Berlin, Germany

Circular Economy: Introduction and Urban Prototyping

online course
when 16 August 2021 - 27 August 2021
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 720

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

This course is designed for current university students, working professionals and any individuals with an interest in furthering their knowledge about Circular Economy and urban resource flows such as water, energy, materials, food, and waste management.

Participants from the disciplines Architecture, Ecology, Economics, Engineering, Environmental Planning, Industrial Design, Material Science, Social Science, Sociology, Urban Design, Urban Planning are welcome.

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.

Fee info

EUR 720: Fee for students.
The fee covers the course, course materials, and a digital cultural program.
EUR 1320: Fees for working professional/Non-students.
The fee covers the course, course materials, and a digital cultural program.