AWP is shortlisted for IBA Parkstadt, The Netherlands

IBA is looking for innovative, future-proof projects that will be of lasting importance to the development of a town, city or region. IBA does not do any construction work itself, but manages processes. It is laying the foundations for a new orientation towards the future which will drive social change. Put simply, IBA helps to improve a town, city or region. IBA gives them a boost. The IBA period will come to an end in 2020 with an exhibition of the completed projects.

IBA stands for Internationale BauAusstellung or International Building Exibition. The IBA phenomenon began life in Germany and has expanded to become a creative approach with a proven track record in boosting the economy of the regions concerned, the tangible result being a physical change in the region. But an equally important result is a cultural shift in the way people think and work in their region and the way they value it, generating a renewed pride that encourages investment.

Successful IBAs in Germany, including IBA Emscherpark, IBA Sachsen-Anhalt, IBA Hamburg and the IBA in Berlin are evidence that an IBA can really put regions on the map. IBA Parkstad is the first IBA outside Germany.

In October 2013, the Parkstad municipalities (Heerlen, Kerkrade, Landgraaf, Brunssum, Voerendaal, Simpelveld, Nuth and Onderbanken) and the Province of Limburg decided to launch an IBA. Its organisation and implementation have been the responsibility of IBA Parkstad B.V. since July 2014. (source : http://www.iba-parkstad.nl/en/organisation/iba-parkstad)