Architecture Matters
4–5 May 2023

Architecture Matters 2023

Second City. On the New in the Old.

“Second City. On the New in the Old.” is the theme of Architecture Matters 2023, where we will explore this topic at different levels: materials, buildings, society. With the 2023 conference, we jump back into the thick of the action. The venue is Tucherpark, an office ensemble from the 1960s that is listed as a Bavarian State Monument and currently being redeveloped.

How can we think about and design the life cycle of buildings? What does it mean for the construction and real estate industries when new builds are the exception and no longer the rule? Do we have enough appreciation for more recent stock? How should we think about historic preservation today? Beyond general calls for self-sufficiency and lower standards in construction: What comforts are we prepared to give up as individuals to be more sustainable? Even if most places have been built up in this country – what strategies are we developing for regions that still face major urbanization processes? Concrete, the building material of the modern age, offers us a paradigm for examining the true value of building materials. How can circular thinking be applied to building as a whole – starting from initial prototypes based on the principles of cradle-to-cradle, urban mining, or the city as a resource? How much innovative power are the major corporations developing – What new digital business models are currently emerging in the green tech scene? What does it mean to design with available resources – What counts as beautiful today? How can we think in tandem about the social question and the ecological question? And how do we shape this complex change process together with the multitude of stakeholders?

photo: © estate Sibylle Bergemann / OSTKREUZ. Courtesy Loock Galerie


Architecture Matters 2023 Second City


Lead Partners

Bavarian economic policy aims to promote sustainable economic growth in Bavaria, including expanding the cultural and creative industries as a robust, future-oriented economic and growth sector.

Grant Thornton are auditors, tax advisors, and lawyers with a passion – and one of the ten largest auditing firms in Germany. With its international network in 140 countries, Grant Thornton develops innovative solutions for dynamic companies. In Germany, it has more than 1,500 employees at 11 locations. 

Premium Partners

BMK Böhm Mohr Kleiner & Partner – Rechtsanwälte & Steuerberater is a leading law firm in Munich specializing in public law.

dormakaba is one of the globe’s most successful suppliers of intelligent access and security solutions – with 150 years of experience, 15,0000 employees in over 130 countries, and millions of installed products and solutions worldwide.

Gira is a leading full-range supplier of intelligent system solutions for electrical and networked digital building control. From its founding in 1905 to the present day, the family-owned company has been making our lives and homes more comfortable, safer, and more energy-efficient.

Hines is a global real estate investment firm with offices in 255 cities in 27 countries. Founded in 1957, Hines currently manages real estate valued at approximately 83,6 billion euros. Euro.

Isaria is an expert in the development and realization of sustainable, livable housing and future-fit districts in Germany’s metropolitan regions.

Schüco is a specialist in building envelopes – a future-forward supplier of system solutions for high-quality windows, doors, and facades with 70 years of experience, 5,650 employees, and 12,000 partners in 80 countries.

TECE is a globally active manufacturer of sanitary products and installation systems. For over 30 years, the independent, family-run company has cultivated an open and pioneering spirit in close dialogue with customers and markets.

Focus Partners

Doelker& – the sister company of Schnitzer& – advises and assists companies in digitizing their construction workflows. They support their clients in all phases of digital transformation.

ZAR Real Estate Holding is a fully integrated developer of real estate projects and properties with operations throughout Germany.

Media- & Cooperation Partners