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 West 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] With a budget of $1.2 billion, it was to house about 30,000 people in selected areas of West Berlin.[2]


IBA was divided into two programs, each responsible for about 6,000 apartments. 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[2] 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."[3]

Kleihues invited many international architects from 10 countries[2] – including Gottfried Böhm, Mario Botta, Peter Eisenman, Vittorio Gregotti, John Hejduk, Herman Hertzberger, Hans Hollein, Arata Isozaki, Léon Krier, Rob Krier,[4] Charles Moore, Aldo Rossi and James Stirling[5] – to build in the following areas: the Prager Platz in Wilmersdorf as well as the Tegel, southern Tiergarten and southern Friedrichstadt districts. Consequently, Time called the IBA "the most ambitious showcase of world architecture in this generation".[3]


See also[edit]

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


  1. ^ a b "History: The fall of the Wall and reunification". City of Berlin. Retrieved December 22, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c Giovannini, Joseph (April 14, 1988). "Changing the Face of West Berlin". The New York Times. Retrieved December 22, 2021.
  3. ^ a b Schmaling, Sebastian (Fall–Winter 2005). "Masked Nostalgia, Chic Regression. The "Critical" Reconstruction of Berlin". Harvard Design Magazine (23). Archived from the original on January 3, 2010. Retrieved December 22, 2021.
  4. ^ Huxtable, Ada Louise (October 18, 1981). "Housing Vs. Art In West Berlin". The New York Times.
  5. ^ Curl, James Stevens (2000). A Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-1917-2648-4.

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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