The sustainable development has been in the focus of multiple European and global agendas, academic research and teaching curriculum, but also urban practices for some time already. Nevertheless, the new global concerns related to health & safety but also new challenges that have direct impact on our lived environment, such as loss of biodiversity, resource scarcity, demographic changes, economic instability, as well as the increase in extreme climate events, are alarming for a collective commitment to upgrade approaches for future habitats.
We must rethink the values, policies and strategies and envision new concepts that enable our lived environment to be in coherence with the nature and our society to be inclusive, just, and productive. As designers, architects and planners, as well as researchers and educators we ought to be the drivers for co-creating a sustainable habitat for the future.
At TH-OWL, Detmold School for Architecture and Interior Architecture, we encourage our student to have a wider perspective on how the built-environment impacts our planet. From designing spaces with energy efficient materials to envisioning buildings with positive environmental impact, up to bringing social reforms in the society - each conceptual vision can be a powerful step towards a better future.
During the two-day Master workshop on the topic “SUSTAINABILITY in SCALES x VALUES” the students worked in interdisciplinary teams that include master students from MID (Master of Integrated Design – Computational Design and Facade Design), MIAD (Master of Integrated Architectural Design) and MIAR (Master Innenarchitektur-Raumkunst).
The students were taking part in a collective brainstorm session and reflecting on the strategies and practices related to sustainable development through a case study-based approach.
The workshop enabled the students to understand that it is extremely valuable to find sustainable development solutions that can meet the local and global needs of tomorrow.
The student-teams were asked to analyse the selected case studies focusing on human, building or urban scale and taking into consideration environmental, economic or social aspect of sustainability. Each team identified which SDGs were addressed in each case study
The student results were summarised in a poster and a video prepared by each student team. The posters included representation of their analysis process, illustrations showing (un-)sustainable aspects of the selected case and comparable or contrasting aspects from the planning, construction to the occupancy phase.
The students explained their ideas through diffrent medias, such as, conceptual diagrams, hand drawn sketches, vision collages or 3D illustrations. The goal was to examine their analytical and
communicational skills in a time bound assignment.
The student results were summarised in a poster and a video prepared by each student team. The videos are showing an overview of the topic as well as the conclusions the student teams came to.