StadtLand - From Thuringia to a planetary perspective

International Conference
Urban Rural Assembly

Open Factory in Egon-Eiermann-Bau

The International Building Exhibition (IBA) Thuringia and the Sino-German research project Urban Rural Assembly (URA) will jointly host the international conference „StadtLand – from Thuringia to a planetary perspective“.

It will form part of the exhibition „Stadtland – Learning from Thuringia“ in the iconic Eiermann building in Apolda, where the IBA will present the results of its decennial project development process. Since 2019, the URA project has been conducting research on the development and planning of urban-rural interface regions in eastern China, as well as from an international perspective.

Ongoing planetary urbanization and interconnection require a ‘Stadt-Land’ perspective – one that focuses on the interrelationships and material cycles within larger territories, including both urban and rural areas. In this context, the ’rural’ areas become a critical resource for a more circular and climate-friendly future development. The Stadt-Land perspective thus calls for new societal practices fostering solidarity in the use of land, in addition to more resource-efficient construction and economic activities.

To this end, IBA and its local partners have implemented model projects in Thuringia, while URA has investigated the rapid socio-spatial transformation processes which characterize an urban-rural region in the Chinese province of Zhejiang. Both projects work with ‘living labs’ which support the development of strategies and tools for future change.

The conference opens new avenues of thought and action – from the current urbanization tendencies in Thuringia and numerous other regions worldwide, to spatial visions and planning strategies toward sustainable urban-rural interrelations.

We invite you to come to Apolda to hear more, and to connect with international researchers and practitioners working on this topic in person. The conference will take place in German and English. A live streaming option will be available.

May 4th 2023, 16:00 – 22:00: Keynote Speech and Exhibition Opening

May 5th 2023, 10:00 – 16:30: International Conference

May 6th 2023, 09:30 – 16:30: Excursion

Speakers include: Kenneth Anders, Bad Freienwalde; Hillary Angelo, Santa Cruz; Marta Doehler-Behzadi, Apolda; Bianca Elzenbaumer, Rovereto; Maria Frölich-Kulik, Weimar; Yang Guiqing, Shanghai; Anke Hagemann, Berlin; Susanna Karawanskij, Erfurt (tbc); Sigrun Langner, Weimar; Philipp Misselwitz, Berlin; Steffen Nijhuis, Delft; Lukas Pappert, Berlin; Kelly Shannon, Leuven; Remy Sietchieping, Nairobi; Antje Stokman, Hamburg; Milica Topalovic, Zürich

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