SoSe13 - Summerschool

summer school 2013

active buildings – active cities

Sommersemester 2013


The workshop „active buildings – active cities“ is intended to be the first activity of a three-year workshop series, combining new and sustainable approaches in urban and building design. For that matter the inclusion of urban energy potentials is brought up and possible interdependencies should be detected. The topic of the workshop 2013 is proposed to be considered and discussed in global dimensions developing climate-zone-comprehensive concepts.

International exchange is essential to support creative processes which enable new points of view and boosts development.

Therefor over 60 students from around the world were invited to join and collaborate in this years summer school. The participants from Egypt, USA, Mexico and Germany were instructed by reputated experts, obtaining theoretic basics, which could be implemented in the design task located in Frankfurt am Main.

Following the leading issue two different design tasks were assigned, which treat the location both in urban planning as well as in building respects:

In the former university district of Frankfurt, Campus Bockenheim, a sustainable innercity quarter shall evolve from the existing university structures, which will move to the new Campus Westend. Further on in different offered areas new sustainable building designs had to be developed. Beside considering the issues of the surrounding the integration of needed building-technologies and energy supplies had to be developed. Combining as well active energy production and passive gainings.

In international mixed groups half of the teams were following the question of a trendsetting, sustainable urban structure for that location, while five building oriented teams were developing architecutal solutions in the surrounding arrangements.

Additionally to the professional challenges, the teamwork offered the chance for an intense intercultural exchange. For example during short presentations about the attending universities, showing their hometown and cultural habits, this exchange was supported actively.