Bilfinger Berger Award 2007

October 04, 2007

October 4, 2007

Impetus for the city of the future – international experts analyze various approaches
Prof. Klaus Töpfer and Herbert Bodner to award prizes

What are the driving forces behind urban development that is both future-oriented and sustainable? What are the elements of a modern concept? How should those involved be prepared for it? These are just a few of the questions that will be discussed on October 8, 2007 by internationally-renowned experts from the worlds of business, science and politics during the symposium titled “Mobility, creativity, partnership. Impetus for the city of the future”. The results of the first ever Bilfinger Berger Awards, with €70,000 in prize money, will serve as the basis for the symposium at Berlin’s Radisson SAS hotel.

“I am convinced that the global exchange of information and experience is a decisive factor for success in all countries. The key question is whether solutions that have been implemented successfully elsewhere can be transferred to Germany”, says Herbert Bodner, Chairman of the Executive Board at Bilfinger Berger AG. The approaches will be discussed in three panels, each of which will deal with one of the three themes of urban development, alliancing as well as mobility and transport. “With this symposium we would like to give new impetus to the debate in Germany”, adds Bodner.

At the end of the symposium the prizes will be presented to the winners of the Award. The jury under the chairmanship of Prof. Dr. Klaus Töpfer gave first prize to Cordelia Polinna, an urban planner from Berlin. With her study on “Idea Stores” in London’s Tower Hamlets district, she pointed out new directions in urban planning. Andrew Chew was awarded second place with the theme “alliancing”. The lawyer from Sydney describes a successful model of contract design commonly used in Australia that prevents legal disputes between client and contractor. Dr. Georgina Santos, a lecturer at Oxford University, received third prize for her study on the London city toll. The implementation of the toll successfully reduced traffic in the city and provided a boost for public transportation

The event will begin at 4 p.m. There will be a photo opportunity with the jury and the Award winners at 7 p.m.: DomLounge, Radisson SAS Hotel, Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 3, 10178 Berlin, tel.: 0178/1968617

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