»Cultural Landscapes & Urban Resilience«

Learn man-made and natural factors' influence on the built environment and develop responsive planning schemes for more resilient cities.


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 diverse aspects for building schemes and planning processes into account.

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. For case study, we will refer to two different settlement forms: informal and formal, trying to weigh 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)
  • 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. 

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.
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ)

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 the following documents by 1 May 2020 as a pdf file via email.

  • 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

Please note the following points:

  • Only one pdf file (max. 5 MB)
  • Email with subject »Application [COURSE TITLE]«
  • Name of PDF file »[COURSE TITLE]_family name_first Name«

3. Selection Process

All applicants will receive admission notification by 1 June 2020 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.

With regard to the ongoing spread of the coronavirus in Europe and worldwide, the difficult but necessary decision was made to cancel this year's Bauhaus Summer School. Please find more information on our COVID-19 page.

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