“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.

​​Uli Hellweg on the chances of the new urban district in Frankfurt Northwest.

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

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.

…or a chance for a new urban-rural relationship. Uli Hellweg in Stadtbauwelt 19.2019 on the current crisis of regional planning in Germany.

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.

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.

Uli 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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International 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.
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