Looking Ahead to BAU 2021

John Hill
23. December 2020
West Village in Chengdu by Jiakun Architects (Photo © ArchExist) 

Although it will be held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic, BAU 2021 is still taking place over three days in January. Four short films, created in cooperation with World-Architects, explore the event's four main themes. 

Organized by Messe München, BAU ONLINE is happening January 13-15, featuring talks and discussions as well as virtual product presentations, virtual networking, and other elements taking advantage of the online format. The four key themes were developed many months ago and are therefore staying in place for the digital fair, but they are being accompanied by a fifth theme related to the current situation: "The building sector after Corona – what now?" 

BAU 2021's four key themes:

  • Challenge Climate Change
  • Digital Transformation
  • The Future of Living
  • Resources and Recycling

World-Architects made four short films addressing these themes, with each film presenting a specific building related to the theme through an interview with the architect. The films can be watched below as well as on our Network page and on BAU's website.

Challenge Climate Change

Project: ciAsa Aqua Bad Cortina in San Vigilio in Enneberg, South Tyrol, Italy

Architect: pedevilla architects

Armin Pedevilla on ciAsa Aqua Bad Cortina (Duration: 3:36)

See also: ciAsa Aqua Bad Cortina in pedevilla architects' profile

Digital Transformation

Project: Urbach Tower, Remstal Valley, Germany

Architect: ICD / ITKE University of Stuttgart + EMPA + ETHZ

Prof. Achim Menges and Prof. Jan Knippers on Urbach Tower (Duration: 4:05)

See also: Urbach Tower in our Magazine's Works section

The Future of Living

Project: West Village in Chengdu, China

Architect: Jiakun Architects

Liu Jiakun on West Village (Duration: 3:57)

See also: Eduard Kögel's review of West Village

Resources and Recycling

Project: Office and Production Building for Baltensperger, Winterthur, Switzerland

Architect: Bob Gysin Partner BGP

Sebastian El Khouli on the office and production building of the Baltensperger company (Duration: 3:07)

See also: Office and Production Building for Baltensperger in Bob Gysin Partner BGP's profile

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