Lessons From Tubingen, Germany

Thursday April 25, 2013: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Last summer a delegation of architects, urban planners, and interested citizens visited Tubingen, Germany to learn about Architecture and Sustainable Urban Development, in a trip co-sponsored by Huron Valley AIA and the Tubingen-Ann Arbor Sister City Partnership.

Come see a presentation of trip highlights presented by some of the participants including: Janis Bobrin, Anne Cox, Jan Culbertson Celeste Novak, Grace Shackman and Norm and Ilene Tyler.

Tubingen, a college town built along the river Neckar, has many similarities to Ann Arbor. Although they operate under different regulations, their achievements gave participants ideas of goals to strive for in their own planning efforts. Concepts noted included a well-defined and protected historic core complete with a pedestrian zone; sustainability requirements including green roofs and solar collection panels; and the adaptive reuse and infill housing of the building cooperatives. Side trips to Stuttgart and the Swabian Alps were also fun and instructive.