4507923: Regenerative Environments

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Semester:SS 18
Plansemester:1 - 4
Lektionen / Semester:16.0 L / 12.0 h
Selbststudium:48.0 h



Masterstudium Architektur (01.09.2014)



This module offers an overview of the interplay and dependencies of settlement, resource use, resilience, sufficiency, climate change and architecture, urban design and the formation of man-made landscapes. Additionally, it demonstrates the potential of an integrated approach to design sustainable, regenerative environments. Investigating and assessing recently designed and realized projects (considering topics as habitation, commercial, mixed-use, infrastructure, mobility, renewable energy production and supply, agriculture, forestry, biodiversity, carbon sequestration, water resource management, etc.), students will understand to what extent their future practice as architects and urban designers can contribute to more sustainable and regenerative environments.


Professional competence

  • Grasp essential parameters shaping sustainable, regenerative environments and translate this knowledge into own work
  • Show confidence in analysing case studies and the ability to infer principles and motivations
  • Explain competently, discuss and critique own work through oral presentations, writing or visual communication
  • Develop a holistic approach on urban planning and design
Identify basic principles of various spatially significant fields
  • Evaluate regenerative potentials of urban design projects
  • Distinguish the limits and potentials of own role in urban development
  • Apply regenerative design strategies on urban territories

Methodological competence
  • Identify key elements of problems and choose appropriate methods for their resolution in a considered manner
  • Apply regenerative design strategies in complex organisational and community settings
  • Create formal presentations to informed audiences

Social competence
  • Discuss and articulate ideas and information fluently
  • Demonstrate the ability to work with other students for assignments, exercises, experiments, ¿presentations etc
  • Explain competently, discuss and critique own work through oral presentations, writing or visual communication

Personal competence
  • Assess own work and put it into a historical, theoretical, cultural and social context



Lecture and seminar: case studies, discourse, writing


A detailed list of the required readings will be provided as pdf files at least one week prior to the first session. Basic books:
Calthorpe, P. (2011). Urbanism in the age of climate change. Washington (DC): Island Press.
Condon, P. M. (2010). Seven rules for sustainable communities : design strategies for the post-carbon world. Washington (DC): Island Press.
Girardet, H. (2010). Regenerative cities. Hamburg: World Future Council.
Girardet, H. (2014). Creating regenerative cities. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
Hodson, M.; Marvin, S. (2010) World cities and climate change: Producing urban ecological security. Maidenhead: Open University Press, 2010.
Holling, C. S. (1986). The Resilience of Terrestrial Ecosystems: Local Surprise and Global Change. In: Clark, W. C.; Munn, R. E. (1986). Sustainable Development of the Biosphere. Cambridge University Press, p. 292-320.
Lyle, J. T. (1994). Regenerative design for sustainable development. New York: John Wiley.


Portfolio, exercises, minimum 75% mandatory presence


  • PAR MA 14_Regenerative Environments (SS 18, in Planung)