summaery2022: Projects

Lightweight Highrise Buildings - vertical urban neighborhoods for the future

Project information

submitted by
Katharina Elert

Philipp Bieronski, Marc Bisselik, Arne Domicke, Victoria Egorenkova, Lara Engelke, Robin Fechtel, Julien Leboucher, Paul Malsch, Marco Marcelli, Eda Özaltay, Julian Pracht, Niklas Schäfer, Anna-Lena Sehm, Jonah Stougard, Javier Valenzuela Sanchez, Demian Waidele, Raphael Witte

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Ruth, Dr.-Ing. Katrin Linne, Katharina Elert M.Sc.

Architecture and Urbanism,
Civil Engineering

Degree programme:
Architecture (Master of Science (M.Sc.)),
Civil Engineering (Master of Science (M.Sc.))

Type of project presentation

Summer semester 2022

Exhibition Location / Event Location
  • Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 8 - Hauptgebäude / Main Building
    (Flur im EG )

Project description

The rapidly increasing density in urban areas and the associated high consumption of building land as a resource make it inevitable to think about ways out. Blocks of flats and high-rise buildings in the architectural style of past decades are certainly not an adequate answer to the climate problem. In contrast to regional construction methods, which were optimally adapted to the surrounding conditions over very long periods of time, the architecture of high-density metropolises is designed independently of climate, building traditions and regional materials and has lost its connection to the location. The result are buildings that are incapable of taking advantage of climatic conditions and compensate for this with elaborate and energy-intensive building technology.
In addition to thinking further about local architectural language, it is also essential to think about minimizing the ecological footprint, and building 'upwards' will remain important. This automatically brings efficient and resource-saving construction methods into focus. Recyclable building materials such as wood, clay, straw, reused materials and hybrid combinations with traditional materials such as steel and concrete to achieve an overall high load-bearing capacity play an important role.

The resulting designs can be found as individual projects in the Summaery portal.

Email: katharina.elert[at]