Moving construction forwards
Jan 13, 2015

This year BAU, the World’s Leading Trade Fair for Architecture, Materials and Systems will once again focus on the “future of building” and has chosen a special graphic “leitmotif”, a symbol that is a far cry from any building site on the ground: a techy plant-like entity with leaves consisting of solar cells, undefined but no doubt smart materials, and amorphous structures that protectively embrace the blossoms, gleaming clinically clean, but full of thorns. No trace of architecture, but the whole thing certainly exudes a wish for growth in the midst of technological solutions. It remains to be seen whether the construction industry’s unbridled technological optimism will really help solve some of the pending problems of and with architecture or simply cons us into being myopic. One need think only of the awful debates on insulation and those horribly efficient building controls.

To make certain that the construction world does not lose sight of current and future developments as regards the city and architecture on a larger scale, “Detail research” has launched the “Building the Future” lecture series. On January 19-24, each day from 2.30 p.m. onwards architects and scientists will be presenting their research projects, concepts and prototype buildings in Hall A4/338.

On January 22, Detail research will then join Stylepark in examining “Strategies on Climate Change”, as it is urban spaces that will feel the impact of climate change strongly. What this can mean for cities and what strategies are already being devised in this context will be outlined by Eric Höweler of Boston’s Höweler + Yoon Architecture, Signe Kongebro, partner and manager of the Sustainability Department Copenhagen at Henning Larsen Architects, as well as Ministerialrat Hans-Dieter Hegner from the German Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety as well as Lamia Messari-Becker, Professor of Building Technology and Construction Physics at the University of Siegen. (as)

For the details on the lectures and the speakers, please visit:

BAU 2015
Messe München
Monday - Friday: 9.30am to 18pm
Saturday: 9.30am to 17pm