Berlin, Germany

Circular Economy

when 17 August 2020 - 28 August 2020
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, this program has been cancelled for 2020. Please check our website for the new TU Berlin Summer University Online program.

The course will give a general introduction to Circular Economy, will present a wide range of best-practices, will give an insight into current practices through field visits and will introduce the students to the lecturer’s current research.
This course introduces to the emerging topic of Circular Economy in a trans-disciplinary way and allows students to design their own circular prototypes. With climate change starting to surface more rigorously, the principles of Circular Economy become ever more important. The focus will be specifically on urban resource flows such as water, energy, materials, food, and waste because the way in which we manage the resources consumed and produced in cities will significantly reduce the consumption of finite resources globally. Berlin and its accompanying socioeconomic processes will serve as a test bed to ask: how can we live more sustainably by introducing circular urban systems?

We offer an introduction to Circular Economy out of the perspective of different fields such as built environment, food & biomass, textile & fashion, and materials & products. In the second phase, students will apply the gained knowledge to prototype circular solutions with the city of Berlin as a case study. The goal is to get a profound understanding of Circular Economy and to co-create ideas for circular solutions to surface the potentials for a transformation towards a sustainable urban environment.

Course leader

Georg Hubmann

Target group

The target group includes current university students who have completed at least one year of their studies (Bachelor's, Master's or PhD level). Working professionals with equivalent work experience are also welcome to apply.

Course aim

Students will learn about the trans-disciplinary nature of Circular Economy, and they will get a good understanding of system thinking. They will get a sound overview of current application fields of Circular Economy and will explore some practices in the field. They will further learn how to synthesize and apply knowledge from different fields, and they will work in multi-cultural groups to design their own prototypes.

Credits info

3 EC
3 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) for the academic course.

Fee info

EUR 0: The fee covers public transportation for the duration of the course, excursions, course materials, and a cultural program.