280.A26 Coming to terms with the climate emergency
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2022W, VU, 2.0h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to differentiate between different terms in relation to the climate crisis, know their potentials and limitations and can use the terms consciously. They have the competence to consider concepts in the context of their emergence and to critically analyse their use.

Subject of course

Architecture and spatial planning are an essential part of the human transformation of the earth. They were and are driving forces of the climate emergency. Not only are they directly responsible for the catastrophic CO2 emissions and resource consumption of the building sector, for an enormous amount of soil sealing or the displacement of people, animals and plants from their habitats (to name just a few examples), they also provide the infrastructures of global capitalism, which has been a major cause of this development.

The time for architecture and spatial planning as we know it has run out. We have to act now: Architecture and spatial planning must fundamentally change in the face of the climate crisis and other looming crises. They must become part of, or help shape, a new relationship between humans and the world.

In this course, we will look at concepts that propose very different paths in this context - such as "sustainability", "resilience", "circular economy", "climate justice", "degrowth", or "Anthropocene".

Teaching methods

We will discuss with the help of literature and other media,

  • in which (temporal/spatial/disciplinary) context the terms emerged,
  • in which contexts and with which intentions they are used today and
  • where their focus and blind spots lie.

Building upon this, we will explore architectural and spatial planning projects in which the terms sustainable, resilient, etc. have been used. This will give us a feeling for their potentials and limitations.

Finally, we will discuss and condense the results. Here, it is also about an open and creative discussion of the appropriate form for communicating the knowledge gained.

Mode of examination


Additional information

The course is aimed at Master's students of architecture and spatial planning. Students of architecture can have the seminar credited as a free elective.

Background LVA image: Steffen, Will, Wendy Broadgate, Lisa Deutsch, Owen Gaffney, and Cornelia Ludwig. „The Trajectory of the Anthropocene: The Great Acceleration“. The Anthropocene Review 2, Nr. 1 (1 April 2015): 81–98. https://doi.org/10.1177/2053019614564785.



Course dates

Mon09:00 - 11:0010.10.2022Seminarraum AE U1 - 6 Kick-Off
Mon09:00 - 11:0017.10.2022 - 24.10.2022Seminarraum EB EG-1 - RPL Seminar
Mon09:00 - 13:0031.10.2022Seminarraum EB EG-1 - RPL Workshop 1: Mapping
Mon09:00 - 11:0007.11.2022Seminarraum EB EG-1 - RPL Optionaler Termin – Raum reserviert
Mon09:00 - 13:0021.11.2022Seminarraum EB EG-1 - RPL Workshop 2: Vertiefung
Mon09:00 - 11:0005.12.2022Seminarraum EB EG-1 - RPL Feedback
Mon09:00 - 13:0009.01.2023Seminarraum EB EG-1 - RPL Workshop 3: Aufarbeitung
Mon09:00 - 13:0023.01.2023Seminarraum EB EG-1 - RPL Abschlussdiskussion
Coming to terms with the climate emergency - Single appointments
Mon10.10.202209:00 - 11:00Seminarraum AE U1 - 6 Kick-Off
Mon17.10.202209:00 - 11:00Seminarraum EB EG-1 - RPL Seminar
Mon24.10.202209:00 - 11:00Seminarraum EB EG-1 - RPL Seminar
Mon31.10.202209:00 - 13:00Seminarraum EB EG-1 - RPL Workshop 1: Mapping
Mon07.11.202209:00 - 11:00Seminarraum EB EG-1 - RPL Optionaler Termin – Raum reserviert
Mon21.11.202209:00 - 13:00Seminarraum EB EG-1 - RPL Workshop 2: Vertiefung
Mon05.12.202209:00 - 11:00Seminarraum EB EG-1 - RPL Feedback
Mon09.01.202309:00 - 13:00Seminarraum EB EG-1 - RPL Workshop 3: Aufarbeitung
Mon23.01.202309:00 - 13:00Seminarraum EB EG-1 - RPL Abschlussdiskussion

Examination modalities

  • Attendance and participation in the sessions
  • Group submission of position paper
  • Group submission of research report
  • Individual reflection report

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
01.09.2022 00:00 07.10.2022 20:00 14.10.2022 20:00


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 440 Spatial Planning Not specified


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