BAU 2013 in Munich – The Fair for Architecture and Energie 2.0
Two years ago, over 235,000 visitors at-tended BAU 2011. In 2013 the organizers hope to break this record again. Austria, Switzerland and Italy account for the largest number of overseas exhibitors and visitors, and in 2011 there were significant increases in visitor numbers from almost all the top 15 countries. Particularly noticeable were the strong rises from countries like Turkey and Russia. The globalization of the building and construction industry – and hence of BAU – is reflected in the growth in visitor numbers from non-European countries. 8,500 visitors came to BAU 2011 from outside Europe. 3,505 travelled from Asia, including 854 from China. Exhibitor numbers also reached a new alltime high in 2011, with 2,058 exhibitors from 46 countries.
Already today half of us live in cities. By 2050, 75% of what will then be a global population of around 9.3 billion people will live in urban areas. Urban development in the 21st century will be a major challenge with regard to infrastructure, mobility, security and energy supply.
BAU 2013 will include 17 exhibition halls covering a total area of 180,000 m2. The halls will be arranged according to construction material, product and theme. What makes BAU special is the fact that it brings together under one roof all the technologies, products and materials used in planning and construction.
Traditionally halls at BAU have been divided up into categories according to product or material type. For BAU 2013, however, this established system of organization is being overlaid with an additional orientation system, with exhibitors also able to be found under a specific theme heading.
BAU is also a very important information and communication platform for planners, architects and construction engineers from all over the world. In 2011 BAU was attended by over 50,000 visitors working for architecture and planning firms. In six years, the percentage of planners among the visitors to BAU has doubled. www.bau-muenchen.com
Buildings for life, i.e. buildings that suit all generations, is an idea that is gaining ground in Germany and Europe. It requires living space to be designed and fitted out in such a way that there is room for everyone, so that all occupants feel a sense of well-being and security, whether they are young, old, large or small. BAU 2013 will include several events focusing on this theme.