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 socio-economic processes will serve as a testbed to ask the question: 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.
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.
Learning Goals and Syllabus
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.
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You may find the syllabus useful when discussing with your home University whether the ECTS credits attainable for this course are accepted by them.
The general prerequisites of the TU Berlin Summer University are the following: at least one year of university experience + English level B2 or equivalent.
Georg Hubmann’s main research interest lies in the nexus between climate change and contemporary urban space. His work focuses on the interfaces and integration of circular urban systems, community participation and user driven data innovation.He studied urban design and political science in Berlin, Madrid, and Shanghai and is a research associate and a doctoral candidate at CHORA, TU Berlin where he is contributing to the chair's teaching and research agenda. Georg was leading several projects on system integration in Berlin and worked with districts and cities around Europe on climate action plans (i.a. London, Paris, Utrecht, Helsinki, Malmö, Copenhagen, Lisbon, Valencia). Georg was born and raised in Austria and speaks fluently German, English, Spanish, Italian, and French.
Please direct questions about the course to the TU Berlin Summer University Team at: summeruniversity(at)tubs.de . We will answer your questions and direct specific queries regarding course content to the course lecturers where necessary.