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Düsseldorf: Urbanization and Architecture | Fall 2013

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International Conference and Chapter Meeting

Urbanization and Architecture | 10-13 October 2013

Most of the gritty industry of the Rhine-Ruhr Region has moved on, yet Düsseldorf continues to thrive as a livable economic, political, and cultural center. 

With a population of less than 600,000, Düsseldorf serves as an urban focus to a region of more than 12 million people with a concentration of service industries, world class cultural attractions and urban amenities, including higher learning, museums, fashion, entertainment, dining, and sports. 

While postwar reconstruction has its share of merely functional, unimaginative, and dull architecture, political and economic events of the past twenty years have brought about a stunning transformation. 

As Düsseldorf architects work abroad, international practices have discovered Düsseldorf. Works by Richard Meier, Frank Gehry, Helmut Jahn, and Norman Foster can all be found within walking distance of one another. 

Prominent among new projects is Kö-Bogen by Daniel Libeskind, situated at the elegant Königsallee and the Hofgarten. Part of a major urban redevelopment comprised of a large city park atop an underground crossing of automobile and light rail traffic, this AIA Europe event will coincide roughly with its completion. 

All this and more — Düsseldorf is moving to the world stage of awareness in design and architecture. 

Karl Hartnack AIA, Conference Committee Chair


Conference attendees are responsible for booking accommodations. A list of suggested hotels has been assembled by the conference organisersDüsseldorf also has a very active Airbnb community.

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