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The special shows of BAU 2013

Product and system solutions for the future city

Accompanying the presentations by the exhibitors at their booths, the key themes at BAU will be covered and illustrated in forums and special shows – from a number of different perspectives and aspects. In organizing this BAU is working closely with highly regarded partners

“TomorrowTown—Intelligent building for the city of the future”
Urban expansion and change will have a key influence on social developments in the 21st century, because it is in the cities that the battle foran ecologically sustainable future will be taking place. The energy turnaround, a changing climate, urbanization, increasing pressure on resources and demographic change are the big issues facing the future of our urban environment. Just what robots, biogas, impulse fragmentation, “wellness glass” and mosses can contribute technologically to the city of tomorrow, is to be presented in a special show by the Fraunhofer Building Innovation Alliance (Hall C2) at BAU 2013. Thirty intelligent product and system solutions will set out the contribution that building research can make to a sustainable and future-capable “TomorrowTown.” The road towards the city of tomorrow is via “intelligent building.”

Sustainable building products. More transparency promotes better decisions
If you want to design and build sustainably, you need the right products. More and more architects,
designers and building professionals are demanding transparent and reliable information that will help the decision-making process and lead towards the desired certification. In its special show on “Sustainable building products. More transparency promotes better decisions,” the DGNB (German Sustainable Building Council), in cooperation with leading partners from the building industry and building research, will be providing the answers. Using examples of completed and certified projects, the experts will illustrate the relevance of building products for the construction, operation and certification of sustainable buildings. It will also show specific solutions that point out the effect of building products on building performance and the certification result. The DGNB’s online “Navigator” tool delivers the necessary transparency. It provides, in simple and easy-to-orient form, all the data on building products that are relevant for designing a sustainable building—a useful tool in facilitating decision-making.

Universal Design
In cooperation with ift Rosenheim, BAU is organizing the special show entitled “Universal Design.” Universal design is a challenge the building sector in general has to address for the future, and it is a particular challenge for the manufacturers of building components. Universal design is a concept aimed at ensuring products are designed and made so that they can be easily used by the greatest number of people. Already whole segments of industry, e.g. manufacturers of mobile phones and motor vehicles, are intensively engaged with this theme in their product development. Trends such as demographic change are bringing universal design into the spotlight in the building industry, too. In designing houses, rooms and building components, it is ever more important to ensure that these are easy to use and flexible. This special show illustrates, using examples of products, what specific implications universal design will have for building components like windows, doors and gates. Manufacturers, designers and investors can gather information on criteria such as maximum usability and flexibility, as a means of assessing how well products meet the requirements of universal design. The special show takes place in Hall C4, on an area of around 200 square meters.

Building for life—Cost-effective. Flexible. Barrier-free
The special show, presented again by BAU in cooperation with GGT Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gerontotechnik®, will demonstrate what “Building for Life” means in practice and what it involves. This time the display will focus on comfort. On around 200 square meters of space in Hall A4, fullscale, multifunctional and flexible rooms, with a hotel character, will be set up, and fitted out with products that appeal to young and old alike. The modular concept used in this exhibit, developed by specialists at GGT, is useful for apartments, student housing, hotels, sheltered housing and homes for the elderly. Guided tours to the booths of the exhibitors are also being offered. The tours start at the GGT booth, at the presentation of their show apartment in Hall A4.

Here you can download the complete program

Key Themes and Forums at BAU 2013 

What themes will be defining the design and construction of buildings in the coming years and decades? BAU has identified four of them. These key themes will set the tone for BAU 2013. 


Sustainability is shaping the building industry, to an even greater extent than in other sectors of society. It is the overarching theme that dominates all the key themes at BAU. Just where the debate has reached on this complex issue, will be highlighted at BAU 2013. 

Energy 2.0 

The term ‘Energy 2.0’ was coined in imitation of the internet term Web 2.0. BAU understands it to refer generally to the future of energy supplies to buildings and the associated technological innovations, which will be on show at BAU 2013. 

Urban development in the 21st century 

Already over half of us live in an urban environment. In 2050, 75 percent of the world population, which will by that time have reached about 9.3 billion, will live in towns. How this development is to be assessed and what it means for the future of the town will be a key theme at BAU 2013 under the heading of “Urban development in the 21st century”. 

Building for Life 

Most people would prefer to grow old in their own home. Buildings are increasingly being designed to ensure that this is possible. What "Building for Life" looks like in detail and what it has to take into account will be on show at BAU 2013. 

Many exhibitors will be orienting their presentations at the fair to these themes and showcasing appropriate solutions. In the forums at the trade fair architects, construction engineers and project developers will be explaining and discussing the key themes from a variety of aspects. 


Forum C2 
Hall C2 / 309 

At the 'Future of Building' forum in Hall C2 at booth 309 internationally well known architects and planners will present recent projects and debate topical issues. The subject of debate changes each day: Simultaneous interpretation (German/English) will be provided at all the lectures. Attendance at the events in the forum is free of charge. 

Monday, 14.01.2013 

Infrastructure and the urban environment 

Cities in Europe and around the world are subject to tremendous pressure of change. Mobility, the integration of work, life and home, climate change and dwindling energy reserves – all these are prompting the search for new solutions for our urban areas. What significance does architecture and urban development have here? What does the city of the future look like? And what differences will there be around the globe? 

Tuesday, 15.01.2013 

360° planning: Integrated planning, integrated process 

In the past technology has not penetrated the field of construction as much as it has other sectors such as the automotive industry or engineering. Now, however, we are at a turning point, and buildings are becoming ever more complex. That applies both to new buildings and also to older buildings, when they are renovated to make them more energy efficient. The reason for this development – apart from the general advances in technology – is the pressure to save every last bit of energy. And, because of increasing energy prices, saving energy is more and more a matter of saving money. How do our planning processes have to change to accommodate these pressures? How will project management change to cater for the need for integrated planning? 

Wednesday, 16.01.2013 

Parametric design – the future of design 

Experiment or a creative tool? Twenty years after the introduction of CAD, is the computer changing design in architecture? Will digital design and parametric construction influence or even determine design? Are we in a design dead-end, or in an early experimental phase? 

Thursday, 17.01.2013 

Energy 2.0 

Energy turnaround, Fukushima, energy distribution, smart grid, micro grid: topical themes, behind which there are a whole host of supposed solutions to securing the future of energy supplies. Which ones are today a reality, which ones will be the standard tomorrow? 

Friday, 18.01.2013 

The "Next Big Thing" 

What do the leading protagonists from architecture, structural engineering, building systems, lighting, design and materials science think will be the next big thing in the coming years? 
What will become a reality in our society, and what will be accepted? 

Saturday, 19.01.2013 

Emerging stars in emerging markets 

Who are the star architects of tomorrow? Who will be building in 20 years time? And how did today´s young rising stars manage to get where they are? What makes them so successful? Where do the entrepreneurs of the future look for their commissions and projects? 


Monday, 14.01.2013 

Global architecture – global thinking – local action 

The globalization of the formal aspects of architecture has been a fact since the days of International Style. But as a result of the globalization of the building industry and investment, more and more architects are spanning continents in their work, including on a large scale. But can global challenges be solved in the same way all around the globe? Or is the emphasis on regional and local climate conditions, know-how resources and cultural aspects at the location, and does this mean a different response in terms of architecture and construction?

Tuesday, 15.01.2013 

Architecture and climate change – Cost pressure vs. responsibility

Climate change is forcing the architectural community to react in ways that go far beyond the principles of sustainable building. We already know that climate change is a fact. In particular in regions that will be experiencing increased precipitation and above all rising sea levels, the perception of water as a factor to be taken into account in building will change. A Japanese architect reports on architectural and cultural aspects and changing views in the face of the changes that are already taking place. 

Wednesday, 16.01.2013 

Tomorrow´s consumption - The effect of online shopping and the opportunities for architecture, urban planning and infrastructure

The immense growth in online shopping is placing tremendous pressure on traditional retail outlets such as department stores and on shop concepts. Shops are finding to their cost that they are turning into showrooms in which the consumer takes a look at the product before then buying it online, at a supposedly cheaper price, and having it delivered. Shops as a place to actually buy things are losing significance. Logistics companies are taking over the management of product warehouses. This development has an impact on the design of shops, of shopping centers and of entire inner-city shopping streets. How are architects and interior designers reacting to this? What solutions are already being implemented? And what new opportunities are opening up? 

Thursday, 17.01.2013 

Health management as a global business and the impact on health&care architecture projects 

The development of new medical technologies and the associated health&care architecture is oriented to a not inconsiderable degree to the associated markets. In the case of top-class medical establishments, markets are being opened up that also offer sufficient economic demand for this kind of facility. This is changing the general framework for hospital planners. In the "old markets", is the emphasis from now on only on consolidation of basic medical care? Are the best facilities in health&care architecture only being built in regions with high or the highest economic output? How are architects reacting to these possible developments? How are they utilizing new and untold opportunities?

Friday, 18.01.2013 

Stadia as an export boom – Vorsprung durch Technik / For the love of the game 

Since the Football World Cup, German architectural practices have made a name for themselves for building sports stadia suitable for top-class events. German architectural competence has turned into a big export. And with every new football world or European championship this expertise is spreading even further around the globe. How do the stadia built by German architects differ from those of designers elsewhere? Is this success transferable to all cultures? Are the stadia in South Africa, where organized football is still underdeveloped, different from those in football-mad Brazil? 

Saturday, 19.01.2013 

The next revolution in office buildings" – What next after total flexibility? 

Probably no other workplace has undergone such radical – and not so radical – change since the 1990s as offices. The much touted paperless office was followed by the nomad office and the fractal office. So what´s next? For, regardless of how layouts are designed to offer flexibility in organizing office processes, the building as such remains. And, to be successful, office property has to be attractive for marketing. The speakers present new approaches and radical projects. 

On six successive afternoons DETAIL research will be discussing selected focal themes in architectural research at the world´s leading sector trade fair BAU 2013 in Munich. Architects, researchers and representatives from industry will be presenting their development projects in keynote lectures and panel discussions. A trend panel will be giving an introduction into the current state of research in the individual areas. 

Monday 14 January 2012 

Smart Urban Systems 

The urban environment is turning into an intelligent system that generates information flows. Apart from being concerned with the built structures themselves, urban development is about dynamic management of the resources of space, energy and infrastructure. Digital software can bring together these data flows into complex urban simulations. 

Tuesday, 15 January 2012 

Engineered Materials 

New material technologies are enabling the production of highly efficient building materials that are tailor-made for their particular application. Compound and hybrid materials combine differing material properties to produce the optimum performance. Technology transfer from other areas of industry is also opening up brand new perspectives for the building sector. 

Wednesday, 16 January 2012 

Monitoring Architecture 

Research into monitoring techniques is focusing not only on the measurement of technical parameters, but also on user behavior. These techniques can be used to test the viability of model projects and new sustainable building concepts. As well as analyzing the data and feeding the results back into architecture, monitoring and social simulation is becoming a starting point for future planning strategies.

Thursday, 17 January 2012 

New Nature 

Bionics is about applying processes from nature in technical applications. In the animal and plant world there is a wealth of optimized load-bearing structures and adaptive surfaces, the principles behind which can be transferred into architecture. Bionic-based constructions and building envelopes unite structural and functional efficiency with surprising design approaches. 

Friday, 18 January 2012 

Mass Customization 

Digital planning and production processes are enabling serial manufacture of tailor-made building components. Computer-aided processing from design to site logistics holds new potential for prefabricated building components. It operates as a combination of robotics and system assembly. 

Saturday, 19 January 2012 

Urban Mining 

New strategies in recycling and re-use are looking at the urban environment as a source of materials. The focus here is on local concepts that use resources from the immediate environment. Through intelligent processing strategies, the job of recycling and re-using materials is changing from an open, linear system to a closed loop, on a "cradle-to-cradle" principle. 

Copyright: Messe München GmbH - BAU 2011

Copyright: Messe München GmbH - BAU 2011
Copyright: Messe München GmbH - BAU 2011
Copyright: Messe München GmbH - BAU 2011

Copyright: Messe München GmbH - BAU 2011

Monday, January 14, 2013

Towards a plus-energy world
 Best practice examples – BAKA informs

Still today in Germany easily one third of the entire primary energy demand is accounted for by heating and air-conditioning in buildings. One reason for this is that much of the building stock is old. Modern buildings use only a fraction of the energy consumed by older buildings for that purpose. And even that fraction is reducing. Passive houses are already here, and in future buildings will be able to produce more energy than they actually consume. They will switch from being consumers to producers of energy. The challenge will be to buffer and distribute the energy produced by these "plus-energy buildings". For this plus-energy world to become a reality, we need sensible and intelligent energy grids that link buildings up with each other.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Barrier-free living

Thanks to a higher standard of living, more and more people in Europe are living longer. At the same time, the proportion of young people in the population is declining. This shift in the demographic structure not only changes society, it also places new demands on housing and infrastructure. Living an independent life, even into advanced old age, is an understandable wish of many, and indeed it is their right. But it is more than this – it is also an economic factor. And so we have to actively engage with this demographic change, and design for it. Sensible, barrier-free design of homes and our living spaces, suitable for older people, enhances the quality of life of these people and also helps to reduce care costs.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Building for future generations
 Real Estate Day (starts at 13:00)

Sustainability is about much more than just energy-efficiency. It covers a broad range of aspects, and in building that means creating living space that is cost-effective and meets today's high standards of comfort. Buildings and the way we live in them should impact as little as possible on the environment. And even at the drawing-board stage, it is essential to consider later operation of the building and its eventual dismantling. Sustainability in building looks at the whole life cycle of a building.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Energy-efficiency worldwide

Rigorous standards and quality design have made German building technology renowned the world over. Yet in some areas around the globe, it is not sufficient to simply transplant that German know-how to achieve the same result. The qualifications of the players in the building sector in those countries and often their understanding of quality make such a direct transfer difficult. Different climate and cultural conditions also have to be taken into account when planning a building project. It is important to construct buildings that are adapted to the climate regions in which they operate.

Friday, January 18, 2013

The networked city – intelligent urbanization
 Universities and Colleges Day (starts at 13:00)

Buildings that generate more energy than they actually consume need a completely new infrastructure to link them all up. So far that infrastructure has been there for the purpose of supplying buildings with electricity, but in future this system must be capable of performing an intelligent buffer function. It will be necessary for buildings to "communicate" with each other, in order to ensure a sensible distribution of energy. The city of tomorrow is no longer a collection of individual buildings, it is an intelligent network.

Saturday,January 19, 2013

Designing for resource-efficiency

In a world of ever dwindling resources, old products are important sources of raw materials. Many valuable resources are bound up in buildings and cities, resources that can be recovered and reused. For fully recyclable buildings, we need recyclable building products. Multifunctional building materials and components also help save material and are therefore resource-efficient.

The Long Night of Architecture 

BAU 2011, the World´s Leading Trade Fair for Architecture, Materials, Systems,  presented a new architectural highlight in cooperation with Poing Building Centre: the Long Night of Architecture, on Friday, 21 January 2011. This opportunity to go on a night-time expedition into Munich´s architecture was open both to participants in the trade fair and to any of the inhabitants of Munich who wanted to find out more about their built environment. On a cold winter´s night, you could discover – or rediscover – some interesting and spectacular buildings in and around the city. All free of charge! There was even a special tour being put on exclusively for BAU´s English-speaking exhibitors and visitors. One thing´s for sure, say the organisers: the architecture on show will leave no-one cold! 

The inhabitants of Munich and the trade fair visitors can look forward again to the Long Night of Architecture on January 18, 2013. 

academy BAU 

Were there any lectures you would have liked to go to at BAU 2011 but ran out of time? Well, now you can catch up – thanks to the 'academy BAU'. This is your chance to watch a webstream of lectures from the top quality forums at BAU. Participants were, among others, Prof. Dr. Klaus Töpfer, Sir Peter Cook, Prof. Manfred Hegger, Prof. Klaus Sedlbauer, Stefan Behnisch and Prof. Dr. Petra von Both. While the lecturer is speaking, the Powerpoint chart used to illustrate the points is overlaid on the screen. It´s about as close as you can get to actually being there. But the best thing is that this service is absolutely free – all you need to do is register. 


Forum A6 
Hall A6 / 332 

The Forum A6 will present two topics: 'Architecture and Industry in Dialogue' and 'DETAIL research – Building the Future'. Simultaneous interpretation (German/English) will be provided at all the lectures. Attendance at the events in the forum is free of charge. The forum is rounded off with a communication area and café, fitted out with innovative materials from EGGER Holzwerkstoffe 

Forum B0
Halle B0/23


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