Jan 22, 2021

Video release “Urban renewal – the role and potential of architecture”

Jan 1, 1970

In cooperation with the Network for Architecture Exchange (NAX), an initiative of the Federal Chamber of German Architects (BAK), the Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership created a video on “Urban renewal – the role and potential of architecture”. The video format has been chosen as a replacement for the BAK expert exchange on sustainable architecture in China 2020 that had to be cancelled due to this year’s travel restrictions.  It can be used as an informative element in expert conferences to emphasize the international cooperation between Chinese and German architects in the field of sustainable urban development.

What does it mean to work as a German architect in China? What opportunities and expectations as well as cultural differences come to meet? How does collaboration in international team’s work? In the film, four NAX-Members, who provide German know-how worldwide share their experiences in China and show what “Urban Renewal” means to them today. The full video can be watched here.

Urban Renewal – the Role and Potential of Architecture from Bundesarchitektenkammer on Vimeo.

Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership

Project country
Political Partners
Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU); Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD)

In 2013, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang initiated the Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership as a response to rising rates of urbanisation, a higher frequency of climate change-induced natural disasters and increasing levels of environmental degradation. The partnership is overseen by the Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD) of the People’s Republic of China, and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) has been responsible for implementing the Partnership Project since June 2016. Funded through the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of BMU, the project focuses on promoting sustainable, integrated urban development in China and Germany. The governing structure of the Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership consists of a Steering Committee and an Annual Meeting of the Working Group on Urbanisation that involves all active members in the Partnership. Every three years a High-level Forum on Urbanisation is held, alternating between China and Germany.