Germany, Berlin

Circular Economy: Introduction and Urban Prototyping

online course
when 17 August 2020 - 28 August 2020
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 700

This course introduces to the emerging topic of Circular Economy and allows students to design their own ‘circular prototypes’. With the effects of climate change starting to surface more rigorously, moving away from a linear economy becomes ever more important. Therefore, the focus will be 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 is critical for the future development path. This online course will give participants an opportunity to rediscover their own city by making material flows visible and understanding relevant infrastructures as well as socio-economic processes. The central question is: how can we live more sustainably by introducing circular urban systems?
We first 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 solutions with their own city as a case study. The goal is to get a profound understanding of the Circular Economy concept and to create ideas for circular solutions at either the household, product or system scale.
You will learn the most relevant theory behind Circular Economy, you will get an overview of a wide range of examples, you will get insights into current practices and learn how to transform them and finally, the students will be introduced to the lecturer’s research. The course is taught online only and will use a range of techniques such as webinars and online workshops including group work, live lectures, case studies, guided design as well as live chats and discussions. The course is open to students with different backgrounds ranging from design and engineering to social science.

Course leader

Georg Hubmann’s main research interest lies in the nexus between climate change and urban design. His work focuses on urban metabolism and the integration of urban systems, user driven data innovation and community participation.

Target group

Students from Architecture, Ecology, Economics, Engineering, Environmental Planning, Industrial Design, Material Science, Social Science, Sociology, Urban Design, Urban Planning.

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 practical examples. They will further learn how to synthesize and apply knowledge from different fields to design their own prototypes. Students will be able to exchange their knowledge and solutions in a multi-cultural group.

Credits info

3 EC
We will ask participants to fulfill the following technical requirements:
• Fully functional device (laptop, tablet, PC)
• Stable internet connection
• Software: Zoom (App installed on desktop or over browser. Participants are requested to use their real names as zoom account names.)
• Recommended: external headset for better sound quality

Fee info

EUR 700: Aug. 10-17: *Reading week* : flexible, 5 hours preparatory work to be done on-demand
Aug. 17-21: Week 1: Live and on-demand course elements
Aug. 24-28: Week 2: Live and on-demand course elements

The fee covers the course, course materials, and a digital cultural program.

Scholarships

no