Cultural Landscapes & Urban Resilience

Discover the various aspects of 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 dependant from 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 on 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 in order 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 glace

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 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.

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.

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 15.06.21 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

Alternatively, you can send the application form with your documents as one PDF by email to

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 700 EURO.

500 EURO for students & alumni
300 EURO for BUW students

The course fee includes:

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

You can also join the course online if you are unable to travel to Weimar.

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

The course took place in 2021.

Information on the 2023 programme will follow shortly.