The IBA Thüringen’ s projects come about in different ways. In 2014, the ‘Zukunft STADTLAND!’ state-wide call for projects resulted in the nomination of 16 IBA Candidate projects and the formulation of 3 IBA Areas of Expectation by the IBA’s Advisory Council. In addition, the IBA Thüringen identifies furthers areas of action and investigation, seeks partners for specific projects and also undertakes self-initiated projects. Ideas and proposals that are promising and unconventional are first nominated as IBA Candidates. As they progress and demonstrate their innovative potential, good design and feasibility, they are put forward for realisation as IBA Projects.
IBA Projects are about promoting high standards. They should be radical in their approach, forward-looking, especially with respect to the themes and aims of the IBA, creative in the implementation and of an excellent design standard. They should be regional in their focus but global in their outlook. They should be willing to depart from the beaten path and act as beacons of good planning and building both in terms of their process and end product. The IBA Projects are intended as model examples of transformation in the realms of town and country. Through their approach and quality of design they should have the potential to act as an ‘open source’ of inspiration for other similar projects, locally as well as internationally.