3502607: The Renewable City 2

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Semester:SS 13
Type:Lecture / Exercise
Scheduled in semester:2
Semester Hours per Week / Contact Hours:24.0 L / 18.0 h
Self-directed study time:27.0 h

Module coordination/Lecturers


Master's degree programme in Architecture (01.09.2008)


If you hope to understand cities, buildings and their evolution you must examines the resources and technologies involved in driving change. The 20th century was marked by a global fossil fuel combustion wave, bringing human and urban civilization to the brink of disaster: the Faustian dilemma of our time. Petroleum powers almost all of mechanised transport alone ¿ and while demand skyrockets, production capacity is in peaking mode, and, worse yet, has emerged as the major source of human caused greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore we will look at the role of energy in recent urban history, urban climate risks and responses, the logic of the renewable energy evolution and a set of tools and techniques of lowering global and local dependence on unsustainable resource use through approaches to urban and architectural design based solely on sun, wind, water and other forms of renewable power.

Lecture Goals

The subject is to help gain a critical grasp of urban form and performance, link the institutional, technological and design dimensions of climate change action and empower future architects and others in engaging both basic and complex design tasks at building and city scale. This is to respond to current needs in transcending traditional boundaries of building design, embracing design program, client interaction and community change from a renewable energy integration and sustainable resource management perspective.

Learning Outcomes

This hands-on course consist of lectures and presentations, in-class discussions and challenges, assignments, discussions and presentations. Investigative, analytic and interactive projects will supplement these. The class will be supported by several key books to assist in skills development and comprehension. Evaluation will be based equally on individual class participation, weekly exercises and group learning opportunities.

Lectures Method

Lecture, seminar.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for the Master of Science in Architecture Degree-Program


Droege, P. 2006. The Renewable City. Wiley
Droege, P. 2008. Urban Energy Transition. Elsevier
Droege, P. 2009. 100% Renewable - energy autonomy in action. Earthscan


The course has to be passed with a sufficient grade (minimum grade of 4.0).
The module grade will be determined from the weighted average of the single course grades:

Urban Quality 2 33%
Resp. Property Development 2 33%
The Renewable City 2 33%


18.02.201312:30 - 15:00S9
11.03.201312:30 - 15:00S9
22.04.201312:30 - 15:00S9
29.04.201314:00 - 17:45S9
06.05.201314:00 - 17:45S9
10.06.201314:00 - 18:00S8


  • PAR_MA The Renewable City 2 (SS 13, bewertet)