Student Competition Central Germany 2021/22

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Schwammstadt - Ideas for the World Heritage City of Quedlinburg

The Sponge City - Ideas for the UNESCO World Heritage of Quedlinburg

Image source: ibd Ingenieurbüro für Bauwesen Dipl.-Ing. Lars Deuter, we thank for the permission of publication.

Announcement to the 01.09.2021

Colloquium on site: 05.11.2021

Submission of the work: 01.03.2022

Total prize money: 2,700 euros plus material prizes

Invitation to the compulsory colloquium on Friday, 5 November 2021

Meeting place and location of the formal part of the compulsory colloquium

on Friday, 05. November 2021
Kaiserhof, Großer Saal ,
Pölle 34, 06484 Quedlinburg


11:00 Early admission with opportunity for non-tested participants to take a test in the presence of the organizer

11:30 Admission, reception with small buffet

12:30 Beginning, welcome by the BDLA and
Greeting by Thomas Malnati, Head of the Department of Building, Urban Development and World Heritage of the World Heritage City of Quedlinburg

13:00 Introduction and technical presentations, a. o.Lars Deuter, ibd Ingenieurbüro für Bauwesen Quedlinburg

14:00 First discussion, debate

14:30 Start of the guided tour of the Kaiserhof with Torsten Schmelz, World Heritage City of Quedlinburg

ca: 15:30 Group photo in front of the town hall during the tour

Information about the Kaiserhof can be found on the page:

The 3G rules apply. Where the minimum distance of 1.5 meters cannot be maintained, we ask that you wear a mask.

All participants should please register by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by November 2, 2021 to secure the organization.

We recommend a self-organized overnight stay in Quedlinburg to have enough time to get familiar with the complex task and to exchange experiences beyond the own university.

For potential participants who cannot keep this date for urgent personal reasons, an alternative date on site in the following week will be offered on request.

Warm greetings from Saxony-Anhalt
from the preparation team of the BDLA-Saxony-Anhalt
Prof. Erich Buhmann
Chairman BDLA Regional Group Saxony-Anhalt

Award and documents

Here we have compiled all the documents for you:

In the folder award documents are set:

  • 1_Auslobung
  • 2_Photos (as-built photos sorted into areas of specialisation)
  • 3_Plans (ALKIS, aerial photos, planning heights, city base map dwg, thematic map pdf, drawing basis: Schwammstadt-Plan zip file)
  • Schwammstadt plan09.2021-sheet 1.pdf
  • Sheet I (A 0 portrait format)
  • Design Strategy Old Town Quedlinburg.
  • Contents:
  • Site plan M 1:1000
  • Presentation of proposed open space solutions for the Schwammstadt and the climate-resilient Old Town, competition area with consolidation area and potential areas
  • Schwammstadt-Plan09.2021-Sheet 2.pdf
  • Sheet II (A0 portrait format)
  • Content:
  • Catalogue of measures Schwammstadt - climate resilient city.
  • Self-explanatory presentation of the measures in sketches, pictograms, sections (form of presentation freely selectable) with location in the old town
  • and
  • Area of specialisation M 1:500 (Marktkirchhof with Kornmarkt)
  • Site plan M 1: 500
  • Design presentation of the developed measures using concrete design examples
  • Explanation of the design in two different forms of representation: sectional or cross-sectional view, spatial representation or perspective
  • 4_Sources of the competition (10 maps or reports)
  • 5_General sources
  • Competition documents complete as zip-file (800 MB)

Mrs. Catharina Bankert-Hahn, the city of Quedlinburg and Büro Deuter are to be thanked for this compilation.

For the preparatory group of the BDLA regional group Saxony-Anhalt

Prof. Erich Buhmann

Short description of the task

Our cities will be increasingly affected by climate change. Higher air temperatures, less precipitation, and more heavy rain and flooding events will occur more frequently in the coming years. Thus, in recent years, flooding has repeatedly occurred in various urban areas of the World Heritage City of Quedlinburg during major rainfall events.

The World Heritage City of Quedlinburg is therefore looking for ideas from students of landscape architecture for more resilience in the medieval city.

As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the historic old town is one of the largest land monuments in Germany. The aim is to develop ideas on how principles of the sponge city can be implemented in a stone medieval urban structure such as Quedlinburg in order to improve the urban climate. How can stormwater retention, unsealing, infiltration, and evaporation be applied in a landmark?

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