Cultural Landscapes & Urban Resilience

Discover the various aspects of the built environment and learn how to develop more resilient cities!

In this two-week intensive course, you will get a deep insight into the influence of human-made and natural factors on the built environment and develop responsive planning schemes for more resilient cities. You will learn about various aspects of urban resilience from an environmental as well as a cultural perspective, using different tools, scientific methods, and analysis, including GIS techniques.

How to encounter natural hazards with reactive urban spaces

Faced with the robustness and readiness of our built environment and the challenges for society to cope with the vulnerability of these circumstances, urban resilience is often difficult to assess when it comes to its integration and implementation in everyday reality. In order to take unexpected occurrences of natural hazards – such as earthquakes, floods or droughts – into account and to become reactive in the built space, disciplines related to spatial development are increasingly important.

Acquire an interdisciplinary and transcultural perspective for an integrated urban design approach

Next to the building-related knowledge about vulnerability and preventive or adaptive measures, the process and acceptance of these measures are depending on cultural values. In this course, the overarching topic of urban resilience will therefore be treated with a transcultural perspective. Furthermore, the process of change that forms the cultural landscapes for urban resilience requires an interdisciplinary approach that takes diverse aspects for building schemes and planning processes into account. In this course, you will learn how to develop such an integrated urban design approach.

From basic knowledge to specific case studies

The course includes lectures on more general approaches to integrated urban development and urban sustainability but also takes a closer look at urban resilience in the context of climate-sensitive planning by analysing urban heat islands and different building typologies and urban patterns. Part of the programme is GIS training and application to map such heat islands of informal and formal housing areas, using a practical, illustrative case study. Based on these findings, you will get the chance to create practical design solutions that respond to urban heat in the physical, cultural, and social context.

The course content at a glance

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)
  • Societal ideals and the impact of urban green on 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 study 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.

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

Previous knowledge:

  • Interest to work in a holistic and interdisciplinary way on urban settlements and the 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.

Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Philippe Schmidt M.Sc.
(Head of Workshop & Workshop Organiser)
Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
bauhaus.ifex: Integrated Urban Development and Design (IUDD), Weimar

Dr. Conrad Philipp
Singapore ETH Zurich Centre (SEC), Singapore
Senior Reseracher and Project Coordinator
The Cooling Singapore Initiative

Eng. Mohamed Abdel Aziz, M.Sc.
Contract teacher, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar; GIS and Urban Planning Expert

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

1. Online Registration

In order to register, please complete our registration form.

2. Documents

Please submit until 01 May 2023 the following documents:.

  • Curriculum vitae (max. two pages)
  • English language certificate: at least level B1 or comparable
  • Letter of motivation: Why did you choose this course? - max. 500 words
  • Portfolio: Present at least 3 of your projects using photos, drawings or words
  • Letter of Nomination*: only if you are applying within the framework of the Erasmus BIP.


3. Selection Process

All applicants will receive notification about the outcome of the selection process as soon as possible via e-mail. In case of a positive answer you will receive the invoice simultaneously which you will have to pay within 10 days. If applicants fail to do this, places will be given to others on the waiting list.

If you need a VISA, we recommend you to get informed now about the requirements and to make an appointment with the German embassy in your home country.

A maximum of 25 applicants will be selected to participate in this course.

The course fee is 890 EURO.

690 EURO for students & alumni
350 EURO for BUW students

The course fee includes:

  • Orientation & Support
  • Programme according to description
  • Teaching materials
  • Bauhaus Summer School ID card
  • Daily Lunch at the University Cafeteria (Monday - Friday) 
  • Certificate
  • Internet access at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
  • Free use of library
  • Accompanying programme including excursions
  • Free entrance to museums belonging to Klassik Stiftung Weimar

Please note our terms and conditions (admission conditions, cancellation conditions etc.)

The course fee does not include:

  • Travel costs
  • Accommodation
  • Insurance

"Blended Intensive Programmes" is a new funding line of the ERASMUS program generation (2021-2027). Through this, the use of innovative learning and teaching methods and the possibilities of online cooperation shall be promoted. 

If your university is a partner university of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar in the Erasmus network, the travel and accommodation costs ("lump sum") of the participants for this Summer School course can be covered by the International Office of the home university after the admission. The course costs (except for the accompanying programme and board) are financed by the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar.

Please contact us for more information.

In addition to the specialised course, you can also attend one of the three Cultural Studies modules. The modules take place on three afternoons and you can receive 2 additional ECTS to your specialised course.  Further information can be found here

Topics of the modules taught in English:

  • German Bauhaus
  • Germany's Position in International Geopolitics
  • Germany and Fashion

Price: 190 € (per module)

After successful completion of the language course, you will receive a certificate of participation issued by the Bauhaus Summer School. I

Participants earn 3 credit points (ECTS) after completion of the two-week course. In order to receive credit points, t is necessary to attend at least 80% of the course lessons and to fulfil the required tasks. It is possible to receive 2 extra credit points (ECTS) for the course if you book an additional module.

Prior to your participation, it is essential that you clarify whether your home university will recognise the foreign credits you intend to earn.

If you would like to receive a grade, you must discuss this with the teacher at the beginning of the course! The fulfilment of additional tasks may be necessary.

Blended Course

Online meetings: t.b.a.

In Weimar



This course is carried out as an Erasmus Blended Intensive programme.


The course language is English.