Because Leipzig has such a wealth of history, there are very high expectations about the way the its fine architectural traditions should be upheld, both now and in the future. The responsibility for this lies with contractors and architects, with the building trade, and with the City in its role as a representative of the public interest.
Together, all four entities define the process that shapes Leipzig's architecture, not just where the details of individual buildings are concerned, but for the building culture of the city as a whole.
Alongside urban planning and the careful regard that must be given to the existing historical architecture, it is especially important to ensure that high standards of quality are expected and promoted in the design of new buildings and in building within a programme of sustainable urban redevelopment.
The Leipzig Architecture Award is establishing itself as a very positive tradition and helping to generate discussion about the city's architecture.