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Behnisch Architekten + Transsolar CimateEngineering

Given the realization that supplies of available raw materials are finite, it is becoming increasingly evident that only innovative solutions - and this is equally true for architecture and urban planning - can achieve urgently needed reductions in energy and resource.
This joint exhibition by Behnisch Architekten and Transsolar ClimateEngineering, together with its accompanying catalogue, features pioneering developements in these areas. Designed with a broad international public in mind, it will hopefully be through-provoking while raising awareness of these pressing issues. The exhibition is a cooperation with the ifa -Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen relations and the forum of architecture Aedes. The curator Frank Ockert illustrates that a sensitive and responsible approach to the built environment is not only a matter for experts, but for each individual person.

Selected exhibitions

this is modern


22 architectural design proposals address the architecture of the German Pavilion in the Giardini in Venice. Architects enjoying a high profile in the public perception as well as among experts had been asked to illustrate their position on modernity as they understand it today. The Deutsche…


  • Venice, Italy Venice, Italy 07.06.2014 - 10.2014
  • Düsseldorf, Germany Düsseldorf, Germany 03.11.2014 - 14.11.2014 Venue Nordrhein-Westfälische Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Künste, Palmenstraße 16, 40217 Düsseldorf Speakers

    Arno Lederer, Jo Hein, Wolfgang Meisenheimer, Jan Kleihues

  • Hamburg, Germany Hamburg, Germany 21.11.2014 - 01.01.2015 Venue AIT ArchitekturSalon Hamburg, Bei den Mühren 70, 20457 Hamburg
  • Michendorf, Germany Michendorf, Germany 11.05.2015 - 22.05.2015 Venue Palmhof c/o mawa design, Neu-Langerwisch 36, 14552 Michendorf Speakers

    Gerwin Zohlen

Anything goes!

M:AI – Museum für Architektur und Ingenieurkunst des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen e.V.

The new notion of materiality in architecture "Anything Goes" is about the interrelationship of material and form. For hundreds of years, architects and engineers built with the materials they found in their area: clay, wood, textiles, limestone or sandstone, marble and bronze. But also…


  • Gelsenkrichen, Germany Gelsenkrichen, Germany 07.11.2013 - 15.12.2013 Venue Stadtbauraum, Boniverstr. 30, 45883 Gelsenkirchen
  • Aachen, Germany Aachen, Germany 20.01.2014 - 21.02.2014 Venue Carpus+Partner, Forckenbeckstr. 61, 52074 Aachen (Campus RWTH), Germany

Behind the Green Door

Oslo Architecture Triennale 2013 – Curators: Rotor, Belgium

Architecture and the desire for sustainability Oslo Architecture Triennale (OAT) is the Nordic region’s biggest architecture festival, held every third year in Oslo. This year’s Triennale marks the 5th edition, and is titled Behind the Green Door – Architecture and the desire for sustainability. OAT’s…


  • Oslo, Norway Oslo, Norway 19.09.2013 - 01.12.2013 Venue DogA, Hausmanns gate 16, Oslo 0182, Norway
  • Copenhagen, Denmark Copenhagen, Denmark 07.02.2014 - 27.04.2014 Venue The Danish Architecture Centre Strandgade 27B 1401 Copenhagen Denmark


Why Wood?

Stefan Behnisch

In recent years, wood has experienced a renaissance as building material. Not only for interiors, surfaces, and cladding, but also for construction. In the past, the use of wood was limited—structurally and technically. Fire, structure, weakness due to a limited unitized length, durability but also change in appearance and form limited the way architects and engineers considered wood for construction.

Architecture and Democracy

Stefan Behnisch

Architectural policy plays a rather subordinate role in Germany but its political importance can not be overlooked. The lecture series “ARCHITEKTURbewegungULM” was intended to show how planning and building in democracy can succeed amongst all the powerful economic interests and conflicting political demands. “Architektur und Demokratie” was the subject of the lecture by Stefan Behnisch and part of this series under the title: “Architekturpolitik: Projekte, die aufmischen” in 2018.

Heidelberger Schlossgespraeche

Stefan Behnisch

From Stuttgart to Santa Monica – how big is the international demand for German Architecture?

A panel with Kristien Ring, Dr. Andres Lepik and Stefan Behnisch, moderated by Reinhard Hübsch, discussed this question at the annual convention of the Heidelberger Schlossgespraeche on April 1, 2014 in the Heidelberg Castle in Germany. Stefan Behnisch presented his keynote address, sharing the insight he has gained from Behnisch Architeken's experience working internationally across Europe and North America.

Integrated Planning for Industrial Building 4.0

Stefan Behnisch

The lecture, held on July 01, 2015 at the Technical University of Vienna, was part of the 22nd seminar for integrated planning for industrial buildings happening from July 01 to 03. Stefan Behnisch talked about “Buildings for research, teaching and education, aspects and parameters that influence our ideas, concepts and projects”.

Modern Learning Landscapes

Interview with Stefan Behnisch

Neue Lernkonzepte erfordern ein neues Denken und neue Strukturen. Im Zusammenhang mit Ganztagsschulen setzen sich Lernlandschaften mehr und mehr durch. Der international tätige Architekt Stefan Behnisch spricht mit der SCHULBAU-Redaktion über die Anforderungen an moderne Bildungseinrichtungen und die neuen Prinzipien der räumlichen Organisation.

Sociologists rather than signature architects

Interview: Alexander Gutzmer

How is architecture changing? And how much social far-sightedness can and must one entrust architects with? 
A substantial amount, say Stefan Behnisch, Robert Hösle, Robert Matthew Noblett and Stefan Rappold in this conversation. The questions are asked by Alexander Gutzmer, editor-in-chief of the architectural magazine Baumeister.

A client's perspective

Robert L. Bogomolny, former President of the University of Baltimore

The history for me goes back to coming to this campus in 2002. It was a place where great things were happening, but the quality of our physical campus did not match the quality of the education we were providing. As is often the case with older, state-supported urban universities, our infrastructure was aging and many of our core facilities were not originally designed for academic use. I began to think about how we could construct new buildings or redo existing facilities in a way that reflected the quality of our students, faculty and staff.

What does living mean for…

Stefan Behnisch, Stefan Rappold, Robert Hösle, Robert Matthew Noblett

Stefan Behnisch: "Of all the planning tasks, residential projects pose the most difficult challenge. The ideas of the client are too individual, the opinions too personal. The only reason that residential construction is not doomed to fail - when based on speculation, on something that is much too human and impossible to grasp, that is perceived using norms and standards - is because there is no alternative. In contrast to this, the number of those who are able to build individually, for themselves, typically in the form of a single family home and seldom in the form of a joint effort as a housing cooperative, is negligibly small. "