Designing the seven Gate areas

for the World Reformation Exhibition "Gates of Freedom"

A tower shaped like a book at the train station, a garden full of paths, a lake with stranded ships, and a cloud full of prayers and wishes: suggestions for the topic areas for the World Reformation Exhibition in the Luther City of Wittenberg have been submitted and selected. A jury made up of architects, artists, and representatives of the church and the community have awarded eight top prizes to pieces of work submitted by students from 21 secondary schools, colleges and universities.

The winners come from the Bauhaus University of Weimar, the Design department of the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf, the Design department of the University of Applied Sciences Mainz, Salzburg Technical College, the University of Vienna, the Technical University of Cottbus-Senftenberg, the Technical College of Stuttgart, and the Berlin University of the Arts. In the "Culture" category, first prize was awarded to eight winners: Eight prize winners are being looked for.

The Seven Gates areas are intended to shape the image of the World Reformation Exhibition in 2017, the anniversary of the Reformation in the Luther City of Wittenberg: "Gates of Freedom" Here, churches, groups, and civic organisations will present themselves with current topics that might represent reform and reformation in the 21st century. The students' ideas for individual Gate areas and pictures of the presentations. Students from The University of Applied Sciences of Düsseldorf used lots of images to explain how they designed a model for the Gate area of spirituality after seeing the Bunkerberg bunker in Wittenberg, and how the idea came about. This Gate area design is also intended to remain permanently in Wittenberg even after the "Gates of Freedom" World Reformation Exhibition. From idea to model: students from Düsseldorf document their path.

The local 'aktuell' radio programme for South-West Radio in the Rhineland-Palatinate area will dedicate a section to reporting on the "Gates of Freedom" student competition. The students of Mainz High School, supervised by Prof. Antje Krauter, were able to implement their idea in the Youth area with their draft "It's happening in your area - hidden diversity" and are overjoyed about their award.