TU Darmstadt team by the award ceremony in Singapore
TU Darmstadt team by the award ceremony in Singapore


Students of architecture won the „Urban Design Excellence Award“ in international design competition

Students of the Faculty of Architecture, supported by the Mundus Urbano students, are the winners of international competition „Designing Resilience in Asia“, organised by the National University of Singapore (NUS). The „Urban Design Excellence Award“ was presented last weekend in Singapore.

Resilience refers to the ability of an urban systems to respond to natural disasters and to cope with their consequences. In the focus of this year's competition task was the Valenzuela City in the metropolitan Manila, Philippines, which is plagued by typhoons several times a year due to climate change. In addition to storm and heavy rain, Valenzuela faces the challenge of almost permanent flooding that affects life in the city. The students were expected to develop prompt and innovative urban, architectural and building technological measures enabling the residents to deal with the new climatic challenges.

Of the ten participating universities from Asia, Australia, US and Europe a total of 19 projects were submitted and presented to the jury in Singapore. The Faculty of Architecture was represented by two design proposals. The „Urban Design Excellence“ and the prize of 4,000 SGD was awarded to the project „S.A.F.E. Waterscape“ by the students Lara Giacometti, Felix Graf, Fabian Gräfe, Tyagita Hidayat, Boshra Khoshnevis, Min Kim, Rui Nong, Leonie Lube, Jonathan Mwanza, Ni Made Wenes Widiyani and Khatun E. Zannat.

Apart from the actual planning area in Valenzuela, the winning design considered the entire river and waterflow system of Manila, which is mainly responsible for the floods. The rivers of Metro Manila get loaded by enormous amounts of water during the rainy seasons, which can not be efficiently drained due to heavy contamination, erosion and illegal construction. The concept of “S.A.F.E. Waterscape” is based on establishment of a linear park along the riverfront. Besides the use as an open green space, introduction of this park also addressed various social and cultural aspects, as well as the necessity to renature the rivers in order to support the natural ecosystem. In addition, the park offers great compensation areas and polder zones, and thus not only increases the capacity of the existing 'La Mesa' dam, but also creates a second reservoir to respond to the increased heavy rain events. A relief channel in the city itself leads the water from the linear parks in a controlled manner towards the sea, thus protecting the urban environment.

The project was coordinated by Prof. Dr. Annette Rudolph Cleff, Dipl.-Ing. Simon Gehrmann, Dr. Nebojša Čamprag and MSc Lucia Wright-Contreras. Guest critics Peter Mewis (FB13) and Klaus Meier (FB15) offered necessary external support.


Stegreif in Kooperation mit KIT (1 cp)

Sommerstegreif „Weinausschank“ – in Kooperation mit KIT!
- Vorstellung der Aufgabe und Ausgabe Donnerstag, 30.06.2016 15:00 Uhr FG est
- Abgabe und Schlusskritik gemeinsam mit KIT Mitte Oktober, zur Zeit der Weinernte, mit Preisverleihung und gemeinsamer Weinprobe in Gross-Umstadt!


Mr Dan Lewis from UN-Habitat delivers his lecture in DAM, in the farmes of TOTB lecture series
Mr Dan Lewis from UN-Habitat delivers his lecture in DAM, in the farmes of TOTB lecture series


Review on the lecture series

On Wednesday, 22nd June 2016, lecture series in German Architecture Museum DAM were closed by the lecture given by Prof. Carmen Mendoza from UIC Barcelona. Since the official opening of this manifestation on innovative approaches to current urban challenges, the intention was to promote thinking outside the box in different ways and through different media. During the past four weeks, diverse socio-economic issues, uncertainties of climate change and above all unpredictable impacts of urbanization were all in the focus of this exhibition and lecture series.

During the first session, emeritus professor Alan Mabin from Wits University of South Africa dealt with the rising issues of affordable housing in 21st century city. In the present climate of migrations, popular disenchantment with political elites and economic difficulties, affordable and decent housing remains a growing challenge. This lecture offered a broader perspective on the concept of affordable, reminding us that affordable housing also requires maintenance and renewal. Neglect of these vital issues can lead to immense problems in public housing projects and other schemes, as it already happened over the past generations.

The second guest, Mr Dan Lewis from Urban Risk Reduction Unit of the UN-Habitat, presented the necessity to find common ground, common purpose, and common action. His lecture highlighted the efforts to integrate disaster risk management into the already complex urban development agenda, challenged by missing functional links between the still very separate sectors of academia, commerce, and aid. In addition to that, also our approach to the concepts of risk and disaster need to evolve and adopt a broader perspective.

Last Wednesday, Prof. Marie Aquilino from the Ecole Spéciale de l’Architecture, Paris, put an emphasis on diverse interpretations, understandings and challenges of urban mobility. We learned from the specific case of Canaan, the youngest suburb of the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, which became home to more than 40,000 families after the devastating 2010 Haiti earthquake. Prof. Aquilino was of the opinion that such arrival cities hold the promise of change and creativity, as much as they do the dangers of resentment and exclusion. Through this particular case, everything about the way we live in cities today was questioned.

Finally, the closing lecture by Prof. Carmen Mendoza Arroyo from the School of Architecture of the Universitat International de Catalunya in Barcelona focused on urban upgrading through socio-spatial interventions on the example of squatter settlements in Latin America. The potential of the vital place-making through social actions is unfortunately rarely acknowledged by professionals, although spontaneous civic sites – usually open spaces or streets – can be essential to a successful and inclusive outcome. Prof. Mendoza demonstrated how these spontaneous civic sites can be essential to a successful and inclusive outcome, when identified and incorporated to an urban regeneration process.

Mundus Urbano consortium is grateful to all the students involved in the preparation of the exhibition, interviewees and visiting lecturers, Vereinigung von Freunden der TU Darmstadt for their support, Ms Britta Eiermann for setting the exhibition, and Prof. Dr. Annette Rudolph-Cleff for her conceptual idea and management of the project.


Exhibition and lecture series „Thinking Outside the Box – Innovative Approaches to Current Urban Challenges“ in German Architecture Museum DAM, from 21.05 until 26.06.2016.

The complexity of urban systems and the uncertainty of the impact of urbanization and climate change ask for new ways of thinking about planning objectives and solidarity in action. “Thinking Outside the Box” is more than an exhibition; it is also a reflection of urban reality we are facing today. The extraordinary challenges our global cities currently face was the starting point for developing new ways of thinking about planning objectives and solidarity in action. These challenges are mostly connected to the fact that more than half of the world’s population is for the first time in human history already living in cities. In addition, the global urban population is predicted to double in the coming decades, while urban built-up areas are expected to triple. Unfortunately, these scenarios are mostly affecting developing countries, which not only face the largest growth challenges, but are often confronted with shortcomings in capacity and resource gaps when dealing the the associated problems.

Exhibition and lecture series „Thinking Outside the Box“ on innovative approaches to current urban challenges has officially been opened in DAM on Friday, 20th May. Shortly before the opening, curator of the exhibition Britta Eiermann provided an overview of the exhibits for the many journalists. „Mundus Urbano“ consortium manager Nebojša Čamprag introduced the series of lectures, which will address the rising issues of affordable housing, the changing roles of public spaces, the various interpretations and understandings of urban mobility, and finally, the complexities of disaster-risk management. The first lecture, which was announced by Prof. Peter Gotsch, was held by Emeritus Professor Alan Mabin from the Wits City Institute, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. The lecture entitled „What prospects for affordable housing in twenty first century cities?“ set its focus on the burning issues of affordable housing. The remaining lectures will be provided by three additinal experts in their fields, accoridng to the following schedule:

„Common ground, common purpose, common action:defining new modalities for protecting cities from critical events“
Dan Lewis, Chief, UN-HABITAT Nairobi, Disaster and Post-Conflict Section (DPCS)

„Canaan, Haiti: Thriving in the Arrival City“
Marie Aquilino, professor of architectural history at Ecole Spéciale de l’Architecture (ESA), Paris

„Urban upgrading through socio-spatial interventions“
María del Carmen Mendoza Arroyo, Head of the Urban Design and Planning Department, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

All the lectures start at 7 PM in German Architecture Museum (DAM Deutsches Architekturmuseum), Frankfurt a.M., Schaumainkai 43. Visit us until June 26th!



Russian researcher Maria Ustinova joins our team!

Maria Ustinova, a Russian alumna of MUNDUS URBANO master program, will spend a year at the Architecture Department of TU Darmstad as a visiting researcher. Under the supervision by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rudolph-Cleff, Mrs. Ustinova will carry her research project “Modern architecture design of kindergartens and schools: a comparative analysis of educational facilities in Germany and Russia” dealing with the analysis of effective learning environments and energy efficient education facilities.

This research stay is supported by the Alexander von Humbolt Foundation in the framework of German Chancellor Fellowship Program. Maria was granted this fellowship among other young specialists from Russia, China, India, Brazil and USA. The German Chancellor Fellowship Program aims to support prospective leaders from these countries and provides them with the unique opportunity of spending a year working on a project developed with host institution in Germany. The fellowship includes not only the financial support for the project, but also a study tour of Germany and a number of events during which the fellows can make contact with the representatives of German companies and institutions.

Maria's research will cover selected kindergartens and schools in Rhine-Main area and Berlin. The results of her research will complement her professional activities related to the development of effective learning environments in Russia and help to improve the capacity of Russian architects, urban planners and educators on design and planning of educational facilities. Maria will also teach an educational course in the framework of the MUNDUS URBANO in April 2016.

The fellowship programme will officially end with a reception by the chancellor Ms. Angela Merkel in July 2016.

© Symbolbild: dpa
© Symbolbild: dpa



Fachgebiet est is looking for a student to collaborate on a research project dealing with the topic of refugees in Darmstadt

The project is being conducted by a PhD student from the International University of Catalonia, under direction of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Annette Rudolph-Cleff. A student should assist in the collection of data and interviews compilation in refugee centers, NGOs and municipality involved. The period of this collaboration is from end November till 23rd December.

This aid will be rewarded with 5 credits granted by the department.

Those interested please contact Ana Martín Martínez



TU Darmstadt verleiht Athene-Preis an est

Bild: Claus Völker
Bild: Claus Völker

TU Darmstadt, supported by Carlo und Karin Giersch Foundation, awarded a teaching team from our Unit with an „Athene-Preis für Gute Lehre 2015“.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Annette Rudolp-Cleff, in cooperation with Dr.-Ing. Nebojša Čamprag, Dipl.-Ing. Britta Eiermann, and Dipl.-Ing. Simon Gehrmann coordinated two teams of students who represented our university by the ‘Designing Resilience in Asia 2015 – International Design Competition’. Our team of students won the competition, and received a special mention at the National University of Singapore’s School of Design and Environment in June 2015.

Fachgebiet est wishes to thank to the students for the kind nomination! We are looking forward to design resilience in Asia with the following generation of students, hoping to repeat the same succsess again!



Städtebaulicher Entwurf „Leben am Fluss“ WS 2015/16

10-11.10.2015, TU Darmstadt + UIC Barcelona



Group of master students and doctoral candidates from TU Darmstadt and UGA Grenoble presented their work in a joint workshop

TU Darmstadt (URBANgrad) and Université Grenoble Alps (PACTE CNRS – GTR FAMME) jointly organised a symposium „International Research Days on the Université Grenoble Alpes“, taking place from 9-10th September 2015 at the Institut d’Urbanisme de Grenoble, France. The two-days symposium started with the presentations of master theses of the Mundus Urbano students from the 2013/2015 batch. Tashana Villarante (Philipines), Aida Murtic (Bosnia Herzegovina), Raisa Cole (South Africa), Alexandru Munteanu (Moldova), Kristina Gjini (Albania), Rasha Kanjaraw (Syria), Nisha Maria Poulose (India), and Paula Cassas (Brasil) presented the results of their final work in front of the jury and international audience. The second day was reserved for the doctoral candidates from both universities; Pierre Böhm (Germany), Anaïs De Keijser (Belgium), Anshika Suri (India), Venkata Narayanan Aekbote Lakshminarayanan (India), Jimmy Hajj (Lebanon) and Layal Bou Antoun (Lebanon) presented the current stand of their research on various topics related to urban issues. The symposium was also a helpful source of inspiration and information for the future doctoral candidates taking part in discussion that followed.

In the organisation team of the symposium were: Prof. Jean-Michel Roux (UMPF Grenoble), Prof. Fanny Vuaillat (UMPF Grenoble), Prof. Markus Zepf (UMPF Grenoble), Prof. Annette Rudolph-Cleff (TU Darmstadt) and Dr. Nebojša Čamprag (TU Darmstadt)



Städtebauliches Diplom/Master Thesis im Sommersemester 2015

Herunterladen unter folgendem Link.

Visiting students from Trisakti University. Photo: est
Visiting students from Trisakti University. Photo: est



A group of Indonesian Students visited TU Darmstadt

During the last two weeks of July, a group of architecture students from Inodnesian Trisakti University visited TU Darmstadt. Urban Design and Development Unit (est) welcomed the students with an introductory lecture on urban planning in Germany, given by Prof. Dr.-Ing Rudolph-Cleff. The visit continued with a citywalk through Darmstadt, as well as an excursion to Frankfurt, organised by the est team.

During they stay, the guest students were also working on an impromptu design, whose results were presented on the last day of the visit.

Prof. Dr. Su und Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rudolph-Cleff, Leiterin des Fachgebiets. Bild: Sandra Junker
Prof. Dr. Su und Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rudolph-Cleff, Leiterin des Fachgebiets. Bild: Sandra Junker



Yungsheng Su, Stadtplaner aus Shanghai, zu Gast am Fachbereich Architektur

Die TU Darmstadt und die Tongji-Universität Shanghai verbindet eine langjährige und inzwischen zur Strategischen Partnerschaft ausgebaute Beziehung. Diese ermöglicht neben dem Austausch von Studierenden und Doppelabschlüssen auch die Einladung von Gastprofessoren. Wie fruchtbar dieses Instrument ist, zeigt das Beispiel von Yungsheng Su, der sich derzeit in Darmstadt aufhält.

Mehr auf der TU Hauptseite oder hier:



Prof. Dr. Arindam Biswas
Department of Architecture and Planning, IIT Roorkee, India

Starting from the beginning of July, Urban Design and Development Unit welcomes Prof. Dr. Arindam Biswas, Assistant Professor at Department of Architecture and Planning from IIT Roorkee, India.

Prof. Biswas holds a Doctorate in Urban Planning from University of Tokyo. He has also undertaken Certificate Program on International Environmental Leadership (Asian Program for Incubation of Environmental Leadership, APIEL) at the University of Tokyo. His research specializations are on inclusive growth, policy and governance, and futuristic city planning. His present research explores smart city solutions to develop inclusive, resilient and sustainable urban development.

During his stay at TU Darmstadt, Dr. Biswas will explore ideas of creating urban sustainability of heterogeneous city comprising of traditional and new spaces of cities and integrate them with smart city solutions, for both developing and developed context.

© Foto: Pratyush Shankar
© Foto: Pratyush Shankar



Prof. Pratyush Shankar
Prof. Shankar aus Indien forscht und lehrt mit einem Humboldt-Stipendium an der Universität Bonn

Wie prägen Landschaften die Entwicklung von Großstädten? Wie wird die Architektur der Gebäude und Plätze durch Wasserläufe beeinflusst? Welche traditionellen Bauformen überstehen Erdbeben am besten? Den Zusammenhang zwischen natürlichen Gegebenheiten und Stadtplanung untersucht Prof. Pratyush Shankar an der Abteilung für Asiatische und Islamische Kunstgeschichte der Universität Bonn. Der Architekt und Wissenschaftler aus Indien wird mit einem Forschungsstipendium der Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung gefördert.

Mehr auf der Seite von Universität Bonn.



TU Darmstadt wins overall design excellence award and a honourable mention
“Designing Resilience in Asia 2015 – International Design Competition”, NUS Singapore

TU Darmstadt team by the award ceremony in Singapore
TU Darmstadt team by the award ceremony in Singapore

In recent years, planning for urban resilience – as a capability to prepare for, respond to and recover from significant multi-hazard threats with minimum damage – is well under way in a number of cities all around the world. This task is, however, not so easy to accomplish, due to its extremely complex nature, created mainly by the former unsustainable growth programmes and rising climate change issues. Local authorities and their inhabitants are therefore increasingly facing problems of droughts, floods, air pollution, land degradation, deforestation and rising sea levels. One of the most vulnerable regions to the effects of climate change is South-East Asia, but is at the same time characterized by the highest rate of urbanisation. In order to promote both innovative responses to disaster situations and society engagement through design, students of urban design, architecture and building science were invited to participate in an International Design Competition and Symposium 'Designing Resilience in Asia 2015' that seeks to engender Asian communities’ resiliency in light of natural disasters. A group of students representing TU Darmstadt was lead by Prof. Dr. Annette Rudolph-Cleff and her team from the Urban Design and Development Unit (est), Faculty of Architecture. The event itself took place from 29th to 30th June 2015 at the National University of Singapore’s School of Design and Environment.

Overall design excellence prize was awarded to the design project “Start Small-Grow Strong” (Sandro Bellini, Hannah Freund, Nadine Jezernik, Vera Kallenbach, Neele Leson, Beata Preiger, Jennifer Weil, Ann-Cathrin Winkelmann). One of the two honourable mentions was awarded to the design project “Technature” (Alexander Habermehl, Alexandru Oprea, Charlotte Schauer, Daniel Mario Appari, Dominika Czajkowska, Robert Maximilian Sand, Sandra Leipe, Sandra Michel, Shirin Safaei, and Sonja Müller). Both winning entries are a result of teaching modules on Faculty of Architecture, started with preparatory one-week workshop on urban resilience in WS 2014/15, and fully developed during the urban resilience design module in SS 2015.

The panel of judges was composed of the following four renowned international experts: Prof. Dr. Marie Aquilino from Ecole Spéciale de l’Architecture (ESA) from Paris, France, Prof. Dr. Rohit Jigyasu, President of ICOMOS-India and ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Risk Preparedness, Prof. Dr. Reena Tiwari from Curtin University, Australia, and Prof. Dr. Esther Charlesworth from RMIT University, Australia. Introductory lectures in the frames of a symposium, provided by the jury members, was an important input on different aspects and issues of urban resilience today. The competition itself involved presentations of sixteen design schemes by the participating teams from ten universities all around the world: Université de Montréal from Canada, South China University of Technology (SCUT) from China, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) from Bangladesh, National University of Singapore from Singapore, Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology University (CEPT) from India, Technische Universität Darmstadt from Germany, National Cheng Kung University from Taiwan, RMIT University from Australia, Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) from Indonesia and Louisiana State University from the USA.

The winning teams from the Faculty of Architecture TU Darmstadt have been supervised by a group of experts from Urban Design and Development Unit, headed by Prof. Dr. Annette Rudolph-Cleff, involving Dipl.-Ing. Britta Eiermann, Dr.-Ing. Nebojša Čamprag, Dipl.-Ing. Simon Gehrmann and M.Sc. Yang Li. The student teams also received necessary support concerning some special issues of urban planning and design from Mr. Dan Lewis from UN Habitat,Dr. Yunsheng Su from Tongji University Shanghai, Dr. Susanne Bieker from IWAR Institute of the TU Darmstadt concerning water infrastructure planning, as well as by landscape architect Dipl.-Ing. Axel Klapka. Theoretical support was provided by Dr. Gertrud Tauber and by experts from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Ms. Gesa von Engelbrechten and Mr. Martin Dirr.



Foyer HMZ Lichtwiese, 22.06.-30.06.2015

„Thinking Outside the Box“ is more than an exhibition; it is also a reflection of urban reality we are facing today. The complexity of urban systems and the uncertainty of the impact of urbanization and climate change ask for new ways of thinking about planning objectives and solidarity in action. We certainly can’t change the urban dynamics, but we can point at the existing and emerging issues to provoke both critical and creative thinking, as raising local awareness is the first, small step to make the world a better place.

Behind the exhibition opening at the TU Darmstadt in July 2015 are three semesters of intensive work. The future steps involve relocation of the exhibition to all of our partner universities of mundus urbano around the world involved with the international master programme. Barcelona, Grenoble, Rome and Shanghai are the future destinations. Similarly to any other trip, however, this journey will also provide us some experience and make some impressions that will certainly reflect on the content of the future exhibitions. At the end of this long journey, we are looking forward to seeing „Thinking Outside the Box“ opening in Frankfurt’s DAM (German Architecture Museum) in April 2016.

More about the exhibition on the TOTB website!



Public lecture by Dr. Yunsheng Su
German Architecture Museum, Frankfurt, 09.06.2015, 19:00

Prof. Dr. Su, visiting professor on our unit, gives a lecture on 09.06. at 7 PM in Gemran Architecture Museum (DAM) in Frankfurt. The title of the lecture is „Super Smart Cities“.

By comparing the differences of mechanisms used during fossil-era and pre-fossil-era, it can be concluded that patterns of energy used reflected itself not only on productivity, but also on structure. Guiding by Moore’s Law, urban planning follows Multi-scale Energy-Information cell, from personal space to city space, guided by City information model. Base on a range of relations from personal to city space, all these layers are developed by “6S” principles, which are Safety, Sustainability, Security, Smart, Share, Service. These are the ways in which all traditional cities are turning into Super Smart Cities.

In terms of Super Smart City construction process, the close and exclusive decision process has been replaced by the open and dynamic information system. Based on this, neo-energy city construction process with the whole life cycle is able to stimulate the promotion of neo-energy products and service system.



in der Kategorie Urbanisierung
TU Darmstadt, Institut IWAR, Fachgebiet est

Die Technische Universität Darmstadt, das Institut IWAR, erhält für das Infrastrukturkonzept „Semizentral“ den GreenTec Award 2015 in der Kategorie Urbanisierung. Die nicht dotierte, in 14 Kategorien vergebene Auszeichnung gilt als einer der renommiertesten Umwelt- und Wirtschaftspreise in Europa. Das Team erhielt den Preis in der Kategorie „Urbanisierung“, weil es einen beeindruckenden Beitrag zur Verbesserung der Lebensqualität in Megacities leistet. Ein Teilprojekt des internationalen Forschungsprojekts wurde durch das Fachgebiet Entwerfen und Stadtentwicklung bearbeitet.

Neben einer beratenden Funktion im Hinblick auf die urbane Einbindung des „Ressource Recovery Centers“ und der Standortwahl, übernahm das Fachgebiet est von Annette Rudolph-Cleff die Fassadengestaltung, die Optimierung der Verkehrs- und Wegeflächen der Labor und Technikbereiche und insbesondere die Gestaltung der Innenräume der Schulungs- und Ausstellungsflächen.

Mit dem Ansatz „Semizentral“ hilft die TU Darmstadt der chinesischen Metropole Qingdao, die unter einem eklatanten Wassermangel leidet. In Zusammenarbeit mit der Tongji University Shanghai und der Qingdao Technological University sowie deutschen Partnern aus Industrie und Wissenschaft ist es der Technischen Universität Darmstadt gelungen, ein neuartiges Infrastrukturkonzept zu entwickeln, das mit der Größe der Stadt mitwächst, auf die Wiederverwendung von Wasser baut und gleichzeitig Energie einspart.



Prof. Pratyush Shankar
Faculty of Architecture, CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India

On Monday, May 18th, Prof. Pratyush Shankar from the Faculty of Architecture of the CEPT University from Ahmedabad, India, is going to give a public lecture on construction of South-Asian urban history.

Prof. Shankar is an architect based in Ahmedabad, with the main interest in Himalayan architecture and Indian cities. At present, he is an associate professor and acting dean at Faculty of Architecture, CEPT University. Prof. Shankar also has a small design practice and has done projects in various parts of India and Nepal.

The lecture is scheduled for 10 a.m. in Mundus Urbano classrom (ground-floor)



Prof. Dr. Yunsheng Su
Shanghai Tongji Urban Planning & Design Institute

Urban Design and Development Unit (est) welcomes this semester Prof. Dr. Yunsheng Su, chief engineer at the Shanghai Tongji Urban Planning & Design Institute and guest lecturer at Shanghai’s Urban Planning Bureau Director Training Course.

Prof. Su worked on many important urban design projects, such as the Beijing Tongzhou Canal City and the 2010 Shanghai Expo-village Project. Besides, he has been active in bringing the experience of China’s rapid modernization and its designs to other developing countries. In 2005, he undertook the task of promoting Tongji University globally and introduced the concept of “China Cities.” That same year, he played a role in launching Urban China Magazine, a modern planning and design publication.

During his stay on our Faculty, Prof. Su will support students who are working on their designs in the frames of international competition “Designing Resilience in Asia”, and will coordinate a block seminar for the Mundus Urbano students. Prof. Yunsheng Su will also give a public lecture in Deutsches Architektur Museum (DAM) in Frankfurt, on 9th June 2014 at 7:00 PM.



Preise für hervorragende wissenschaftliche Leistungen
Dr.-Ing. Nebojša Čamprag

Die Vereinigung der Freunde der Technischen Universität Darmstadt vergibt jährlich Preise für hervorragende wissenschaftliche Leistungen. Dabei erhält jeder Fachbereich der TU Darmstadt einen Preis für die beste Promotionsarbeit des vorhergehenden Jahres.

Wir freuen uns sehr darüber, dass für den Fachbereich Architektur, unserem Kollegen Dr.-Ing. Nebojša Čamprag am 6. Mai 2015 um 17:30 Uhr im Georg-Christoph-Lichtenberg-Haus in Darmstadt, der Preis verliehen wird.



NYC Photo book
TU Darmstadt_est, 2015

Photo documentation on excursion to New York City, 25-29th August 2014.




Einladung zür mundlichen Doktorprüfung von Christian Seemann, mit dem Thema: „European Shopping Centre Architecture – in France and Italy“



Stegreif 'Zaun-König'

Am 11. März startete der Frankfurter Garten am Danziger Platz in sein drittes Gartenjahr. Highlight beim Eröffnungsfest war eine Preisverleihung an Darmstädter Architekturstudenten. Prämiert wurden ihre sehenswerten Vorschläge für eine neue Umzäunung des Gartens.

Mehr darüber hier und hier!



International Design Competition and Symposium

Issuance of Competition Brief: January 2015
Submission of Competition Entries (two best design projects): 15 June 2015 (digital)
Presentation of Competition Entries: 29 June 2015, Singapore University
Selection of Award Honorees: 30 June 2015

Application for the Urban Resilience Workshop (WS) and Design Project (SS) over TuCaN!



„Designing Resilience in Asia“
NUS – National University of Singapore

Climate change and extreme weather events are becomming a global problem, which is likely to increase exposure of cities to hazards and risk. Therefore, increasingly important global challenge for planners all over the world is to make cities more resilient. When considering the aggregation of natural disasters, eight Asian metropolitan areas are in the top ten of highly populated metropolitan areas most susceptible to the occurrences of multiple, differing natural disasters. In this regard, The NUS School of Design and Environmet's Department of Architecture will be organising and hosting an annual juried competition and symposium entitled „Designing Resilience in Asia – International Design Competition and Symposium“ for two consecutive years, beginning in January 2015, to be held in Singapore. The design Competition and Symposium will provide an areana for sharing, questioning, and developiong formal proposals for and theoretical propositions about disaster resilient architectural design and planning in Asia.

The symposium and design competition will be held in cooperation with 10 universities from all over the world (India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Australia, Taiwan, China, Canada, USA, Germany, and Singapore). Our University is going to be represented through Faculty of Architecture, Urban Design and Development Unit (est).



Mehr als nur parken. Parkhäuser weiterdenken
Jovis Berlin, 2014

Die monolithischen Parkhauskolosse aus den 1960er und 70er Jahren prägen bis heute das Bild vieler deutscher Innenstädte. Doch in der Stadtplanung unserer Zeit sind nicht mehr Nutzungsentmischung und die autogerechte Stadt die vorherrschenden Paradigmen, sondern die Vorstellung einer dicht belebten, von kleinteiligen Nutzungen geprägten Innenstadt. Auch ökonomisch sind monofunktionale Parkhäuser angesichts immer weiter steigender Grundstückspreise fragwürdig.
Dieses Buch, das sich ebenso an Architekten und Ingenieure wie auch an Politiker, Investoren und Betreiber richtet, will eine Diskussion anstoßen und mit überraschenden Entwürfe zeigen, welches Potenzial in Parkhäusern schlummert. Wie könnten diese Zweckbauten besser in ihre Umgebung integriert werden? Welche alternativen oder auch ergänzenden Nutzungen wären denkbar? Wie könnte man brachliegende Dachflächen sinnvoll verwenden? Beiträge aus immobilienwirtschaftlicher, ingenieurtechnischer oder kulturwissenschaftlicher Perspektive komplettieren den Band.

Akademie der Architekten- und Stadtplanerkammer Hessen, Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Quantum AG, Unternehmensgruppe NH (Hrsg.)



New York City

A mixed group of bachelor, master and doctoral students, together with Prof. Dr. Annette Rudolph-Cleff and with Dr.-Ing. Nebojsa Camprag, spent five days in New York City. The excursion was an integral part of the seminar, which had its focus on diverse issues regarding this global megacity. During their short stay, students visited non-profit organisation Project for Public Spaces (PPS), architectural offices Allied Works Architecture and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), as well as NYC Department of City Planning. The programme also involved a lecture on participatory planning in NYC on Hunter College, given by Prof. Tom Angotti. Guided tours involved urban renewal site Long Island City, Central Park, as well as a tour through SoHo and NoHo neighborhoods, organised by the colleagues from Columbia University (GSAPP).

The excursion has been sponsored by the Jakob Wilhelm Mengler – Stiftung.



New York City Excursion Guide
TU Darmstadt_est, 2014

As a certain „laboratory of modernity“, New York fascinated generations of architects, and influenced development and image making of many cities globally. Unit est therefore organized a course on New York City in SS 2014. The focus was not only on built environment and genuine locations of this global megacity, but also on the very current developments and future plans for NYC, as well as on its social components. An integral part of the course is an excursion, for which our students prepared a practical and tailor-made guide.



Hannelore – Studentische Entwürfe für Gernsheim

Die Studierenden am Fachbereich Architektur der TU Darmstadt haben sich im Sommersemester 2013 am Fachbereich Entwerfen und Stadtentwicklung_e.s.t. mit der städtebaulichen Entwurfsaufgabe in Gernsheim beschäftigt.

Ab Samstag den 31.05. 2014 um 16:00 Uhr bis 18.06. 2014 sind die Entwürfe im Museum der Schöfferstadt, Gernsheim, Schöfferplatz 1 zu sehen.



Hannelore – Studentische Entwürfe für Gernsheim, Documentation

Syntagma, 2014