Faculty VI Planning - Building - Environment
- © Hans-Georg Esch
Faculty VI offers its students an excellent and international academic profile, indeed a most unique didactic approach that purposely unites the planning, spatial, and construction-related sciences. Professors from the spheres of architecture, civil engineering, city and regional planning, landscape architecture and environmental planning, geo-engineering, social sciences, geodesy and ecology teach and actively conduct research at Faculty VI.
The “Department of Architecture” willingly assumes the singular responsibility of promoting environmentally responsible building construction for future generations. We examine architecture’s responsibilities in terms of design, culture and the environment. Particular emphasis is given to the massive construction-related consumption of resources and resulting consequences for the environment. Further areas of interest in the areas of teaching, research and professional development include structural engineering, climate friendly and sustainable construction, urban renewal, preservation of historical buildings and monuments, and construction research. We promote close cooperation between the planning sciences and the spheres of urban development, metropolis research, housing, as well as location and project development, urban and regional economies, and real estate economics.
Our “Department of Urban and Regional Planning” is one of the most important planning schools in Germany. It takes full advantage of Berlin’s reputation as Germany’s top location for planning research and planning consultancy activities. The course profile of the degree program “City and Regional Planning” is an expression of the pivotal importance of project-based learning.
The concept of urban ecology as an independent research field originated at TU Berlin. The “Department for Ecology” covers a broad spectrum of biotic (plants, fauna) and abiotic (soil, water, climate) components of the ecosystem in the terrestrial and aquatic sphere. Our institute offers a broad range of courses and dedicated academic networking within the fields of planning science, engineering science, and specialist disciplines in resource efficiency.
The “Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning” focuses on the design, configuration and environmentally sustainable planning of unused space and landscapes. Important tasks here include the elaboration of contemporary strategies for the planning of undeveloped areas and future landscape growth, in addition to the pressing issues of climate change and energy policy. Social and economic aspects are also examined in terms of sustainable development requirements. Satellite data and geo-information systems support these lines of research.
The “Department of Sociology” cooperates closely with the individual technological science disciplines of TU Berlin and is closely linked with the “Center for Technology and Society”, with its focus on innovation and mobility research. The novel degree course “Sociology of Technology” is the only one of its kind in Germany.
For the first time anywhere, our “Department of Civil Engineering” has initiated a new approach to learning and research in the design and manufacture of all types of materials. This approach also includes specialty areas in design and construction, solid structures, metal construction and lightweight construction, as well as composite structures. Additional areas of research emphasis include construction technology, building diagnostics, construction and soil dynamics, as well as the developing and financing of infrastructures for urban areas. Our institute is also taking on new challenges, for instance by helping to establish offshore wind parks.
The spectrum of challenges facing sustainable geo-resource management in the applied geosciences ranges from the exploration, evaluation and utiliz-ation of space, both above and below ground, to materials research and environmental research. In the fields of geodesy and geo computer science, the latest satellite-assisted analytical methods are used in earth system and planetary sciences research, in precision navigation and geo-positioning, as well as in creating coordinate reference systems for geographic information systems (GIS).
All Faculty VI academic programs lead to Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. The ongoing internationalization of the academic world is reflected in the number of dual degree, English-language programs offered, for example Germany’s only Master courses in “Urban Design”, “Geodesy and Geo Information Sciences”, “Urban Ecology Sciences” and “Environmental Planning”.
In the area of continuing university education, Faculty VI has initiated the degree courses “Conservation of Monuments, Historic Buildings and Sites”, “Stage Design”, “Real Estate Management”, and “Urban Management”.