Civil engineers play the leading role in the exhibition Visionäre und Alltagshelden. Ingenieure – Bauen – Zukunft (Visionaries and Everyday Heroes. Engineers – Construction – Future). As inventors, designers, entrepreneurs and doers, they ensure that society’s basic needs are met.
The exhibition aimed to explore the profession of structural engineers and the construction sector as a key industry in economic, social and societal terms. At the same time, it portrayed the fascinating and diverse range of services offered by engineers and hence by the construction industry in all facets: captivating, comprehensive, innovative and solution-oriented. Looking back on history and focussing on current projects, it presented renowned engineers, their networks and innovations as well as outstanding buildings against the background of the respective social, economic and political influences.
The Oskar von Miller Forum developed the exhibition in cooperation with the M:AI – Museum für Architektur und Ingenieurkunst NRW. The exhibition was featured at stadtbauraum Gelsenkirchen from 17 May to 1 July 2018 and then returned to Munich to the Technical University, where it was shown from 6 July to 31 August 2018 to commemorate the university’s 150th anniversary.
A book accompanying the exhibition was published by DETAIL Verlag.
Thomas Schmid, chief executive of the Bavarian Construction Industry Association (Bayerischer Bauindustrieverband) and Dipl.-Ing. Univ. Michael Kordon, 1st vice president of the Bavarian Chamber of Civil Engineers (Bayerische Ingenieurekammer-Bau) gave welcoming speeches at the opening of the exhibition on 9 November 2017.
Dr.-Ing. Hans-Joachim Wolff, former chief executive of Dyckerhoff und Widmann AG, a member of the expert committee who played a key role in shaping the exhibition, underlined the importance of presenting the work of civil engineers and its social impact to a large audience.
Peter Köddermann, curator of the M:AI – Museum für Architektur und Ingenieurkunst NRW, gave an introduction to the exhibition. Then the renowned researcher and civil engineer Bill Addis from the University of Cambridge gave a keynote address about structural engineering yesterday and today.