Behnisch Architekten + Transsolar ClimateEngineering

The Stuttgart-based practices Behnisch Architekten and TransSolar ClimateEngineering have been collaborating for many years in an endeavour to develop solutions for a sustainable and responsible architecture. This collaboration has extended to both international competitions and realised projects in Germany and abroad. The common foundation of this collaboration is the confidence that high-quality built environments can be realized with less consumption of natural resources.

The media provide us with reports every day about the imminent climate disaster, melting ice-caps and the ever-increasing hole in the ozone layer. The problems we are about to face are overwhelmingly large; we cannot offer correspondingly all-embracing solutions. Despite this, we must work on linking future economic development and the exploration of the environment and nature in such a way that coming generations are not deprived of opportunities in their lives and development. This course of action is defined as sustainability. It is one of our most important task for the future, and it presents contemporary architecture with a particular challenge: what we build today, and the way we build it, will help to determine the future.

The exhibition, which is a cooperation with the ifa -Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen relations and the forum of architecture Aedes attempts to detach the term "sustainability" from the common quantitative understanding and to highlight the multiple aspects of sustainability which constitute qualities in themselves. Both common and company-specific projects are presented in an attempt to assess the results of previous collaboration, as well as perspectives for the future. Among other projects it will be shown the RiverParc Development in Pittsburgh, the Senscity Paradise Universe in Las Vegas/Nevada and the Norddeutsche Landesbank in Hannover.

By orientating the arrangement to the sensuous perception of mankind 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.


  • Berlin, Germany Berlin, Germany 17.11.2006 - 28.12.2006 Venue Galerie Aedes am Pfefferberg Berlin, Germany Speakers
    • Kristin Feireiss, Berlin
    • Dr. Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, BMVBS
    • Dr. Ursula Zeller, ifa Stuttgart
    • Prof. Dr. Falk Jaeger, Berlin
  • Dornbirn, Austria Dornbirn, Austria 25.01.2007 - 22.02.2007 Venue Zumtobel Lichtforum Dornbirn, Austria Speakers
    • Stefan Behnisch (Behnisch Architekten)
    • Thomas Auer (Transsolar)
    • Dietmar Zembrot (Zumtobel)
    • Hans-Jürgen Comerell (Aedes)
  • London, UK London, UK 05.06.2007 - 13.06.2007 Venue Hoopers GalleryLondon, UK
  • Manchester, UK Manchester, UK 19.06.2007 - 29.06.2007 Venue CUBE Centre for the Built Urban EnvironmentManchester, UK Speakers
    • Sir Howard Bernstein, Manchester City Council
    • Nick Johnson, Urban Splash
  • Cambridge, Harvard University, USA Cambridge, Harvard University, USA 22.08.2007 - 03.10.2007 Venue GCD Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA, USA Speakers
    • Matthias Schuler (TransSolar)
    • Stefan Behnisch (Behnisch Architekten)
  • Mumbai, India Mumbai, India 27.09.2007 - 30.09.2007 Venue AEC World Expo & Conferences Speakers

    Martin Haas, Behnisch Architekten
    Thomas Auer, Transsolar ClimateEngineering

  • New Haven, Yale University, USA New Haven, Yale University, USA 30.10.2007 - 01.02.2008 Venue Yale Art + Architecture Gallery, New Haven, CT
  • Pittsburgh, USA Pittsburgh, USA 15.02.2008 - 25.05.2008 Venue Heinz Architectural Center, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
  • Singapore, SG Singapore, SG 28.03.2008 - 20.04.2008 Venue Sculpture Garden, Singapore, SG
  • Bandung, Indonesia Bandung, Indonesia 25.08.2008 - 13.09.2008 Venue Galeri Arsitektur, ITB, Bandung, Indonesia Speakers

    David Cook, Behnisch Architekten

  • New York, USA New York, USA 01.10.2008 - 31.10.2008 Venue Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery Columbia University, New York, NY
  • Tangerang, Indonesia Tangerang, Indonesia 10.10.2008 - 23.10.2008 Venue Universitay Pelita Harapan Karawaci, Indonesia, ID
  • St. Louis, USA St. Louis, USA 10.11.2008 - 07.12.2008 Venue Washington University, Steinberg Hall, St. Louis, MO
  • Berkeley, USA Berkeley, USA 25.02.2009 - 16.03.2009 Venue Wurster Hall 108, University of California, Berkeley, CA Speakers
    • Stefan Behnisch (Behnisch Architekten)
    • Erik Olsen (Transsolar)
  • Chicago, USA Chicago, USA 27.03.2009 - 17.05.2009 Venue LUMA, Loyola University Museum of Art, Chicago, IL
  • Bangkok, Thailand Bangkok, Thailand 28.04.2009 - 03.05.2009 Venue Challenger Halle, Impact Muang Thong Thani, Bangkok, TH
  • Bangkok, Thailand Bangkok, Thailand 09.05.2009 - 09.06.2009 Venue ASA Center, Siam Discovery Center
  • Monterrey, Mexico Monterrey, Mexico 12.06.2009 - 15.08.2009 Venue Tecnológico de Monterrey/ITESM, Monterrey, Mexico
  • Canberra, Austrailia Canberra, Austrailia 01.08.2009 - 30.08.2009 Venue Design Gallery, University of Canberra, Austraia
  • Mexico City, Mexico Mexico City, Mexico 03.09.2009 - 26.10.2009 Venue Galeria José Luis Benlliure/Facultad de Arqitectura, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)
  • Auckland, New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand 02.10.2009 - 01.11.2009 Venue Auckland University, NSL
  • Mexico City, Mexico Mexico City, Mexico 12.11.2009 - 07.01.2010 Venue Universidad Iberoamericana
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA Los Angeles, CA, USA 19.03.2010 - 18.04.2010
  • Portland, OR Portland, OR 20.05.2010 - 31.05.2010 Venue University of Oregon, Portland Commons Gallery Speakers

    David Cook

  • Toronto, ON, Canada Toronto, ON, Canada 22.06.2010 - 16.07.2010
  • Hanoi, Vietnam Hanoi, Vietnam 17.09.2010 - 22.09.2010 Venue Information Exhibition Hall Hanoi, 45 Trang Tien
  • Ho-Chi-Min-Stadt, Vietnam Ho-Chi-Min-Stadt, Vietnam 06.11.2010 - 13.11.2011 Venue Exhibition Hall Ho-Chi-Min-Stadt
  • Boston, MA Boston, MA 05.04.2011 - 08.05.2011 Venue Boston Architecture College
  • St. Petersburg, Russia St. Petersburg, Russia 19.04.2011 - 22.05.2011 Venue Loftproject Etagi
  • Amman, Jordan Amman, Jordan 03.10.2011 - 25.10.2011
  • Beirut, Lebanon Beirut, Lebanon 18.01.2012 - 07.02.2012 Venue Lebanese American University Beirut, LRC Building, 2nd floor
  • Nowosibirsk, Russia Nowosibirsk, Russia 14.09.2012 - 30.09.2012
  • Moscow, Russia Moscow, Russia 19.10.2012 - 08.11.2012 Venue Artplay Design Center
  • Haifa, Israel Haifa, Israel 28.09.2013 - 15.11.2013 Venue Munio Gitai Weinraub Architecture Museum, Haifa
  • Tashkent, Uzbekistan Tashkent, Uzbekistan 06.03.2014 - 12.04.2014 Venue Goethe Institut, Olmoniya Madanijat Markazi, Amir Timur ko'chasi 42, 100000 Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • Durban, South Africa Durban, South Africa 03.08.2014-10.08.2014 Venue Beerhall (Hall B,2a), 102 Florence Nzama Street, South Beach, Durban
  • Nicosia, Cyprus Nicosia, Cyprus 07.03.2015 - 25.03.2015 Venue University of Cyprus, Departement of Architecture
  • Madrid, Spain Madrid, Spain 01.10.2015 - 15.11.2015 Venue German Embassy Madrid
  • Matosinhos, Portugal Matosinhos, Portugal 12.12.2015 - 01.03.2016 Venue Escola Superior de Artes e Design ESAD Speakers

    Opening: Thomas Kaufhold
    Guide: Christoph Strieder

  • Stuttgart, Germany Stuttgart, Germany 17.04.2016 - 21.04.2016 Venue Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart, Am Weißenhof 1, Stuttgart