Essener Forum Baukommunikation

The first "Essener Forum Baukommunikation – Essen Forum Building Communication" will take place on July 15, 2004 under the title "Atmosphere – Communication Medium of the Built Environment". Those who are interested are invited to participate in the lectures and discussions from various fields.


What is the atmosphere, anyway? Can it be planned, built, designed, manipulated or changed? Sociologists, psychologists, doctors, economists, philosophers, architects and urban planners will pursue this issue. After the welcome speech by Professor Dr. Lothar Zechlin, Dean of the University of Duisburg-Essen, and Professor Dr. Gernot Boehme, Philosopher, University of Darmstadt, there will be short lectures by sociologist Professor Dr. Dirk Baecker, University of Witten-Herdecke, economist and philosopher Dr. Birger Priddat, University of Witten-Herdecke and Friedrichshafen, medical psychologist Professor Dr. Manfred Schedlowski, ETH Zurich, and by architect and urban planner Bernd Kniess, Cologne. Afterwards, moderated by the Essen departmental head for culture, Dr. Oliver Scheytt, the professor of architecture Harald Gatermann, FH Bochum, Professor Dr. Peter Zec, Design Zentrum Nordrhein-Westfaln, Dr. Heinrich Kraft, ECE Projektmanagement GmbH Hamburg, Dr. Ulrich Hatzfeld, Ministry for Building, and Dr. Olaf Kaltenborn, University Witten-Herdecke, will discuss the topic.

In order to initiate a dialogue between building experts and experts from other fields that deal with the effects of building on people, cities and society, the scientists of the department of building sciences at the University Duisburg-Essen, have founded the Essen Forum Building Communication in cooperation with the University Witten-Herdecke. In the future, an interdisciplinary forum will take place once a year. On the one hand, the importance of the building engineer, far beyond technology and design, will become clear; on the other, the insights of other sciences will become exploitable for the practice of urbanism and architecture.


Essener Forum Baukommunikation

July 15, 2004, starting 9.00 a.m.



stadt.bau.raum, Galerie für Architektur und Arbeit

Boniverstraße 30

D–45883 Gelsenkirchen




Professor Dr. Alexander Schmidt, University Duisburg-Essen,


Organization and Registration

Reinhard Jammers, Marke + Design, reinhard(at)