The Federal Foundation of Baukultur is an independent entity in Germany. Its purpose is to promote Baukultur, given that it contributes significantly to the quality of life in both cities and the countryside. The Foundation’s mission is to make the built environment a shared concern, which is why it promotes high-quality building design and construction. In addition, it functions as a platform for promoting public discussion on Baukultur through events, joint projects, and publications, and for expanding and strengthening existing networks.
The Baukultur Foundation has its headquarters in Potsdam and aims both to anchor the subject of Baukultur in society at the national level and to convey its meaning and importance to the general public. The Foundation encourages an all-inclusive dialogue because not only residents but also building professionals of all disciplines are the users of buildings, streets, and squares.
The biennial Baukultur Report is a detailed status report on the situation of Baukultur in Germany. It examines the social value of Baukultur from the perspective of citizens and the creators of the built environment alike, and includes recommendations for action for policymakers, planners, and other stakeholders in Baukultur. The Baukultur Report is created with the involvement of numerous specialists, experts, associations, an advisory group, and the Foundation’s own expert bodies.
The Baukultur Report 2014/15 is the first under the leadership of the German Federal Foundation of Baukultur and provides a compact overview on the situation of Baukultur in Germany: questions about affordable and high-quality housing, technical infrastructure and urban public space and urban greens as well as complex planning and participation processes in building projects.
The Report addresses built heritage and the challenges for the future viability of our designed environment. Among other issues, the report thematises energy upgrades of existing architecture and infrastructure – particularly from the era of post-war modernism – as one of the largest building tasks in the years ahead.
The Baukultur Report 2016/17 “City and Village” focuses on small and medium-sized urban spaces and rural areas. It contains recommendations for action to increase Baukultur in order to enhance the quality of life in both cities and the countryside.
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