The Building Exhibition's Manifesto
Grand deeds start life as grand ideas. And they need to have a well thought out “basic law”, with binding declarations on objectives, methods and quality assurance. One such basic document – never before produced for a building exhibition – is the IBA Convention.
For the first time in the history of building exhibitions the organizing city’s major actors have laid out the objectives of the IBA in a type of municipal treaty. People from all walks of life, representing 140 companies and institutions, signed the IBA Convention on 8 May 2007 at an official reception given by the Mayor in Hamburg Town Hall. The IBA partners undertake to further the aims of IBA in the spirit of trust and partnership. The objective is to create joint project structures in the shape of public-private partnerships, engage in mutually supportive public relations work and take steps to assure the quality of the projects. Additionally, the partners are to contribute their professional, constructive advice. This means the IBA Hamburg has achieved one important goal: to activate civic participation. This gives IBA multi-industry, Hamburg-wide support for the process of development and restructuring in Wilhelmsburg, Veddel and Harburg upriver port. And the list of IBA partners who have signed the Convention is growing steadily longer.