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Current project winter term 2019/20: Designing Future Cities: Maintenance of public buildings in urban space – shape logistics in an innovative, sustainable and clima-neutral way

This winter term 2019/20 the project seminar „Designing Future Cities:
Maintenance of public buildings in urban space –  shape logistics in an innovative, sustainable and clima-neutral way“
will be focusing on the problem of high CO2 emissions public buildings in cities cause due to their maintenance. Within this seminar we will – together with the Berlin Real Estate Management company BIM – in terms of urban and regional planning, set the focus on developing spatial models for innovative maintenance of public buildings.

To tackle this challenge, we use the method of Urban Design Thinking. Accompanied by our Cooperation partners, students will work in small multidisciplinary teams. Based on an intensive analysis of the existing situation, they will go through a process focussing on understanding, need-finding, thinking, creating, and doing.

Cooperation partners for this project are the chair of Strategic Leadership and Global Management, TU Berlin, the chair for Urban Renewal and Sustainable Development, TU Berlin and the Berlin Real Estate Management company BIM.

Course Objectives

The course is intended for students who want to enhance their innovation knowledge by using design thinking and urban planning tools to tackle an interesting real-world challenge in the urban context. More specifically, the course is designed to help students to:

  • incorporate design thinking into your analysis of urban problems
  • learn how to build and lead an innovation team
  • develop project management skills


Seminar days will take place this winter term within two block weeks and are compulsory:

25.10.2019, 31.10.2019, 08.11.2019, 14.11.2019, 15.11.2019, 28.11.2019, 06.12.2019, 13.12.2019, 10.01.2020, 23.01.2020, 07.02.2020, 14.02.2020

In addition, independent group work and individual research are expected between these two block weeks and throughout the semester.

The Kick-off event takes place on the 25th of October 2019 in room H 0106, 10 - 12 am.

Course Content and form of teaching

This is a workshop-based course where students learn by doing. Students will be required to be present in class in order to get to know the key urban design thinking concepts through presentations, short videos or brief activities, to practice relevant methods and approaches as well as to present their preliminary results.

Between classes, the participants are going to work independently with their teams, supported by a coach. Teams are expected to use the opportunity to get advice from mentors of the project partner. By the middle and the end of the course, students have to give interim and final presentations. Furthermore, students are required to write a project documentation and evaluation of their team work.

Grading is based on the following components (12 ECTS):

  • Mid-term presentations
  • Final presentations
  • Class participation (peer assessment)
  • Visualization/project poster
  • Project documentation


The course is open to graduate and advanced undergraduate students of all disciplines. We encourage urban planners, business students, engineers, architects and so on to work collaboratively on the project. The idea is that the interdisciplinary breadth will lead to new perspectives and innovations.

PowerPoint presentations and other handouts will be posted after each class. The ISIS password will be provided during the introductory session.

For detailed information see Syllabus.

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