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Manifestos and agreements


Countless agreements since the 1970s testify again and again to the intention to build and live in a more environmentally friendly or sustainable way. In these, everything has been sufficiently stated, recommended and politically decided. The following is a selection of some important documents.

Year
Title / Topic
2021 Das Bauhaus der Erde. Baustelle Weltklima: Aufruf zu einer grünen Bauhaus-Bewegung für das 21. Jahrhundert. Zielgedanke ist die Substitution von Stahlbeton durch organische Building materials and eine Strategien für eine nachhaltige Siedlungswirtschaft zu erreichen. The von dem weltweit angesehenen Klimaforscher Prof. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber withinitiierteBauhaus der Erdesoll zugleich Triebfeder für Innovationen im Bausektor und Stachel im Fleisch der relevanten Entscheidungsträger sein. Ohne radikale Bauwende wird das Pariser Klimaabkommen scheitern, so Schellnhuber.
www.bauhausdererde.org
2020 The Mannheim Message - Local Green Deals for a climate-neutral, sustainable and inclusive Europe
With the Mannheim Message, the mayors and decision-makers of Europe's cities and regions are responding to the European Green Deal. The document builds on the content and principles of the Aalborg Charter (1994), the Aalborg Commitments (2004) and the Basque Declaration (2016). It reflects the goal of integrated sustainable urban and regional development as supported by the Leipzig Charter.
pdf-Download (german)
Further information: www.sustainablecities.eu
2020 Four-point economic recovery plan dated 5/26/2020.
Innovation programme of the Federal Chamber of Architects and the Federal Foundation for Building Culture
carried along by:
AHO - Committee of the Associations and Chambers of Engineers and Architects for the Fee Regulations e.V.
BDA - Association of German Architects
BDIA - Association of German Interior Architects e.V.
BDLA - Association of German Landscape Architects e.V.
BDVI- Association of publicly appointed surveyors e.V.
BFB - Bundesverband der Freien Berufe e.V. (Federal Association of Liberal Professions)
DAI - Association of German Architects' and Engineers' Associations
DASL -Deutsche Akademie für Städtebau und Landesplanung e.V. (German Academy for Urban and Regional Planning)
Die Stadtentwickler Bundesverband e.V.
DV - German Association for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning
HDB - German Construction Industry Federation
IfR - Information Circle for Spatial Planning e.V.
VBI - Association of Consulting Engineers e.V.
VDV - Association of German Surveying Engineers e.V.
VDMA Building Technology
VfA - Association of Freelance Architects of Germany e.V.
VPB - Verband Privater Bauherren e.V. (Association of Private Building Owners)
ZBI - Central Federation of Engineering Associations e.V.
ZDB - Zentralverband des Deutschen Baugewerbes e.V. (Central Association of the German Construction Industry)
www.bak.de/...wirtschaft/200526_konjunkturbelebunginnovationbaukultur.pdf
2019 BDA position paper "The House of Earth
(adopted at the 15th BDA Conference in Halle/Saale), 6 pp.
www.bda-bund.de/...DasHausDerErde....pdf
2019 EU climate emergency declaration
The EU states are to reduce CO2-emissions by 55 percent by 2030 (instead of the current 40 percent).
https://taz.de/EU-Parlament-ruft-Klimanotstand-aus…
www.sueddeutsche.de/...eu-klimanotstand...
2019 Düsseldorf Declaration on Urban Development Law, 7 S.
https://sdg21.eu/blog/duesseldorfer-erklaerung-zum-staedtebaurecht
2018 Manifesto on electromobility and renewable energies
The first signatories of the Manifesto are the Bundesverband eMobilität e.V., Bundesverband Neue Energiewirtschaft e.V., Bundesverband Solare Mobilität e.V., Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft e.V., Bundesverband WindEnergie e.V., Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sonnenenergie e.V. and International Battery & Energy Storage Alliance. 8 p.
Link (pdf)
2018

 

Appeal "post-growth economy" to the EU
In an open letter to the EU, more than 200 scientists, including many renowned economists, are calling for an end to the focus on growth and a commitment to a better quality of life and a healthy environment.
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2018 Demand paper of the Bündnis Junge Genossenschaften Berlin, 24 p.
Link
2017 Charter for Wood 2.0, 60 p.
Link
 2017 Resolution of the Lord Mayor's Sustainable City Dialogue (15 March 2017) on SDG 2030, 3 pp.
2016
Habitat III: New Urban Agenda. Quito Declaration on Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements for All., 22 pp.
Link
2016
Basque Declaration: The Basque Declaration outlines new pathways for European Cities and Towns to create productive, sustainable and resilient cities for a liveable and inclusive Europe. The document aims to support and accelerate socio-cultural, socio-economic and technological transformation. The Basque Declaration was acclaimed by the participants of the 8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns held in the Basque Country from 27-29 April 2016, and it is an important step following the Aalborg Charter (1994) and the Aalborg Commitments (2004).
Link
2016
Bremen Manifesto: for citizen energy and 100 % renewable energy:
www.buendnis-buergerenergie.de/buendnis/manifest
2016
Reposition housing policy! Plea of vhw and Difu for a social and resilient housing policy", 9 p.
2016
Fig.: Stephan Anders 2012This figure shows chronologically important events such as environmental catastrophes, but also the UN conferences on the topics of environment, climate and sustainability. Furthermore, the developments of the legal ENEV requirements for buildings and the year in which the voluntary building certificates such as DGNB, HQE, etc. started are entered. The figure is taken from the dissertation "City as a system" By Stephan Anders (2016).
2016
Paris Agreement: it is the first climate treaty that is binding under international law and contains obligations for all 195 states. The global community commits itself to the goal of limiting man-made global warming to well below 2°C compared to pre-industrial times and, if possible, even to a maximum of 1.5°C. The year 2015 was already 1°C warmer than the second half of the 19th century. February 2016 was the largest temperature anomaly ever recorded, at 1.35° above normal. Greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere have now passed the critical threshold of 400 parts per million. The Paris Agreement came into force in November.
2015
82d63388d1Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. United Nations from 25- 27 September 2015 in New York
Link
2015
UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights with implementation guidance
download pdf
2015
Environmental Encyclical "Laudato si" by Pope Francis, 220 pp.
Link
2014
German Academy for Urban and Regional Planning - DASL (2014): Position Paper "Cities in Germany 2030: Challenges and Opportunities for Urban Development and Urbanism."
download pdf
2012
5 years Leipzig Charter for Sustainable Urban Development
www.nationale-stadtentwicklungspolitik.de/...LeipzigCharta...
2012
Manifesto & Policy Recommendations. EUROPEAN RESOURCE EFFICIENCY PLATFORM
(EREP). download pdf
2011
To Artists Life Manifesto by Marina Abramovic
https://hirshhorn.si.edu/…An-Artists-Life-Manifesto.pdf
2011
PlusEnergy petition initiated by Rolf Disch from Freiburg. The PlusEnergy construction method should become the standard for new buildings as quickly as possible.
Link
2011
Decision to close all nuclear power plants in Germany by December 2022, prompted by the superGAUs and explosions at 3 reactors in Fukushima, Japan.
2010
"Freiburg Charter. Requirements for future-oriented urban development and urban planning" City of Freiburg
2009
Reason for the World Manifesto of architects, engineers and urban planners for sustainable architecture and engineering. The manifesto was introduced as the German contribution to the 2009 UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. Supporting institutions: BDA, BDB, BDIA, bdla, Federal Chamber of Architects, Federal Chamber of Engineers, VBI, DAI, SRL, VFA.
Link
2007
Thomas Herzog (ed.): Solar CharterEuropean Charter for Solar Energy in Architecture and Urban Planning. European Charter for Solar Energy in Architecture and Urban Planning. Prestel, Munich/Berlin/London/New York 2007 (German, English, Chinese, Spanish, French, Japanese, Italian, Russian, Greek, Arabic)
2007
Leipzig Charter on Sustainable European Cities. Created during the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Leipzig Charter was adopted by all 27 EU member states as a policy basis.
www.bbsr.bund.de/...
Initiative Global Marshall Plan www.globalmarshallplan.org
2004
Charter for wood. BMVEL - Federal Minister of Consumer Protection, Food and Agriculture. 26 S.
2004
Marienthal Declaration. Demographic change and ecological settlement development. IES Hanover and IÖR Dresden. 5 S.
2003
New Athens Charter 2003. Vision for the cities of the 21st century. European council of town planners. Paradigm shift towards the "city of short distances" and mixed-use districts. 24 S.
2003
Five-point plan for sustainable building Federal Chamber of Architects. 1 S.
2003 (1981)
The Building Biology Manifesto. B.A.U. Bund Architektur & Umwelt e.V. 2003 (new edition). First edition: 1981 (formerly Bund Architektur und Baubiologie e.V.), 5 pp.
Link: www.bau-architekten.de/...
2002
National Sustainability Strategy - Perspectives for Germany. Strategy for Sustainable Development. Federal Government of the Federal Republic of Germany. 343 S.
2000
World report for the future of cities - urban 21" Contains guiding principles for the future development of cities (authors include Prof. Klaus Töpfer/UNEP; Thomas Herzog, ...) as a German version. 50 S.
2000
Factor 10 Manifesto. Web page for to the link of the pdf download. Initiator: Friedrich Schmidt-Bleek. 17 p.
Link
1999
Friedensreich Hundertwasser: Manifesto for the GREEN CITADEL OF MAGDEBURG
Link
1998
BauGB: Anchoring the requirement of sustainable urban development in §1
Link
1996
Position Paper "Ecological Planning and Building" International Building Exhibition Emscher Park. Resolution adopted by the IBA Steering Committee 26 April 1996, 6 pp.
1996
An overview of agreements on the subject "Sustainable urban development / Local Agenda 21“. Ed.: BBR - Bundesministerium für Raumordnung, Bauwesen und Städtebau 1996: Lokale Agenda. Status and perspectives of implementation. Overview of international programs and strategies. Author: ICLEI Freiburg. Bonn. 2 S.
1996
Istanbul Declaration on Human Settlements - Habitat II (German version) 12 p. Original version (English): unhabitat.org/declarations/Istanbul_Declaration.pdf or unhabitat.org/declarations/ch-1a.htm - – .../Ch-2a - – .../Ch-3a - – .../Ch-4a
See also: https://unhabitat.org/
2006
As well as BBR (2006): "The implementation of the goals and principles of the Habitat Agenda in the legislation of the Federal Republic of Germany, Finland, the Netherlands, Romania and Turkey in the years 1996 to 2005." Bonn. The study investigated whether and how the goals and principles of the Agenda adopted in Istanbul in 1996 have been incorporated into the legislation of five selected signatory states in Europe.
Eng.  engl.
1996
European Charter for Solar Energy in Architecture and Town Planning. 6 S.

1994
Aalborg Charter

2003

Aalborg Charter - Charter of European Cities and Towns on the road to sustainability. Adopted on 27 May 1994 by the participants of the European Conference on Sustainable Cities and Towns in Aalborg, Denmark.The Aalborg Charter was endorsed by the LISBONNER ACTION PLAN 1996 and the
HANNOVER AUFRUF 2000. 10 PP.
Source: aalborgplus10.dk
1994
10 theses on the relationship between two related disciplines: Urban development is more than just "enlarged" architecture. Peterek, Michael (1994) in: Einsele, Martin (ed.)(1994): Stadt im Diskurs: Beiträge zur aktuellen Städtebaudiskussion. Karlsruhe
https://oekosiedlungen.de/_materialien/stadtplanung/
1989
Hamburg Manifesto of the Housing Association, 5 pp.
Link
1979
Manifesto for the Foundation of a "Free International University for Creativity and Interdisciplinary Research Joseph Beuys and Klaus Staeck
Link
1979
Friedensreich Hundertwasser: Manifesto "The Holy Shit"
Link
1972
The limits to growth. The Club of Rome
1958
Friedensreich Hundertwasser: Mouldy manifesto against rationalism in architecture
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