Die Nachwachsende Stadt 

Project Integrated Seminar
SoSe 18

Architects and planners are increasingly confronted with new challenges: Fossil energy resources as well as non-renewable materials are on the decline, the effects of climate change and pollution threaten our living conditions and environment and lead to migratory movements and conflicts worldwide. Global urbanization and construction processes are among the largest greenhouse gas producers. At the same time, our increasingly urbanized societies offer a chance for a radical rethinking of these processes. Only if we succeed in making the global urban transformation sustainable and socially inclusive, we can secure our planetary survival.

ThHabitat Unit and offers an introductory overview on four topics on transformations towards sustainability - Urban Systems (May 17, 2018), Climate Adaptation (May 24, 2018), Green Economies (May 31, 2018) and Governing Transformation (June 7, 2018).

The events will be hosted at the Floating University: Lilienthalstraße, 10965 Berlin-Kreuzberg.

24.5 / Climate Adaption

18:00 - 21:00 / Floating University

Up until the turn of the 19th century societies built with techniques and resources that could be found locally, in styles that were suited to the local climate. Since then the increasing availability of concrete, steel, plastics and other fossil resource intensive building materials and technologies, has allowed designers to construct buildings no longer constrained by local climatic factors. In a post fossil society, designers will be required to critically consider how to design in harmony with local climatic constraints and eco-systems. What factors need to be considered to enable the development of a post-fossil climate-adaptive architecture?

I. Katherine Ball - Everydayinfrastructure

II. Marco Schmidt - Urban Climates

III. Marcela López - Contested Urban Waterscapes

31.5 / Green Economies

18:00 - 21:00 / Floating University

The construction industry is a huge contributor to the global economy. The traditional linear economic model (make - use - dispose) is incompatible with the reality of our environment’s current situation of resource scarcity and climate change are issues that must be confronted on both a global and a local scale. Alternative circular economies focus on the life-cycle of materials and their inherent value over the course of multiple usage cycles rather than just the initial construction costs. New business models are emerging to support such circular economies and tomorrows designers will need to be able to consider their decisions in terms of their life-time economic, ecological and social impact. What role do designers have to play in these newly emerging green economies? What kind of architectures can emerge from the consideration of circular economies?

I. Jörg Finkbeiner - cradle to cradle

II. Julia Brennauer / Phil von Lueder / Svenja Binz - TBC

III. Alice Grindhammer  - CRCLR

Constructive Design and Climate Adaptive Architecture
Technische Universität Berlin
Institut für Architektur, Sek. A44
Straße des 17. Juni 152
10623 Berlin