regrets the cancellation of the model project by the owners. “The new owners are obviously not prepared to comply with the rules of the target agreement, because we demanded no more and no less,” said chairman Uli Hellweg. “The model character of a Werkbund project must also be reflected in the way in which it deals with each other and in the process design,” said Christiane Thalgott, member of the advisory board. “For the state of Berlin, this calls into question a outstandig urban development project,” continued the former Munich City Councilor.
Press release WerkbundStadt of 31.10.2018
23 October, Kassel: 75 Years of Reconstruction and Urban Planning – Kassel 1943-2018Reports and moderated discussion. Four city planning councillors from three decades report on their planning priorities: Prof. Dr. Christiane Thalgott, City Planning Councillor in Kassel from 1987 to 1992, Uli Hellweg, City Planning Councillor from 1992 to 1996, Bernd Streitberger, City Planning Councillor from 1999 to 2004, Christof Nolda, City Planning Councillor in Kassel since 2012. More
20 September, Stuttgart: 8th Building Law Days (Baurechtstage) Baden-WürttembergUli Hellweg reports on his practical work as managing director of development companies in Berlin, Hamburg and Luxembourg as well as on his current consulting activities in the application of urban development measures (SEM). He shows in which cases the SEM fits and discusses questions of practical implementation with the participants.More
27 August 2018, Amsterdam: Urban Energy TransitionThe second volume “Urban Energy Transition” edited by Peter Droege is published with a contribution by Uli Hellweg entitled “Renewable Wilhelmsburg – Using the International Building Exhibition to Fight Climate Change”. More
August 23-25, 2018, Bremen: Housing Days in BremenThe Bremen House – a model of the future? – Panel discussion with Uli Hellweg, Martin Pampus, Dr. Ben Brix and Prof. Katja Pahl. With the Urban Development Plan for Housing, or STEP Wohnen for short, the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen is setting the framework for a new model of “living” from 2021. What traditions and qualities can one rely on? What are the future requirements and goals? What changes do we have to react to in planning and projects? The input of experts is just as important as the ideas and opinions of the citizens.
10 July 2018, Düsseldorf: Raumwerk DUli Hellweg will give the keynote speech at the specialist event “Raumwerk D”. Düsseldorf plans to develop a spatial structure for the city and its subspaces in a broad-based citizen participation process. Raumwerk D is intended to develop an urban development concept for Düsseldorf at an urban level in a discursive process with the city society.
Juni 20, 2018, Essen: Symposium “Glückauf Nachbarn”How does integration in the neighbourhood work? How can the participation of all people be ensured – regardless of origin, age, religion, education or social status? How must living, living and working be designed and connected? To answer these questions, VIVAWEST and RAG Montan Immobilien have initiated the project “Glückauf Nachbarn – Modellquartier Integration”. In a multi-stage innovative process with a theoretical think tank and practical workshop phase, four international, interdisciplinary planning teams developed solutions with a model character for integration-promoting neighbourhood development. These results will be presented for the first time in their entirety at the symposium “Glückauf Nachbarn – Impulse für erfolgreich Integration im Quartier” on 20 June 2018. More
June 19, 2018, Berlin (Bücherbogen at Savignyplatz): Open Architecture – Migration, Citizenship and the Urban Renewal of Berlin-Kreuzberg by IBA 1984/87Conversation with Esra Akcan (Author), Uli Hellweg (Deutscher Werkbund Berlin e.V.), Kader Konuk (Universität Duisburg-Essen), Vittorio Magnano Lampugnani (Architect and Architectural Historian), Cihan Arin (Architect)
Moderated by Jan Krause (Professor for Architecture Education)
May 24, 2018, Hamburg: Competition for Hamburg’s New District Oberbillwerder DecidedThe decision for Hamburg’s new large urban expansion area “Oberbillwerder” has been made. On 24 May 2018, the Advisory Board of the Competitive Dialogue chaired by Uli Hellweg selected the winning design for Oberbillwerder with a clear 18:2 vote: the Danish-Dutch-German planning team ADEPT Aps with Karres + Brands and Transsolar Energietechnik. The “The Connected City” design blends in perfectly with the existing landscape structure and creates new connections to the neighbouring districts. Oberbillwerder is developed as an “Active City” model district and is decisively influenced by the topics of health, nutrition and sport. More
April 20, 2018, Düsseldorf: Competition For the Redesign of “Konrad-Adenauer-Platzes” DecidedA top-class jury of planners, architects, representatives of local politics, representatives of the citizens and the project partners of the City of Düsseldorf and “DB Station&Service AG”, headed by Uli Hellweg, met in Düsseldorf on Friday, 20 and Saturday, 21 April. The designs of the GTL Michael Triebswetter Landschaftsarchitekt (Kassel), with Vössing Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH (Düsseldorf) and RKW Architektur + (Düsseldorf) and PLANORAMA Landschaftsarchitektur (Berlin), with HOFFMANN – LEICHTER Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH (Berlin) and MONO Architekten Greubel & Schilp & Schmidt PartGmbB (Berlin) were selected as winners for Konrad-Adenauer-Platz, the important station forecourt and entrance area to Düsseldorf city centre. More
March 19, 2018, Potsdam: Winning Design For the Urban Development Project “Krampnitz” in Potsdam SelectedThe jury, headed by Uli Hellweg, selected the team from Machleidt + Partner – Büro Für Städtebau, Berlin, and SINAI Gesellschaft von Landschaftsarchitekten, Berlin, as 1st prizewinners in the two-phase urban development competition for the former barracks site in Krampnitz (Potsdam). The second prize went to the team happarchitecture, JJH Architekten GmbH, Frankfurt am Main, with Mettler Landschaftsarchitektur, Berlin. The 3rd prize went to the Mars Group in Luxembourg with agence TER, Paris/Karlsruhe. The aim of the competition was to find ecologically, economically and socially sustainable concepts with high urban development quality for an urban district. More
March 16, 2018, Berlin: New Executive Board of Deutscher Werkbund Berlin e.V.At the general meeting of the Deutscher Werkbund Berlin on 8 March 2018, a new board was elected in accordance with the statutes. The Board of Directors consists now of Uli Hellweg (chairman), urban planner, Stefanie Bürkle (deputy chairman), artist, Harald Bodenschatz, city planner.
March 15, 2018, Potsdam: Selection Committee Decides On Best Bidders in the Potsdam Tender ProcedureIn its fifth and sixth meeting, the selection committee for the “Am Alten Markt/Schloßstraße” award procedure, headed by Uli Hellweg, selected one best bidder for each of the nine lots to be awarded. Since December 2017, 23 bidders have been invited to further specify their bids. Among the best bidders are project developers, private investors, owner-occupiers and cooperatives.
February 7, 2018, Hamburg: Four Renowned Teams Plan Hamburg’s New District OberbillwerderThe decision for the second phase of the Oberbillwerder Competition Dialogue has been made. The advisory board under the leadership of Uli Hellweg has selected the four drafts, which are characterised by a forward-looking overall concept for Oberbillwerder and will be elaborated in depth in the coming months. More
January 25, 2018, Naxos-Halle Frankfurt: Panel discussion “Enkelfähige Stadt – Für Alle! How Do We Want to Live in the Future?”Frankfurt is growing and growing. More and more people want to live in this city. This increases the pressure on the housing market and leads to a massive increase in rents that more and more people cannot afford far into the middle class.
Panel discussion with:
Uli Hellweg, Berlin ( architect and urban planner),
Ursula Stein, Frankfurt (urban and regional planner),
Birgit Kasper, Frankfurt (Dipl.-Ing. Stadtplanung, Netzwerk Frankfurt für gemeinschaftliches Wohnen),
moderator: Diwi Dreysse, Frankfurt (architect and urban planner)
Welcome: Dr. Nargess Eskandari-Grünberg (City Councillor, OB candidate Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen)
December 14, 2017, Essen: Congress European Future Formats – Essen European Green CapitalPODIUM DISCUSSION: What are the capabilities of international formats of integrated action and development concepts?
Presented by Uli Hellweg, with:
Jens Geier, Member of the European Parliament, Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Budgets and spokesman for his group in the Committee on Budgetary Control, Brussels;
Prof. Dr. Manfred Fischedick, Vice President of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, Energy GmbH, Wuppertal;
Dr. Heinrich Bottermann, State Secretary, Ministry of the Environment, Agriculture, Nature and Consumer Protection of NRW, Düsseldorf;
Detlef Raphael, Member of the German Association of Cities, Berlin.
The discussion will focus on the question of whether a cooperation between “European Capital of the Environment”, “European Capital of Culture”, garden shows and international building exhibitions could generate synergy effects between the formats.
November 30, 2017, Düsseldorf: NRW Symposium 2017 Growth of City and State in Cooperation – Fleeting Affair or New Love?Uli Hellweg talks about the topic “Is it possible to plan liveable quarters?” Download Lecture
10 NOVEMBER 2017, AUSTRALIAN EMBASSY, BERLIN: EUROPEAN GREEN AUSTRALIA SUMMITIntelligent Cities and Healthy Regions. Uli Hellweg talks about “International Building Exhibitions” (IBA) as drivers of urban development.
8 November 2017, Munich: 2nd Future Congress “Long-term Settlement Development Munich”Cities grow and grow… and with them rents and land prices. But what does this mean for social cohesion and the much-vaunted “mixture”? Uli Hellweg reports on his experiences with IBA Hamburg’s “Global Quarter”. Videopresentation
3 November 2017, Bauhaus University WeimarUli Hellweg will give the speech at this year’s graduation ceremony for the 2016/17 graduation year of the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism. The graduation ceremony on November 3, 2017 marked the graduation of the 2016/2017 academic year at the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Studies at the Bauhaus University Weimar. Traditionally, the best theses have also been honoured at the ceremonial farewell ceremony of the alumni.
12 October 2017, Essen: 3rd Expert Forum of the Future Initiative “Water in the City of Tomorrow”“Good practice in the context of sustainable urban development – ways of implementation in everyday municipal life” – this is the motto of the 3rd Expert Forum of the Future Initiative on 12 October 2017 in Essen. The focus is on the diverse experiences that exist in our region with the planning, implementation and operation of water-sensitive sustainable urban development measures. We can benefit from this in our daily work. The forum will focus on the necessary exchange of concrete examples. The 3rd Expert Forum would like to contribute to supporting mutual learning by means of concrete case studies and to make it an integral part of everyday actions. More
26 and 28 September 2017, Zurich: Hall Talks Zurich Neugasse: The City of Tomorrow in ConversationHall Debate 1: Space and Mobility Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 18:00 – 19:00 – 19:30
What distinguishes urban mobility today and which trends need to be kept in mind? How do we move through the city today, how tomorrow? What does this mean for the development of a centrally located inner-city area? These and other questions will be addressed in the first “Hall Talk”.
- Anna Rose, architect and urban planner, London
- Uli Hellweg, architect, free city planner and municipal consultant, Berlin
- Willi Hüsler, graduate engineer and traffic planning consultant, Zurich
- Christoph Suter, Traffic Planner, Project Manager ewp AG, Zurich
- Moderation: Sonja Hasler, journalist and presenter SRF
Hall Debate 2: Space and Society Thursday, 28 September 2017, 6 p.m. – 7.00 p.m. – 7.30 p.m. What characterizes urban society today and what developments shape it? Which districts and neighbourhoods tell which city stories? How diverse is the city today – or how similar? And what does this mean for the development of a centrally located inner-city area such as Neugasse Zürich and for living together in a new district? These and other questions will be discussed in the second hall discussion.
- Dr. Martina Löw, Professor of Sociology and Head of Department, Berlin
- Uli Hellweg, architect, free city planner and municipal consultant, Berlin
- arbara Emmenegger, Lecturer and Project Manager for Socio-Cultural Urban and Community Development, Lucerne
- Günther Arber, City of Zurich, Head of Department Urban Development
- Moderation: Sonja Hasler, journalist and presenter SRF
Decision Made in First Stage of International Investor Selection Process For Historic Center of PotsdamUnder the leadership of chairman Uli Hellweg a jury of 14 experts selected 43 candidates for the 2nd stage of the selection process in the heart of Brandenburg Capital Potsdam. Applicants now have time until fall, to submit proposals for buildings on 9 plots in block III, immediately situated vis-à-vis of the reconstructed Prussian City Palace (site now hosting the Brandenburg federal state parliament), the famous Barbarini Museum and the historic Nicolai Church. The final decision of the jury is expected tob e made in spring 2018.
Ministry of the Interior and Institute for Physical Planning and Information (IPPI) 2017 International Conference on Government-Led Urban Regeneration Drawing Lessons from the Netherlands and GermanyKey Note Speeches Uli Hellweg:
- Tendencies in Urban Regeneration and Urban Development in Germany
- IBA Hamburg and HafenCity Hamburg – Urban Regeneration in the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg