The Concept of “Opencast Mine Explorations for the Senses”

From the beginning of the IBA, the transitional landscapes played a special role within the framework of the IBA process. One, the pits with their desert-like appeal resulting from mining, can be explored for only a limited period, that is, until flooding begins to eventually transform them into lakes. Two, the almost unimaginable experience of walking the bottom of a future lake was intended as a form of participation in the history and future of this changing landscape. For the IBA Lausitz, the goal was to make exhausted brown coal mines accessible for the first time through guided tours, thus allowing people to explore sections of a landscape that had been off limits for decades.

In 2001 IBA commissioned the “Institut für Raumwahrnehmung und -entwicklung” with Karsten Feucht and Rainer Düvell to develop a concept for opencast mine explorations for the senses in this transitory landscape. Guided walks into opencast mines had already been successfully undertaken in this part of Germany.

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Tours into the Landscape of Opencast Mines

The Opencast Mine Explorations for the Senses were regularly conducted for five years and the public was very responsive. Often more than 100 visitors participated in a single hike, and this, in turn, had many effects on the IBA process. read more

Tours into the Lake Land

Under the slogan “From desert to water,” the emerging Lusatian Lake Land can be best explored by bicycle, raft or mini van. read more

Tours to Industrial Sites

“Touring the ENERGY Route” – production sites that once were off-limits for visitors are today regarded as tourist attractions. read more

Tours to the Border Landscapes

Bus tours to the German-Polish border landscapes took visitors “From Pückler’s Park to the Geo Park.” read more

Tours of Cultural Landscapes

“About old and new cultural sites” – a bus tour through cultural landscapes affected by mining. read more