Politics + Education

Lecture by Wolfgang Frey at the Tongji University


At Shanghai’s Tongji University, Wolfgang Frey gave a lecture before an audience of international students on sustainable architecture and the Smart Green Tower. Tongji University is known throughout the world and is one of the main research centers of the PRC.

The German-Chinese exchange has great significance for the Tongji University. In 1998, the Chinese-German College for Postgraduate Studies (CDHK) was founded. It is a joint project with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).


Political Dialog with Franz Untersteller (Alliance ‘90/The Greens)


On 19.11.2014, Wolfgang Frey met Franz Untersteller (Alliance ‘90/The Greens), Representative in the Assembly and State Minister for Environment, Climate and Energy Commerce in Stuttgart. The political dialog focused on introducing the innovative energy concept of the Smart Green Tower and the Freiburg model as Green City.


Personal Meeting with Sultan bin Mohammed al-Qassimi III.


Wolfgang Frey had the great privilege of personally meeting Sultan bin Mohamed al-Qassimi III at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Sultan bin Mohammed al-Qassimi took out the time while releasing the book “Green City Freiburg” to speak with Wolfgang Frey about sustainable construction and environmentally friendly use of resources.

Sultan bin Mohammed al-Qassimi visited the 2014 Frankfurt Book Fair as he did in previous years. This time, he released the fourth edition of his autobiography Culture, Education and Change – 1987 to 2004“. He talked about his memoirs to the people during a signing.


Political Dialog with Qiu Baoxing


Wolfgang Frey and Qiu Baoxing, Vice Construction Minister of China until September 2014 and now the President of the Chinese Society for Urban Studies, met on 9/23/2014 at technical discussion during the ninth “Conference on Urban Development and Planning” in Tianjin, Beijing.

Both the experts agreed that the aim of sustainable urban space development should be to design such living spaces that respect the traditional living habits of the people and enable social interaction. Complete focus on innovative technologies, however, will not offer any perspective in meeting with the challenges of future urban development.


Political Dialog with Gernot Erler (SPD)


Gernot Erler (SPD, Member of the German Bundestag since 1987) and Wolfgang Frey met on 14.07.2014 during a talk on social responsibility in the construction and real estate industry. Since these social issues concern every country, Wolfgang Frey was honored to benefit from the Expertise of Gernot Erler, who has been the coordinator of inter-society collaboration with Russia, Central Asia and countries under the eastern partnership of the German federal government since January 2014.


Of the possibility and impossibility of sustainable building in China


At breakneck speed, China has become one of the leading economic powers in the world. Not without cost. Massive environmental problems in many cities in the Middle Kingdom are only one of a number of challenges confronting the state. A change of mentality seems imperative. But what role can the architecture play? What can you do and where do sustainability concepts hit their limits? And how far apart are claims and reality? Wolfgang Frey would like to pose these questions and report on his own personal experiences. The Freiburg architect has dedicated himself to sustainable planning and building and has also been involved for some years in a wide range of construction activities in China.


Professional delegation from the French elite university “Mines Paris Tech”


As part of a two-day excursion, the Innovation Academy organized a visit to Freiburg with Frey Architekten to visit local development projects and understand the green technology behind them. The group consists of 29 students and 3 teachers from the French elite university Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris (in short: Mines ParisTech).

The Mines Paris Tech was founded as far back as 1783 on the orders of Louis XVI. It is one of the founding members of the Institute for Science and Technology (Paris Tech), a group of eleven different technical universities.