Resilient People, Resilient Buildings

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The consequences of climate change are already perceptible and a higher frequency of extreme weather events is forecast for the coming decades. People will have to react to these changed framework conditions. Buildings will also undergo adaptations in their properties and the way they are used. The elective subject "Resilient People, Resilient Buildings" approaches the subject area by looking at a certain phenomenon, the increasing heat. Extreme heat waves are more likely to be expected in the future due to climate change. Heat records are already regularly broken, including in 2019 in Aachen. The associated health burden on the population particularly affects vulnerable groups such as the elderly and is highest in existing buildings in the inner cities. Together with the faculty of medicine, the effects of heat waves on the human body are presented. In addition, strategies (especially passive measures to avoid high temperatures) for comfortable interiors are investigated.


The processing is carried out in two parts:

I.) In two groups, topics are elaborated in the context of resilient construction, which are presented in short speeches (Pechakucha) and documented in writing (in a predetermined layout).

II) In four groups (three architects, one medical practitioner) concepts for a room in a hospital are developed, which are presented on the basis of plans and in the given layout.


29.4. 9h Introduction

20.5. 9h Units I

10.6. 9h Units II, issue of the second task

24.6. 9h Optional consultation in the group

08.7. 9h Presentation of the concepts