4307923: Regenerative Environments

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Semester:SS 17
Scheduled in semester:1 - 4
Semester Hours per Week / Contact Hours:16.0 L / 12.0 h
Self-directed study time:48.0 h

Module coordination/Lecturers


Master's degree programme in Architecture (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.

Learning Outcomes

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


Lectures Method

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.

Exam Modalities

Portfolio, exercises, minimum 75% mandatory presence


  • PAR MA 14_Regenerative Environments (SS 17, in Planung)