14th Forum – Can reconstruction constitute progress?

date 07. December 2017
17:00 – 20:00
language de
tickets Free entry, registration required

“Can reconstruction constitute progress? New technologies in the building trade” – this is the theme of the 14th Forum of the Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss, consisting of public lectures and a podium discussion, which this time is being held in cooperation with the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning (BBR) on 7 December 2017 in the Kronprinzenpalais. Reiner Nagel, managing director of the Federal Foundation of Baukultur, will moderate the event.

If you would like to attend, please register by 30 November at the latest by sending an email to info@humboldtforum.com. The architects Peter Westermann and Fabian Hegholz will also offer a tour of the building site at 3 pm. Since the number of participants is limited to a maximum of forty, registration is also required for the tour. (already fully booked)


5 pm Welcome
Some thoughts on the subject
Hans-Dieter Hegner, Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss

5:05 pm Introduction
Reconstructing historic facades – building trades, technology, building culture
Petra Wesseler, President of the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning (BBR)

5:15 pm The history of the reconstruction
Does architectural reconstruction constitute a construction of history?
Prof. Dr. Horst Bredekamp, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

5:35 pm Planning the reconstruction / Research
Planning the reconstruction of the historic facades of the Berlin Palace: research, documents, sources, fragments
Dr. Fabian Hegholz, Franco Stella project team

5:50 pm Implementing the reconstructed facades
“The Berlin Palace is a newbuild”: the architectural design that evolved from integrating the contradictory requirements of the Baroque architecture, energy-saving regulations, utilization concept and structural engineering
Peter Westermann, Franco Stella project team

6:05 pm The concrete realization of the sculptural works
Traditional methods, historical materials and modern technology in recreating the lost Baroque sandstone sculptures
Bertold Just, director of the Schlossbauhütte, Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss

6:20 pm Coffee break

6:30 pm Renovating the Staatsbibliothek Unter den Linden in Berlin
Jens Andreae, project director of the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning (BBR)

6:45 pm A working report on renovating the Neues Palais in Potsdam
Peter Lorenz, Büro Dr. Krämer und Partner, Weimar

7:00 pm Podium discussion
Dr. Samuel Wittwer, director of the Schlösser und Sammlungen der Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten; Peter Lorenz, Büro Dr. Krämer und Partner, Weimar; Volker Grübener, BBR; Jörg Lauterbach, Büro bauer lauterbach Dresden – consultant architects and engineers for historic reconstructions; Sven Schubert, managing director of Schubert Steinmetz und Bildhauer GmbH, Dresden

8 pm Get together


An event organized by the Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss together. Sponsored by the Federal Republic of Germany, represented by the Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherheit (Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety) on the basis of a resolution by the German Bundestag.

Kronprinzenpalais (Crown Prince's Palace)
Kronprinzenpalais, Unter den Linden 3 10117 Berlin