University of Canberra
International Seminar 2017 - 10 March 2017 - ‘Culture Ideas Strategies in the Making of a City – Baukultur & the German Federal Cities Program’ Reiner Nagel Director of the German Federal Foundation of Building Culture
Posted 20 February 2017 11:12am

10 March 2017

Jointly hosted by Canberra Urban and Regional  Futures and the National Capital Authority

The necessity of improving the design qualities in the production of the built environment in a sustainable manner is felt in every country and cultural context. In Germany, this has led to an institutionalization of the notion of Building Culture. “Baukultur” recognizes that in addition to having places of interest and functional importance, cities also have a Baukultur identity. Our everyday lives, social coexistence, and moods are positively or negatively affected by the built environment. What can and must we do to maintain and improve this quality of life in our cities for future generations?

Charged with the task of promoting high-standard qualities in architecture, urban design and planning, the Federal Foundation of Baukultur was established by German Parliament in 2006. The Foundation is an integral component of Germany’s National Urban Development Policy, which has implemented a wide range of programs for the development and regeneration of communities for half a century. Financed through a mix of federal, state and municipal resources, these programs have combined principles of planning for a balanced society and sustainable development with aiming for high standards in the production of the built environment.

The Baukultur Foundation has also set itself the goal of using the current challenges of social and demographic trends and climate change for a functional and design improvement of our built environments, in the city and in the village. As an independent institution the Foundation promotes quality planning and building by linking actors and overcoming deficits, often at comparatively minor expense and effort. It does so through a wide range of activities including the identification and dissemination of best practice models and guidelines for policy makers, competitions and the facilitation of network activities. Baukultur is thus equally concerned with the aesthetic qualities of the built environment as with the underlying social, ecological and economic dimensions, the process qualities and the integration of stakeholders from all parts of society.

The lecture combined a presentation of the basic principles and strategies of the Foundation including the practice of tendering and project allocation based on concept quality with built examples between HafenCity Hamburg, Strategic Planning Berlin and New Urban Districts in various parts of Germany.

Reiner Nagel presents CURF International Seminar 10 March 2017


Architect and urban planner Reiner Nagel has served as board chairman of the Bundesstiftung Bau-kultur since May 2013. In Hamburg, he served among other things as co-director of HafenCity Hamburg GmbH. As division head in the Senate Administration for Urban Development Berlin, he has served in the departments of urban development, and urban and open-space planning since 2005. Reiner Nagel is a lecturer at the TU Berlin in urban design, and is also a member of the advisory body Kuratorium Nationale Stadtentwicklungspolitik and of the Bund Deutscher Architekten.

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