summer school 2013 – 2015
Recently, the debate on the future and sustainability of cities has heated up globally. The debate addresses our usage of limited natural resources and the need to adapt to climate change. Although cities are the main cause of global CO2 emissions, they also have significant potential for shaping the necessary transformation processes and ensuring the sustainable development of human society. Every resident and every building can help individually. In addition, as interrelated elements of the urban resource and energy systems, they can interact in powerful, synergistic ways. By considering the interplay of free space, mobility and infrastructure, we can produce meaningful and innovative models for the sustainable city of the future. Our international summer school's aim to create new construction paradigms for future sustainable cities. We regard intercultural exchange as essential to the creative processes required to meet this goal.
Germany plays a technologically and scientifically important role in the field of sustainability. The Department of Architecture of the Technical University of Darmstadt has been intensively involved with this topic for years. Representative projects include the EnEff-Stadt research project “UrbanReNet”, the active houses for the U.S. Solar Decathlon 2007 and 2009, as well as the “Effizienzhaus Plus im Altbau” (Efficiency House Plus in old buildings) in Neu-Ulm. The collaboration with the Department of Building Climatology and Building Technology within the School of Architecture at the Technical University of Munich enhances our technological and design expertise which help us to invent new approaches towards sustainable urban development.