Berlin 2002

Ressource Architecture

22 - 26 July 2002

The XXI UIA Congress, on the theme Resource Architecture, was held on July 22 - 26, 2002, in Berlin, which for a few days became the world capital of architecture.


The official opening of the Congress took place on July 22nd, in the presence of Gerhard Schröder, Chancellor of the German Federal Republic, Kurt Bodewig, German Minister of Construction, Peter Strieder, Senator of Berlin, Kaspar Kraemer, BDA President, Peter Conradi, BAK President, Andreas Hempel, President of the Congress, and Vassilis Sgoutas, UIA President, who concluded his welcome address in these terms :


The challenge that we are facing is clearly this : Can we as a profession lead society towards what we believe should be the architectural, urban, social, and environmental status quo of the future ?


We believe that we can, and that the UIA and the UIA Berlin Congress, with the contributions of all, will successfully respond to this challenge.


The world awaits a message from Berlin. Let us show to all that architects care, that architects can make a difference, and that through quality architecture we can strive for a better tomorrow for the world.


Close to 6000 architects, urban planners, and other specialists - architectural critics, journalists, and government officials - participated in the Congress, which took place in the Berlin International Congress Centrum (ICC) and the Postbahnhof. Foreign participation in the Congress represented approximately 58% of attendance, with a particularly important participation by congressists from Brazil, China, France, Greece, and Russia.


To guide the debates on the different aspects of the theme Resource Architecture, the Scientific Committee to the Congress, under the direction of Karl Ganser, published a list of ten key questions, in order to bring to the forefront the necessity to search for solutions and continually test the responses that can be provided. These questions concerned the issue of sustainability, architects' ability to counter the logic of "disposability", respect for cultural heritage, and the relationship to history and regional identity.


Karl Ganser appealed to congressists :


Everything we build should be gently returned into the cycle of nature … (as architects) Let's stop making excuses because of material constraints. Let's do some straight talking about the real conflicts.


In parallel to the forty-five plenary sessions, forums, workshops, and project reports, other events were also largely appreciated, in particular the exhibitions and the product trade-fair PlanCom, organised within the ICC complex.


The large participation by students of architecture in the confrontation of projects that was proposed to them, concerning the urban plans for the “Berlin-Heidestrasse” district, should also be spotlighted. Five hundred and forty-four projects were submitted from 67 different countries. In addition, an exhibition of innovative projects and realisations displayed solutions developed by 43 of the UIA Member Sections, and 265 selected participants.


Eminent personalities from the political world expressed their ideas on the Congress theme, in particular Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director of UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme), as well as internationally renown architects such as : Sir Norman Foster, Kisho Kurokawa, Peter Eisenman, Shigero Ban, Rasem Badran, Dietmar Eberle, and Helmut Jahn.


The UIA 2002 Gold Medal and Prizes were also presented to their recipients at an awards ceremony at the Berlin Postbahnhof.


Andreas Hempel, President of the Congress, stated in conclusion :


"We hoped to offer to participants a large variety of possibilities, in terms of content and presentation, and we attained this goal. Our objective was to propose innovative contributions, oriented towards the future, as well as projects by young architects and collaborators specialised in other disciplines."



An international confrontation of projects by students of architecture was launched in the framework of the XXI UIA Congress which took place in Berlin, from July 22 to 26, 2002, on the theme Resource Architecture. Under the patronage of UNESCO, the competition was organised by the Bund Deutscher Architekten (BDA) and the Bund Deutscher Landschaftsarchitekten (BDLA). It received the approval of the International Union of Architects.



This ideas competition was open to students of architecture throughout the world who are registered in a school recognised by one of the UIA Member Sections. Its aim was to gather innovative, user-oriented, and energy saving ideas and solutions for a complex urban setting.



The competition brief concerned the urban development of a central area in Berlin Mitte, in the perspective of the coming decade. The competition site consists of unused land that belongs to the German railway company. It is bordered on the west by the national highway 96/Heidergasse, on the south by the former "Hamburger" train station that now houses the museum of modern art, on the east by the Spandau canal, and on the north by unused train tracks and the docks of Nordhafen port. The site is on the waterfront and is next to the new central train station designed by the German architects Von Gerkan, Marg & Partners. At the moment, the former railway zone constitutes an enclave that does not participate in its surroundings. The propositions were therefore toconcentrate on integrating this area into its urban context. The site's location within the city should allow it to give a new identity to the city centre through an exemplary architectural conception.



The jury examined 544 projects at its meeting on 16 and 17 May 2002.
It was composed as follows :
Kees Christiaanse, architect, Germany
Darius Djahanschah, architect, Austria
Peter Droege, architect, urban planner, Australia
Jürgen Heyder, architect, Germany
Martin Kreienbaum, architect, Germany
Ladislav Labus, architect, Czech Republic
Kamel Louafi, landscape architect, Germany
Carmen Pinós, architect, Spain
Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, architect, USA
Wolf Tochtermann, architect, former Director of the UNESCO Department of Human Settlements, France/Germany
Liangyong Wu, architect, urban planner, People’s Republic of China.



  • UNESCO Prize for architecture (7 000 $US)
    Erika Bisio, Giulia Carpeneto, Irene Carpeneto (Genoa, Italy)
  • Japan Institute of Architects - JIA Prize (5 000 $US)
    Andrew Heid (New Haven, USA)
  • Graphisoft Prize (complete ArchiCad 7.0)
    Julien Bouvagnet, Marie-Laure Cacasonne (Montpellier, France)
  • Hong Kong Institute of Architects – HKIA Prize (3 500 $US)
    Anne Brecker, Tim Ahrens (Karlsruhe, Germany)
  • German Federal Environment Fund - DBU Prize (three study grants, 3 000 $US each)
    Claudia Gloede, Leander Otto (Darmstadt, Germany)
    Megan Baynes (Lund, Sweden)
    Johanna Schönborn, Luise Wiegand (Berlin, Germany)
  • Pérez Pinero Prize offered by the Superior Council of Colleges of Architects of Spain (six month study grant)
    Wladimir Zgordin (Hamburg, Germany)
  • Wolf Tochtermann Prize (1 000 $US)
    Renata Bertol, Flavio Castellotti, Julianan Castro, Gabriel Duarte, Marcos Figueiredo, Rodrigo Louro (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)


Mentions :

  • Bundeskammer der Architekten und Ingenieurkonsulenten – BAI Prize (study grant in Austria of 1 625 $US)
    Adrien Thomas, Alexandar Sardarev, Martin Fougeras-Lavergnolle (Champs-sur-Marne, France)
  • Bund Deutscher Architekten - BDA Prize (1 000 $)
    Katharina Lemmen, Marcello Mazzei (Berlin, Germany)
  • Bund Deutscher Landschaftsarchitekten - BDLA Prize (750 $US)
    Szymon Brzezowski, Marek Kotowski, Bartosz Brelecki, Irmina Zajaezkowska (Breslau, Poland)
  • Union of Architects of Russia Prize (study grant in Moscow and St. Petersburg)
    Frank Schettler (Reichenbach, Germany)
  • The Association of Architects of Hungary - MESZ Prize (2-week study grant in Budapest)
    Aneta Vasileva, Svetla Dobreva, Zhana Stoilova, Nikolay Angelov, Hristo Govedarov (Sofia, Bulgaria)
  • Garden and Park Furnishing Prize
    Tormond Forre, Mattias Gunneflo (Oslo, Norway)
    Melanie Förster, Nicole Kuhnle, Stephanie Lasthaus, Christiane Martensen (Karlsruhe, Germany)
  • Architectural Society of China - ASC Prize (World Architecture - A Critical Mosaic 1900-2000 book collection)
    Alain Olivier Moudid, Francesco Pipitone, Gulio Pons, Carlo Spiniello (Genoa, Italy)
    Justin Baroncea, Carmen Popescu (Barcelona, Spain)



The winning projects were on display at the UIA Congress in Berlin from July 22 to 26, 2002. The prizes were officially presented to the winners during the UIA awards ceremony on July 25, 2002.