International Summer Academy Mannheim 2019

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International Summer Academy Mannheim 2019

Sophie Xiying Liu

Business Development Manager | 02.09.2019

The International Summer Academy Mannheim 2019 has finished. While the memory is still fresh, let’s take a look back at what happened during this inspiring event.

The International Summer Academy Mannheim was held on 2-17 August 2019, under the theme of living together in complex societies. The event was held by a group of organizations from academia, public and private sectors, including TU Berlin, FH Konstanz, City of Mannheim, etc. Helge Kunz, General Manager of Renggli Deutschland GmbH, participated in the event and contributed his expertise in timber architecture and construction in the constructive discussion.

Workshop under the largest free-form wood lattice shell construction

The highlight of the Summer Academy is a two-week workshop held in the Multihalle Mannheim. Designed by the famous German architect and structural engineer, Frei Otto, the structure of the Multihalle is the largest free-form wood lattice shell construction in the world. There is no better place than under this roof to carry out the interdisciplinary, collaborative and inspiring discussions on the theme: [con]temporary living experiments as models of an open society.

International Summer Academy Mannheim 2019, held in the Multihalle Mannheim.
During the two-week workshop of the International Summer Academy Mannheim 2019, students carried out many interdisciplinary discussions in the Multihalle Mannheim.

Photo: Henning Scherf, Arthur Bauer Film & Fotografie

How will we live together in the future?

Facing the challenges from growing cities, increasing urban population, continuously changing social environment, we must re-think the way how we live together, not only now but also in the future. The workshop aims to provide a platform for architects, urban planners and residents to explore and experiment an open, collaborative and interactive way of co-creating future homes together.

Participants were discussing and experimenting at International Summer Academy Mannheim 2019
Photo: Henning Scherf, Arthur Bauer Film & Fotografie
Participants were discussing and experimenting at International Summer Academy Mannheim 2019
Photo: Henning Scherf, Arthur Bauer Film & Fotografie

As the General Manager of Renggli Deutschland GmbH and Associate Lecture at the TU Berlin, Helge Kunz connects the perspectives of industry and academia perfectly. Meanwhile, many years of his experience in wood architecture and timber construction contributed valuable insights in the discussion. To develop the sustainable architectural, building and construction industries, we need more of this kind of connection and cooperation.

Helge Kunz at International Summer Academy Mannheim 2019
Helge Kunz at International Summer Academy Mannheim 2019

Photo: Ali Badakhshan Rad, Arthur Bauer Film & Fotografie

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