International Building Exhibition Berlin

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The International Building Exhibition Berlin (German: Internationale Bauausstellung Berlin) (IBA Berlin) was an urban renewal project in Berlin, Germany. Initiated in 1979, it was completed in 1987, matching the 750th anniversary of the founding of Berlin.[1] The IBA followed two distinct strategies: "careful urban renewal" and "critical reconstruction."[1]


In 1979 Josef Paul Kleihues was appointed director of the IBA Neubau section by the Berlin Senate; Hardt Waltherr Hämer was director of the less-publicised Altbau. He organised the exhibition along two distinct themes: IBA Alt aimed to explore methods of "careful urban renewal" and IBA Neu for experimenting "critical reconstruction."[2] He invited many international architects including Peter Eisenman, Vittorio Gregotti, Herman Hertzberger, Hans Hollein, Arata Isozaki, Rob Krier, Aldo Rossi and James Stirling.[3] Consequently, the IBA was called by Time magazine "the most ambitious showcase of world architecture in this generation".[2]


See also[edit]

  • Interbau - an International Building Exhibition organised in Berlin in 1957


  1. ^ a b City of Berlin: History, retrieved 16 April 2011
  2. ^ a b Schmaling, Sebastian: Masked Nostalgia, Chic Regression. The "Critical" Reconstruction of Berlin., in The Harvard Design Magazine Nr.23, 2006
  3. ^ Stevens, James: A Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, 2000

Further reading[edit]

  • Kleihues, Josef Paul; Klotz, Heinrich: International Building Exhibition Berlin 1987: examples of new architecture, Rizzoli, 1986

External links[edit]

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