IBA Principles

August 2002, Guidelines of the Cabinet regarding the setup of the IBA Stadtumbau 2010

In 2002, the State of Saxony-Anhalt commissioned the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation and the Sachsen-Anhaltinische Landesentwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (Saxony-Anhalt State Development Company, SALEG) to prepare and stage the International Building Exhibition Urban Redevelopment Saxony-Anhalt 2010. Prior to this decision by the cabinet, the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation (*) had carried out a study to analyse the causes and consequences of the decrease in population and pointed out possible approaches, interventions, and models for the affected towns. 

(* Philipp Oswalt, Klaus Overmyer, and Holger Schmidt, study commissioned by the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, Weniger ist mehr – Experimenteller Stadtumbau in Ostdeutschland, 2001.)

Printed below is the original text of the resolution passed by the cabinet of the State Government of Saxony-Anhalt on August 27, 2002, following which the IBA Urban Redevelopment 2010 was officially launched. 

1. Urban redevelopment concerns us all:
To communicate the interests of inhabitants, property owners, businesses and local authorities within the process of redevelopment.

2. Structural change represents an opportunity for urban planning:
To discover unknown potentials and develop them creatively within the process of redevelopment.

3. The form of the city is changing:
To specify pre-eminent images for the redeveloped city and realise these in concepts for districts.

4. Model projects define redevelopment:
To redevelop the cities in an attractive way by means of experimental design and innovative combinations of use.

5. Every city has its own path of development:
To identify the qualities of our cities and organise them within the regional city network.

6. Free spaces emerge through redevelopment:
To balance relations between city and landscape.

7. Urban redevelopment taps a wide range of financial sources:
To combine funds from the spheres of economic, social and urban development policy in an exemplary way.

8. Media and communication define the image of a city:
To design city-marketing concepts for redevelopment.

9. Shrinking cities are an international phenomenon:
To organise and mediate urban redevelopment in the global context.

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