*Please note the program below is subject to change.

Detailed Program

Thursday 10 October 2013   

17:00 Registration opens   

18:00 Welcome: Cocktail reception in bar of Industrie-Club, Elberfelder Strasse 6, 40213 Düsseldorf. Please read this note regarding attire at the Industrie-Club.   

20:00 Dinner on your own   

Friday 11 October 2013 


08:30 Registration continues (with coffee, tea, water, rolls)   

09:00 Welcome address: 2013 AIA Europe President Vincent Marani AIA; conference overview and introductions by conference organizer Karl Hartnack AIA. Please read this note regarding attire at the Industrie-Club.   

09:15 Presentation: Düsseldorf Planning — historical view and appraisal from 1850 to 2000. Planning strategy of planning department for Düsseldorf, laying groundwork and guidelines for the transition of land from industrial to other uses. Introduction to specific projects such as Medienhafen, Quartier Central, Oberkassel. Speaking: Ruth Orzessek-Kruppa, provisional head of the planning department, Stadt Düsseldorf  1 

Presentation: Intersecting projects in the city center  2.25 

10:15 Kö-Bogen — background and development of the project, objectives of the project from an urban planning point of view, traffic and transport; restoring the core of the city by relocating the auto traffic underground. Speaking: Stefan Mühling, developer of the Kö-Bogen  

10:45 Dreischeibenhaus — historical significance, responsible treatment of an architectural icon by the original architectural firm, HPP (formerly Hentrich-Petschnigg and Partners). Speaking: Joachim Faust, Architect and Managing Partner of HPP Architekten, Düsseldorf   

11:30 Buffet lunch in the bar of the Industrie-Club and reassemble at the footbridge on the north side of the Kö-Bogen building, 100 m east of the Industrie-Club entrance, in view of the Steigenberger Park Hotel.   

Industrie-Club to Kö-Bogen and Dreischeibenhaus

13:00 Guided walking tour of buildings and projects: 1) Kö-Bogen and newly created public spaces and underground vehicular access with Stefan Mühling, Developer of Libeskind Kö-Bogen and 2) Dreischeibenhaus with Joachim Faust, HPP, Architect of Dreischeibenhaus and successor to the original architects Hentrich-Petschnigg and Partners. Guided by: 1)Stefan Mühling - Developer of Libeskind Kö-Bogen, 2) Joachim Faust, HPP, Architect of Dreischeibenhaus  

13:45 Break and reassemble on corner entrance to P&C fashion store   

Schadowstrasse to Königsallee

14:00 Guided walking tour: 3) Richard Meier P&C fashion store, 4) Schadow-Arkaden — infill urban shopping center project, 5) JSK's Mayersche Bookstore, 6) Kaufhof building of Josef Maria Olbrich (1906), continue south to infill urban shopping center original 7) Kö-Center (1960s), 8) newly consolidated Kö-Galerie, Sevens, with Hans Meijers, General Manager, Kö-Galerie, end presentation at south entrance of Kö-Galerie. Guided by: 1) Hans Meijers, General Manager, Kö-Galerie; 2) Daniel Kohlmeyer, Architect in the office of sop Architekten   2 

Stilwerk to GAP15 Guided walking tour continues: across Grünstrasse; present 9) Stilwerk by sop Architects; cross Königsallee for view of reflecting pool for length of Kö; continue to visit of 10) GAP15 by sop Architects with view from top floor events space.   

Public transport to Vodafone

16:00 To Vodafone Campus: a) first to Heinrich-Heine-Allee on foot or by tram 703, 706, 712, or 713, in front of Roland Shoe Store, south of GAP15, second stop: Heinrich-Heine-Allee, b) then enter Underground and take either U74, U76, or U77 to Prinzenallee, c) with the elevated motorway on your left walk 200 m and arrive at reception area on ground floor of Vodafone high rise. (30 minutes travel time is more than adequate to reach Vodafone).   

16:30 Tour and presentation of the HPP designed and recently inaugurated Vodafone Campus as an office development on the site of a former brewery. Speaking: Arnd Willemsen, Head of Real Estate, Vodafone GmbH  1 

Public transport to Grohe 17:30 To Grohe: a) with the elevated motorway on the right, return to the tram stop and take the U76 or U74 in direction of travel to the right to Luegplatz (5th stop), cross the street to L, then walk along the Luegallee 2 blocks, R on Burggrafenstrasse, L on the square to the Richard Meier designed Grohe office building.   

Grohe world headquarters, Feldmühleplatz 15

18:00 Presentation: "Water!", in conjunction with cocktail and hor d'oeuvre reception in the showroom of conference supporter Grohe, where we will view their headquarters building and the inner city landscaped site, located in the preferred residential area of Oberkassel in Düsseldorf.   1 

20:00 Dinner on your own   

Saturday 12 October 2013   

Architektenkammer NRW

08:00 Assemble at Haus der Architekten. (Allow about 20-25 minutes from Heinrich-Heine-Allee by public transit; from Oberkassel Belsenplatz about 30 minutes.) The Haus der Architekten is located at the center tip of the block just south of the Frank Gehry buildings.   

08:45 Orientation of the Medien Hafen while viewing harbour area from rooftop: The Düsseldorf Harbor, historic development, new land uses, from concepts to implementation and future projects and planning.  1

09:45 Presentation with AIA Europe sponsor Lutron, by Dean Skira of Skira Architectural Lighting Design.   1 

10:45 Either a) board bus or b) join walking group. (Those walking will have an opportunity to board the bus at midpoint of the tour, or may continue on the rest of the tour on foot.)  

11:00 Narrated bus and walking tour, part 1: hop-on, hop-off viewing of the harbor development area with departure from Haus der Architekten. View the results of transition of the harbor from freight and industrial use to media, offices, restaurants, hotels, entertainment on 32 sites with in-fill and adaptive re-use projects. Buildings designed by such architects as William Alsop, Frank Gehry, Christoph Parade, JSK, HPP, Helmut Jahn, Renzo Piano, Karl-Heinz Petzinka, HPP, Jo Coenen, Claude Vasconi. Continue tour through south end of harbor area, past construction site of Renzo Piano office. Stop to view interior lobby of Stadttor (Karl-Heinz Petzinka).   1 

12:00 Break and re-board bus at Haus der Architekten. Collect boxed lunch to eat on bus.   

12:15 Narrated bus and walking tour of three types of recent and current urban development projects: 1) Rheinmetall, offices in new and adapted buildings of a former weapons manufaturing and light industry complex, stockyards, police barracks and prison now converted for use by media and fashion wholesalers and showrooms, consulting and law firms, shopping centers for adjoining housing and at the transition to the Quartier Central a polytechnic college now under construction; 2) Quartier Central, new development of predominantly multi-story housing on site of former railroad marshalling yard and freight handling facility, and adjoining medium scale, ca. 5 story existing housing, of which the first phase, Les Halles was runner up to a MIPIM award in Cannes in 2009; 3) Gartenstadt-Reitzenstein, totally new single, double, row and multi-family housing and services in a garden-city environment on the site of a former military barracks of the 1930’s. Includes a 30 minute coffee break at the INNSIDE on the Rheinmetall property.  3.5 

INNSIDE Hotel Includes a presentation with John Fowler from AIA Europe sponsor Marvin Windows & Doors from ca. 14:00-14:30 h.   

Red Bus

16:15 Return via bus to Burgplatz and Rhine promenade   

16:30 Narrated walking tour: view of Rheinpromenade (project of the century) covering tunneled motorway, conversion of convent and nursing home to upscale housing, construction site of Andreasquartier large area housing on site of former law courts building integrated into 16th and 17th C urban fabric, with monumental entry, the K20 Collection of 20th Century Art building by Dissing+Weitling (successor to Arne Jacobsen), phase 1 completed in 1986, phase 2 in 2006, integrated into existing city block.   1 

17:30 Time on your own.   

Max Haus, Schulstrasse 11

19:00 Cocktails in the cloistered courtyard of the Max Haus (St. Maximilian) Monastery. Opportunity to view minimally invasive addition of modern facilities at the lower level and a small archaeological display of artifacts recovered during renovations.   

19:30 Gala dinner sponsored by AGC Glass  

Rest of evening on your own, e.g. in the Düsseldorf Altstadt or Media Harbor   

Sunday 13 October 2013   

Hotel Maritim at Düsseldorf International Airport

09:45 Assemble at Main Entrance Maritim Airport Hotel and board buses   

10:00 Presentation: Guided Walking tour airport cityDüsseldorf Airport — Historical overview, the fire of April 1996, the restoration after the fire, current operation. Airport city — historical overview, planning concepts, development to date, and projected future development. With Christoph Blume, general manager of DUS-International and former chief planning officer of Düsseldorf; Jurek Slapa, sop Architekten, architect and principal planner and designer of DUS-International.   2.5 

12:30 Chapter business meeting with buffet lunch in the in Mallorca Room of the Maritim Hotel  

14:00 End of conference   

Maximum available AIA CES learning units   17.25 

Half-Friday through Sunday AIA CES   14 

Saturday and Sunday AIA CES   10 

Monday 14 October 2013   

Optional extension   

Meeting point
tbd Spend the day at Insel Hombroich, a decommissioned former missile base converted to a "cultural environment" in 1994 to accommodate the art collection of Karl-Heinz Müller. Architecture by Raimund Abraham, Tadao Ando, Erwin Heerich, Oliver Kruse, Katsuhito Nishikawa und Alvaro Siza. 
Alternatively, travel as a group to Cologne to visit the cathedral and the Kolumba by architect Peter Zumthor.   

Costs for the extension are not included in the main program; attendees should be prepared to pay expenses on site.   

For those remaining in Düsseldorf for the Monday event, we recommend:   

Alexander Calder at the K20. An exhibit of approximately 70 works. This is the first show of his works in Germany in more than 20 years.   

The Düsseldorf Ballet on Sunday:   

16:30-18:30 optional tour of the Düsseldorf opera house for 6 Euros per person (probably only in German)   

18:30-21:00 Performance: Afternoon of a Faun (Jerome Robbins), Without Words (Hans van Manen), Nacht Umstellt (Martin Schläpfer)   

The Düsseldorf Ballet with director and choreographer Martin Schläpfer is one of the top ballet companies in Europe and is usually sold out. Early booking is recommended.   



Karl Hartnack AIA, Conference Committee Chair, has compiled detailed notes on ten hotels which are included on the conference map > Düsseldorf Hotels (PDF)


The transit system for the city of and region surrounding Düsseldorf and surroundings is the Rheinbahn

A map of the Düsseldorf public transit system is available in 6 languages.


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