Volume 44, Issue 2 - February 2009


BAU Brings in Building Crowds in Germany

BAU, the biannual German trade fair for architecture, materials and systems, took place in January at the New Munich Trade Fair Centre in Munich, Germany. According to show organizers, there was very little sign of the financial and economic crisis in the exhibition halls. In fact, this year’s event attracted 211,000 visitors, leaving show organizers to report that 2009 resulted in the best turnout in the show’s 40-year history.

“BAU has shown that our sector is refusing to be discouraged by the economic crisis,” says Dieter Schäfer, chair of the BAU advisory board. “The exhibiting companies are entering the new year with a great deal of optimism.” Attendees came from all over the world, 36,000 of them from 151 countries outside Germany. Nearly 2,000 exhibitors from 42 countries took part in this six-day event—although markedly few from North America. 

“The first day was very slow for us,” comments Rainer W. Schmid, director of marketing of Interpane Glas Industrie AG, adding, “But otherwise we were in good spirits, as the mood was good. The economic crisis is not a theme that worries us, or one that is causing the sector to go into rigor mortis. On the contrary, the quality of the visitors was very good. We think it’s very good that the whole glass segment was together.”

The “Future of Building” and “MacroArchitecture” forums attracted a number of attendees. International architects gave lectures on themes that included “Mega Cities,” “Energy and Architecture” and “Living Today and Tomorrow.” 

“Two years ago protecting the climate was still very much an issue restricted to Germany, but now it is of international concern. Demand for energy-efficient products is increasing all the time,” says Thomas Lauritzen, head of corporate coordination at Schüco. The next BAU will be held in the same location, January 17-22, 2011.yyä www.bau-muechen.de 

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