2010 – 2020
IBA Basel

Growing Together Across Borders

True to its vision of “Au-delà des frontières, ensemble - Growing together across borders”, IBA Basel focuses on the border location in a highly fragmented urban region. In a ten year process ending in 2020, IBA Basel aims to promote strong regional networks in the border triangle. IBA Basel is the first international building exhibition to cross national borders, taking place simultaneously in Germany, France and Switzerland. 

Today, 32 IBA projects already showcase visions for a common future of the three countries. The IBA strives to bring together private and public sector stakeholders in a core urban area, and establish binding project partnerships across national, cantonal and municipal borders. 
As a result, the top priority for the projects and processes of IBA Basel is that they offer benefits beyond the immediate project location for the entire region. Via a multi-phase qualification and selection process, IBA Basel supports projects by public and private stakeholders to help them earn the IBA label. It also supports project development with studies, events for specialists and competitions, as well as offering support with communication or sourcing funding. IBA Basel also combines individual projects to thematically related IBA project groups, pooling forces across borders and promoting new ideas. That adds quality to every project, helping strengthen the entire region in the long term.

IBA Basel’s activities are based on the conditions and needs of the region. They include landscape zones, urban zones as well as living together in the urban area spanning three national borders. One goal is to promote a sense of belonging to the joint metropolitan region of Basel among the population. Moreover, the cross-border culture of cooperation is to be improved and the international halo effect of the entire IBA environment is to be strengthened. 

IBA Basel is funded by public-sector partners from all three countries with financial support from the European Union. Since 2014, Monica Linder-Guarnaccia has held the position of Managing Director of IBA Basel.


The Franco-Swiss Rhine bank path from St. Johann Basel to Huningue was the first IBA project to earn the IBA Label, 2016 © IBA Basel / Daniel Spehr
The IBA landscape with the 32 projects of IBA Basel, 2016 © IBA Basel / SUPERO
Building site for IBA Project Tram 3. From 2017 on, the tram will serve the Saint-Louis railway station in France, 2016 © IBA Basel / Daniel Spehr
Visualisation of the project 3LAND © VISUALISIERUNG: LIN