Bau, the world’s trade fair for architecture, materials and systems, doesn’t raise the white flag and confirms the event scheduled from 11 to 16 January in Münich. According to Messe München, which organizes the exhibition, the prospects remain good and the 80 per cent of the space is already allocated, despite the fact that some major brands have slipped away due to the emergency.
“The bookings for Bau are excellent, demand is especially high from abroad. I am also certain that business activity will continue to gather pace over summer and fall”, said Reinhard Pfeiffer, Deputy chairman of the Executive Board of Messe München.
In contrast with the general atmosphere but mostly with the choices arrived from Germany until now, but which are fully agreed by Dieter Schäfer, Messe München’s ceo. “It’s about time that we met our customers personally again, both old and new. The brave ones have to fly the flag. No digital format can replace personal meetings. We need this so that we can jump-start our business. The economy always demands perspectives and a reliable exit scenario. This is what Bau offers us now. We just have to take the first step”.
“The Corona pandemic will also have an effect on our built environment, on how we live in buildings and in cities. Bau sets an important, positive example for the entire construction industry, as it stands for a new awakening and innovation. It provides an opportunity for discussion, not only for architects, but also for those involved in planning and construction”, declared Christine Degenhart, president of the Bavarian Chamber of Architects, echoed by professor Norbert Gebbeken, president of the Chamber of Civil Engineers: “Itsgetting together is especially important this time, as “Covid-19” will surely change the way civil engineers work. Digital processes are also increasing in our industry, new constructional requirements will also mean that we have to change our ways of thinking. We have to talk about this at Bau 2021”.
Therefore, Bau will happen with required precautions. In the name of social distancing, hygiene and absolute treceability of the participants, in order to minimize the likely residual effects of the pandemic. Face masks (probably), disinfection stands (surely) and the need to start again. This is Bau’s (hopefully winning) bet.