Summer School - Cultural Landscapes & Urban Resilience, Weimar, Germany

Publish Date: May 09, 2015

Deadline: May 10, 2015

Event Dates: from Aug 16, 2015 12:00 to Aug 28, 2015 12:00

Urban Resilience relying to the robustness and preparedness of our built environment and society to its vulnerability is often hard to catch when it comes about its integration and realisation in the day to day realities. Disciplines related to spatial development are more and more asked to respond to these requirements to adapt to unexpected occurrences of natural hazards (earth quakes, floods) and to become reactive in the built space.

Next to the building related knowledge about vulnerability and preventive or adaptive measures among architects and engineers the process and acceptance of it is dependant from cultural values as well. The overarching topic of urban resilience therefore can be treated with a transcultural perspective, as a cultural landscape understood as an environment that is created by humans in relation to their natural surroundings with today’s expectations to construct resilient structures and communities. The process of change that forms the cultural landscapes for urban resilience requires an interdisciplinary approach that is taking into account diverse aspects for building schemes and planning processes.

Participants will learn about several aspects of urban resilience from an environmental and cultural perspective through different tools, scientific methods and analysis, including gis-techniques. The course will introduce more general approaches for integrated urban development and urban sustainability to the specific analysis of urban heat islands as well as the analysis of different construction typologies in relation to risks of earthquake damage. For case study we will refer to two different settlements forms: informal and formal, trying to weight in how far both forms can contribute to resilient settlement patterns and which additional measures should be taken into consideration.

The course will systematically approach an understanding of urban resilience that both connects man-made as well as natural conditions in the urban context, including scales from the urban to the building level.

· Setting parameters for urban resilience

· The complexity of Integrated Urban Development Concepts and the realities

· Analytical approaches to urban heat islands (neighbourhood level and larger)

· Assessment of Earthquake risks (building level)

· Societal ideals and the impact of urban green for the urban environment

· Drawing out a comparative study between informal and formal settlements

· Learn how affected areas can be connected to user-oriented systems

· Consequences from the case studies for integrative planning schemes

Next to planning in an interdisciplinary and transnational context, the workshop offers different options to learn about different approaches and urban typologies and to assess them in a broader perspective for finally being able to shape and design in different geographical and cultural systems.

The course language is English.

Please contact us if you would like personal consultation. We will be happy to help you.


Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Philippe Schmidt M.Sc.
Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
Institute for European Urban Studies (IfEU), Weimar

Dr.-Ing. Hassan ElMouelhi, M.Sc.
Technische Universität Berlin, Habitat Unit, Berlin

Dr. Conrad Philipp
University of South Australia, Adelaide
Zero Waste SA Research Centre for Sustainable Design and Behaviour (sd+b),
CRC for Low Carbon Living
Urban Micro Climates

Like in our summer school course of last year, several experts, lectures and practitioners from different institutions worldwide concerned with architecture and urban development will be part of the instructors team to work on a concrete case study. Several lectures will support the studio and analysis work with the necessary background information.

The co-lecturers will be announced soon.

Guest lecturers from partner universities

Target Group 

Students (Bachelor from 6th semester & Master) of disciplines related to spatial development like architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, urban and spatial planning, cultural-, social-, economic geography, development and others.

Previous knowledge

  • Interest to work in a holistic and interdisciplinary way on urban settlements and urban environment.
  • Basics in GIS are desirable (no condition) and/or CAD.
  • Good knowledge of English language.

Technical requirements

Please note

  • Some preparatory material (texts and a small task) will be sent out to participants 4 weeks before the course starts.


1. Registration

In order to register, please complete our registration form.


2. Documents

Please submit the following documents by 10 May 2015 as a pdf file via email.

  • Curriculum vitae (max. two pages)
  • Letter of motivation (Why did you choose this course? - max. 500 words)
  • Portfolio (Introduce at least 3 of your projects by using photos, drawings or words!)

Please note the following points:

  • Only one pdf file (max. 5 MB)
  • Email with subject »Application Cultural Landscapes«
  • Name of pdf file »Cultural_Landscapes_family name_first name«

3. Selection Process

All applicants will receive admission notification by e-mail by 22 May and will have to confirm participation within 3 days. If applicants fail to do this, places will be given to others on the waiting list.

A maximum of 20 applicants will be selected to participate in this course.

Course Fee

The course fee is 600 EURO.

450 EURO for students & alumni
250 EURO
for BUW students


The course fee includes:

  • Orientation Day
  • Programme according to description
  • Teaching materials
  • Bauhaus Summer School ID card
  • Internet access at the  Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
  • Free use of library
  • Accompanying programme (except excursions)
  • Free entrance to museums belonging to Klassik Stiftung Weimar

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