3405138: Responsible property development

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Semester:WS 12/13
Scheduled in semester:3
Semester Hours per Week / Contact Hours:13.5 L / 10.0 h
Self-directed study time:35.0 h

Module coordination/Lecturers


Master's degree programme in Banking and Financial Management (01.10.2008)


The subject will introduce you to the worlds of real estate and property development, investment, finance, marketing and management: these drive most architectural design commissions and outcomes. You will begin to understand the real property interests and dynamics that determine design briefs and, together with public policy directions and planning objectives, set the stage for the design and planning profession to unfold and excel within. Familiarity with the conceptual frameworks, practical tools and language of the world of real estate is an important asset, since, when inadequately applied, development frameworks can constrain creativity and design quality - and lead to practices that can be regarded as socially, environmentally and economically unsustainable. The subject hence has a twin objective: to not only bestow an understanding of real estate, but to do so in a manner that is applied in a sustainable development framework. You will encounter the growing domain of responsible real estate that seeks to innovate and lower the ecological footprint of development, reduce energy risks and help stabilize the global climate.

Lecture Goals

The subject is to assist in developing both a sense of ethical responsibility and practical vision in achieving financially feasible and resilient projects that respond to the environmental, social and economic demands of today. And it is to help develop a working knowledge of sustainability action in real estate development, such as principles of corporate social responsibility and community investment; concepts of 'design dividends'; tools of gauging sustainability; incentives and other mechanisms for quality guidance and market innovation; climate change action and energy autonomy finance; and partnerships and other effective means of implementation. Ultimately, it is to motivate and inspire by providing models for practice, in projects, practice and people committed to building a survivable world of prosperity.

Learning Outcomes

The course will be presented as a public symposium of lectures, discussions and workshops. As required, some international case study presentations will accompany the symposium. Students will be engaged in directed real and virtual field visits, and individual and/or team study assignments. The subject will be explored in compressed packages: a) introduction and early engagement; b) fundamentals of property development; c) sustainable real estate development; d) workshops and labs; and e) case studies (short series of presentations).

Resources will include literature, guest lectures and other support. Evaluation will be in equal parts on participation, group efforts and individual progress.


Exam Modalities

  • Presentation (20%)
  • Obligatory class participation


12.10.201213:00 - 16:30S4
17.11.201209:00 - 16:30S4