The topic of IBA Thüringen (Thuringia) is STADTLAND (URBANRURAL). Over a ten year period, it will starts from the piecemeal settlement structure in the Free State of Thuringia and broaden the focus to the interdependencies of urban and rural areas.
Marta Doehler-Behzadi has been Managing Director of IBA Thüringen since 2014. Together with local stakeholders, she and her team wanted to respond to the challenges of demographic shrinkage, climate change and the energy transition, as well as various phenomena of sociocultural transformation throughout the entire Free State of Thuringia, and an extremely piecemeal settlement structure in a largely rural region, with new ideas and model projects.
The term STADTLAND stands for changed relationships between individuals and nature, settlement and landscape, as well as society and its resources. The goal of IBA Thüringen is to change the "social metabolism". It strives to solve problems (better) through innovative urban-rural relationships on an equal footing. The regional reference becomes a thematic parenthesis for discourse and projects of IBA Thüringen. The work concentrated on three “IBA Building Sites”, which focus on rethinking and rebuilding, cooperations and a culture of good planning and building in urban and rural areas.
In 2019, a work exhibition will document the progress to date of the IBA process, and the final presentation will take place in 2023. The results and findings of the IBA Thüringen are intended to influence politicians and administration, society and business in their everyday activities, and inspire changes that have an impact beyond the end of the IBA Thüringen.
IBA Thüringen GmbH was founded in 2012 based on a resolution by the State Government of Thuringia. The Free State of Thuringia is the sole shareholder. Financing is largely provided from Thuringia’s budgetary funds. IBA projects are eligible for priority funding from the Free State of Thuringia.