Day of Architecture 2019 – Räume prägen
29–30 June 2019
The Day of Architecture (Tag der Architektur) in Germany is an annual, nationwide event organised by the Federal Chamber of Architects and the Chambers of Architects of the Länder. Taking place over the weekend of 29 and 30 June, it aims to provide insights into contemporary architecture, give an overview of current challenges faced by architects as well as provide an understanding of their work. Many buildings of architectural value that are not normally accessible or only partially so, will open their doors to the public on the weekend. Builders, owners and architects will provide guided tours of the buildings.
This year’s theme of “Räume prägen” (Shaping Spaces) highlights the influence that spaces have on people – whether it is a living, working, recreational or learning space: spaces shape us. It is why we feel the need to create comfortable, pleasant areas for living within our own four walls. But we also need an atmosphere that promotes concentration and quiet work at work or school. Quite apart from private houses and apartments that we can adapt to our own needs, when it comes to public and communal buildings, parks, squares and streets, it is a real challenge to carefully plan and create them so that they meet the needs and expectations of as many users as possible.
It isn’t just internal and external spaces that shape us, however. In our everyday lives, we also actively shape our environments by the way we habitually use them. The Day of Architecture illustrates how important it is to develop a culture of high building standards for all areas of life, so that we can inspire, promote, support and motivate people in both private and public spheres.
The weekend programme is largely made up of project visits, but also offers the opportunity of visiting exhibitions and architectural offices as well as of attending public discussions and lectures. You can find an overview of the programme for each federal state here. Admission is free and no registration is required. The two days offer the perfect opportunity for planners, builders, architects, architecture enthusiasts and laypeople to exchange ideas and inform themselves about the process of construction.