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You can usually take higher education courses if you’re 18 or older. They’re regularly taught in universities, colleges and professional institutions such as art schools or agricultural colleges - nearly all of which have their own websites. You can get a wide range of skills, for example, diplomas, bachelor degrees, foundation degrees and post-graduate degrees.

Architecture allows you to design buildings, sheds and parks. A masters program in architecture will not only teach you how to plan structures but also the history of architecture and how buildings have changed over time.

Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany, is a federal parliamentary republic in western-central Europe. The country consists of 16 states, and its capital and largest city is Berlin.

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Reimagining Berlin as a Smart City

TU Berlin Summer & Winter University
Campus Full time July 2017 Germany Berlin

Students with an interdisciplinary interest in urban planning, innovation and knowledge management, digital media & communications technologies, civic tech / engineering, sustainability studies, politics & governance, history. [+]

Best Course Studies in Architecture in Germany 2017. Summer University block 3: July 24th - August 17th, 2017 Course price: 1.850 Euros 18 hours of class sessions per week, 5 ECTS credit points Topic Berlin is growing. By the year 2030, there will be 250,000 more people living in the city than there are today. This will bring with it an increase in the demand for housing as well as in requirements for mobility, the adaptation of infrastructures and the availability of resources such as water, energy, data and building land. Like many major urban centres around the world, this means that Berlin is also facing a wide variety of challenges for the future: the growing city, the aging city or the city in the midst of structural change all require inter-disciplinary and inter-departmental approaches if solutions are to be found. The Smart City approach aims to find solutions to the ecological, social, economic and cultural challenges faced by Berlin through the use of intelligent technology. Berlin wishes to preserve – and as far as possible enhance – its appeal and its quality of life. (Excerpt from the „Smart City Strategy Berlin”, 2015) Target group Students with an interdisciplinary interest in urban planning, innovation and knowledge management, digital media & communications technologies, civic tech / engineering, sustainability studies, politics & governance, history. Learning Goal/Output Gain an insight into the complex and often conflicting landscape of actors in Berlin working in the cross-cutting field of smart city Learn about the chronology of Berlin’s official smart city policy, the city’s plans and activities Visit some of Berlin’s future sites of innovation where the action happens! Get to know Berlin’s lighthouse smart city projects, including many which involve cutting-edge research and leadership from TU Berlin (such as the E-Bus project, the new 10-point Be.Digital-Agenda and the CHORA-BrainBox) Learn about Berlin’s unique history and how this resulted in today’s opportunities as well as challenges for a digital and sustainable transformation Compare and contrast how Berlin’s Smart City activities differ from those in other cities around the world Critically reflect on the “smart city” concept beyond the narrow definition of ICT providers, but rather understand it as a broad cultural transformation that requires us to reinvent how we manage and govern our cities Get a general understanding of the impact of rapid urbanization on our planet and the role it plays for achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals Contribute insights and experiences from your home city and appreciate the mechanism of city-to-city learning as a key driver for a sustainable “urban age” Introduction to lean innovation and design thinking methodologies as part of the Team Design Challenge Course Components Lectures Group work and class presentations Talks and Q&A with external guests (depends on availability) Field visits to selected smart city projects and innovation sites (e.g. E-Bus, EUREF-Campus, Südkreuz station) Team Design Challenge – develop your own smart city solution to one of Berlin’s existing problems. Short Description “The 19th century was a century of empires, the 20th century was a century of nation states. The 21st century will be a century of cities.” – Former Denver Mayor W. Webb. Like many cities around the world, Berlin wants to become a leading Smart City by 2030. But what does that mean? How can new technologies help to tackle some of Berlin’s biggest challenges? And what can Berlin learn from other cities? In this course you will get a unique insight into Berlin’s history and ambitions as a smart city. We will trace the development of Berlin’s official smart city agenda, appreciate the diverse landscape of actors who lead the change and visit some of the city’s most celebrated smart city projects and innovation hotspots first-hand. This course will challenge you to critically reflect and interrogate the “smart city” concept, contribute your own ideas and experiences from home and gain a broad perspective on how cities are innovating and cooperating all over the world for a more sustainable urban future. Prerequisites The general prerequisites of the TU Berlin Summer University are: at least one year of university experience. This course prefers C1 level English to fully participate in discussions. Lecturer(s) Jonas Schorr (MA/MSc) is a strategic and digital communications professional in the fields of international city cooperation and smart cities. For the last three years, he has been an active part of Berlin’s emerging Smart City scene through his work as a research fellow at TU Berlin. He also works for the Policy Transfer Platform, an innovative knowledge exchange platform for city experts which he coordinates on behalf of Berlin’s Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment and the Metropolis city network. Prior to this, Jonas completed a traineeship at the European Commission (DG Environment) in Brussels and worked at the London School of Economics’ urban research centre LSE Cities and the Urban Age Programme. He occasionally writes for online publications and think tanks on governance and digital innovation issues in cities. In 2014, he was a jury member for the World Mayor Prize. Jonas holds two master degrees in Global Media & Communications from the London School of Economics and Political Science and Fudan University in Shanghai. He has a BA in Corporate Communications from a leading German business school and used to run his own web design business. He has studied and worked in a variety of cultural contexts, including Germany, France, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Singapore and China. [-]

DesignBuild Summer Studio

TU Berlin Summer & Winter University
Campus Full time July 2017 Germany Berlin

This DesignBuild Summer Studio focusses on the realisation of a small building project from the initial design to the process of building by the students themselves. This will be carried out in an academic environment, engaging in interdisciplinary collaboration between students of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Civil Engineering and other related fields. [+]

Summer University block 3: July 24th - August 17th, 2017 Course price: 1.850 Euros 18 hours of class sessions per week, 5 ECTS credit points Target group This DesignBuild Studio is aimed at students who want to gain creative and practical knowledge through making. This course is suitable for students of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Engineering and other related fields who are willing to leave the boundaries of their desks, and conquer real life scenarios. Skills in building crafts are of an advantage but not essential. Learning Goal/Output The participants will develop their creative, practical and professional skills through creative experimentation and the process of making. Course Components Firstly, creative experimentation in the form of site responsive land art and/or installations will enable the students to explore the spatial qualities of the site. The participants will then develop an idea from the design stage to the built project. An examination of the context and discussions with the clients and users will form the basis for the final design. In a competitive design workshop, the best and most feasible solution(s) will be selected and developed. In collaboration with the users and under the guidance of a craftsman, the design will be built and inaugurated. The course will include the following components: Lectures / seminars Berlin excursions Creative and practical workshops On site photography, installations and/or land art 3d design / model making Design/build studio Interdisciplinary critics Equipment: - Styrofoam cutter, 3D printer, carpentry workshop Budget: - we have a small budget for materials The DesignBuild Studio will be based at the University, transportation will be organised for the 5-8 days of site visits and construction works. Short Description This DesignBuild Summer Studio focusses on the realisation of a small building project from the initial design to the process of building by the students themselves. This will be carried out in an academic environment, engaging in interdisciplinary collaboration between students of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Civil Engineering and other related fields. The suggested site is Scharfenberg Island, a small island in the northwest of Berlin which is only accessible via a small ferry or rowing boats. Scharfenberg is the home to a school with ca. 450 pupils, the school farm and ca. 9 residents. The idyllic island environment is the perfect location for creative thinking and making. The project will focus on the design of outdoor spaces for learning, celebration, retreat and contemplation. The location will be confirmed towards the end of 2016. The students will firstly explore the spatial qualities of the site through creative experimentation in the form of photography, site responsive land art and/or installations. They will then develop an idea from the design stage to the built project. An examination of the context and discussions with the clients and users will form the basis for the final design. In a competitive design workshop, the best and most feasible solution(s) will be selected and developed. In collaboration with the users and under the guidance of a craftsman, the design will be built and inaugurated. The challenge will be integrate "low-cost" and "high efficiency" requirements with considerations for sustainability, aesthetics, appropriateness, participation and education. Besides the enormous gains in professional knowledge our goal is to make students more sensitive to the ecological, social and cultural implications of their work. In order to profit from the high potential of these small-scale projects the focus has to be placed on the quality of the space that is created. Design decisions and implementation therefore needs to be made precisely and carefully. This project will be run similar to the Summer University project "Panke Platz" that took place in 2016 Prerequisites The willingness to work in a team is a precondition. The general prerequisites of the TU Berlin Summer University are at least one year of university experience and English level B2 or equivalent. Lecturer(s) Simon Colwill, BA(Hons) Dip(Hons) Simon Colwill studied Landscape Architecture at the University of Greenwich in London and worked for many years thereafter as a freelance landscape architect in Berlin. He has been a teaching and research assistant at the Department of Landscape Design and Construction at the Technische Universität in Berlin since 2004. Here he has supervised many studio projects and seminars in the bachelor and master's program. Since 2007 he has been a member of CoCoon (http://cocoon-studio.de/), supervising designbuild projects that follow an interdisciplinary designbuild teaching model involving architects, landscape architects and civil engineers. These projects aim to achieve a balance between innovation, good architectural practice, the technical qualities of the result, as well as making a contribution to the community. He has been running designbuild projects in Mexico, Egypt, Bolivia and in Germany. Florian Zwangsleitner, M.Sc. Florian Zwangsleitner studied Landscape Architecture and Urban Design at the TU Berlin, he also trained as an engineer in timber construction. He then worked as a landscape architect in Berlin. He has been working at the Department of Landscape Construction at the TU Berlin as a teaching and research assistant since May 2016 where he supervises design projects and university seminars. He has been a guest lecturer and co-supervisor of several DesignBuild Studios. As a student, Florian participated in the TU Berlin`s DesignBuild Studio in Oaxaca, Mexico. [-]

Healing Architecture

TU Berlin Summer & Winter University
Campus Full time July 2017 Germany Berlin

The HEALING ARCHITECTURE course explores opportunities to improve health outcomes and well-being for all user groups in healthcare facilities, especially hospitals, by architectural design. [+]

Best Course Studies in Architecture in Germany 2017. Summer University block 2: July 10th - July 21st, 2017 18 hours of class sessions per week, 5 ECTS credit points Topic The HEALING ARCHITECTURE course explores opportunities to improve health outcomes and well-being for all user groups in healthcare facilities, especially hospitals, by architectural design. Target group Students in the field of architecture, planning, health, health management or public health. Learning Goal/Output Identification of current challenges and opportunities for architecture of healthcare facilities aiming to improve health outcomes and well-being for all user groups in healthcare facilities Basic knowledge about factors influencing architectural design decisions for healthcare facilities, such as environmental factors, epimdemiology (lifestyle-related diseases), medical trends, history and management of healthcare facilities Design, research and evaluation skills related to architectural design of health care facilities Group work & team work Presentation techniques Course Components Input lectures Practical workshops Design charrettes Field trips Group presentations with guest critics Short Description In the first week students will have an introduction to Healing Architecture followed by theoretical inputs on related subjects such as environmental factors, epimdemiology (lifestyle-related diseases), design and evaluation methods, medical trends as well as history and management of healthcare facilities. Students will visit at least two hospitals to understand the complexity of its environments and explore the needs and settings for patients, families and staff. The second week will be dedicated to group work and concept development. Students will team up for design charrettes and workshops and develop concepts addressing patients‘ needs (patient-centered designs) staff needs (staff focused designs) and general layout. The concepts will be presented and discussed in a group presentation with guest critics at the end of the second week. Prerequisites The general prerequisites of the TU Berlin Summer University are: at least one year of university experience + English level B2 or equivalent. Additionally, a max. 1 page motivation letter stating the participant’s purpose and goals in signing up for the course is required. Lecturer(s) Christine Nickl-Weller designs and realizes buildings for healthcare, research and teaching as well as projects in housing and urbanism in Germany and abroad. She joined the Munich-based architecture team of Nickl & Partner in 1989 and became Chief Executive Officer of the corporation in 2008 receiving numerous national and international awards. In 2004, she was appointed Professor at Berlin University of Technology where she holds the chair for the design of hospitals and health care buildings. The chair covers a broad field of topics related to healthcare architecture and urbanism including healing architecture, energy-efficiency in healthcare buildings, healthy urban planning and housing for the elderly. Christine Nickl-Weller initiated the biannual Health Care of the Future symposia taking place in Berlin since 2006 and the Healing Architecture conferences (Berlin, 2011; St. Petersburg 2013; Dubai, 2015) supported by the Federal Ministry of Health. She is author and editor of numerous articles and books and gives lectures in Germany and abroad. Gesche Gerber (TU Berlin-Architecture for Health) Stefanie Matthys (TU Berlin-Architecture for Health) Mena Theissen-Helling (TU Berlin-Architecture for Health) Alvaro Valera Sosa (TU Berlin-Architecture for Health) Guest lecturers: Prof. Hans Nickl Prof. Dr. Cor Wagenaar (tbc) Prof. Frank Christ (tbc) [-]

The Edible City

TU Berlin Summer & Winter University
Campus Full time 4 weeks June 2017 Germany Berlin

The course is suitable for students of all levels of study who want to gain theoretical and practical knowledge for the design of food-productive urban space. [+]

Summer University block 1: June 12th - July 6th, 2017 Course price: 1.850 Euros 18 hours of class sessions per week, 5 ECTS credit points Topic With a focus on urban space and urban space production, this summer course explores how food – in all is aspects from producing to marketing to selling to composting – could become a better-integrated part of our cities. Urban agriculture projects in Berlin will serve as case studies and sites for practical growing/building experience. Target group The course is suitable for students of all levels of study who want to gain theoretical and practical knowledge for the design of food-productive urban space. It is especially suitable for students of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, urban planning and product design who have an interest in the subject area. Learning Goal/Output Students will develop their theoretical knowledge of the emerging subject areas of urban agriculture and urban food systems and learn about methods to design urban space that has a food focus. They will also develop their skills in particpatory design and building processes by working with selected urban agriculture projects in Berlin. Students are encouraged to record and reflect on their learning by means of sketches, photographs and text. Course Components Teaching will be structured in 4 multi-disciplinary components, each running for 1 week and highlighting a particular aspect of the urban food growing theme. Each week will be introduced by context-setting lectures/seminars. These will be followed by practical/design excercises and workshops in and/or for selected urban agriculture projects in Berlin. Participatory design and building methods will guide our work in and/or for our participating projects. Each week will conclude with a series of seminars/lectures aimed at synthesising and recording the acquired theoretical knowledge and practical skills. Students will have access to design workshop spaces and facilities at the University and will visit selected urban agriculture projects in Berlin. Subjects for in-depth investigations (in groups) will be drawn from either the theoretical inputs given or from the practical needs of the participating urban agriculture projects. Short Description With a focus on urban space and urban space production, this summer course explores how food – in all is aspects from producing to marketing to selling to composting – could become a better-integrated part of our cities. Focus of the course are the effects and consequences that our current and future food systems, and especially urban food production, may have on the shape, use and quality of open urban space. When exploring this, we use the European city as a reference working with Berlin as our case study example. Employing methods of design research, we will carry out our investigations in an academic environment that allows theoretical and practice-based exploration of the subject area as well as interdisciplinary collaboration between students of urban design, urban planning, product design, architecture and landscape architecture. As this subject area can be approached from a variety of starting points, the course welcomes particular interests and experiences the prospective students may bring. Urban agriculture projects in Berlin will serve as case studies and sites for practical growing/building experience. Students will have the opportunity to get to know some Berlin-based food-growing projects in greater detail by being engaged in gardening and/or building acitvities that will be jointly planned and carried out by the students and the project participants. Throughout the course, students will be supported in finding their own working methods for recording and evaluating information, as well as for designing and presenting their ideas. Sketching, photographing, building, gardening, discussing, listening, writing and collaging may be some of the tools we will employ individually or in student teams. Prerequisites An open and inquisitive mind as well as the willingness to work in teams is a precondition. The general prerequisites of the TU Berlin Summer University are the following: at least one year of university experience + English level B2 or equivalent. Lecturer(s) Katrin Bohn - course leader Katrin Bohn is an architect and urban practitioner and a Senior Lecturer in architecture at the University of Brighton, UK. She holds a Diploma in Architecture from the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany, and a Master of Science in Architecture from the University of East London, UK. Between 2010 and 2014, she was guest professor at the Technische Universität in Berlin where she headed the Department City & Nutrition. Katrin has taught, lectured, published and exhibited widely on the design concept of CPUL [Continuous Productive Urban Landscape] which she and architect André Viljoen contributed to the international urban design discourse in 2004. Her projects on productive urban landscapes include consultancy, feasability studies and design proposals as well as food-growing installations and participatory events, mainly for clients in the UK and Germany. In 2015, Katrin won the RIBA President's Award for Outstanding University-located Research. Simon Colwill - guest lecturer Simon Colwill (BA(Hons) Dip(Hons)) studied Landscape Architecture at the University of Greenwich in London and worked for many years thereafter as a freelance landscape architect in Berlin. He has been a teaching and research assistant at the Department of Landscape Design and Construction at the Technische Universität in Berlin since 2004. Since 2007, Simon has been a member of CoCoon (http://cocoon-studio.de/), supervising designbuild projects that follow an interdisciplinary designbuild teaching model involving architects, landscape architects and civil engineers. André Viljoen - guest lecturer André Viljoen is Professor of Architecture at the University of Brighton in the UK (http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/staff/andre-viljoen). He studied architecture at the Dublin Institute of Technology (Diploma in Architecture) and holds a Master of Science in Architecture from the University of East London, UK. With Katrin Bohn he has developed the Continuous Productive Urban Landscape concept and is currently leading an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded international network exploring pathways from practice to policy for productive urban landscapes. [-]

Hybrid Space

exMedia
Campus Full time October 2017 Germany Cologne

A new interdisciplinary field of design, researching the transformations of architectural, urban/regional space of the emerging "information age", explores the dynamic interaction of architecture/urbanism and the space of mass media and communication networks. It develops scenarios for the interplay of public urban and public media space. [+]

Best Course Studies in Architecture in Germany 2017. A new interdisciplinary field of design, researching the transformations of architectural, urban/regional space of the emerging "information age", explores the dynamic interaction of architecture/urbanism and the space of mass media and communication networks. It develops scenarios for the interplay of public urban and public media space. The products of these alliances of urban/regional and media networks, of architectural and media space, are bastards: ambivalent spaces that are at the same time analog and digital, tactile and abstract, material and immaterial, expanding hyper-sensuality in the time- and placelessness of media flows. These hybrid spatial morphs act simultaneously in urban (local) and media (global) space and mediate between them, unfolding the undefined space between the local and the global, occupying the vacuum between local place and global space. Within the inversions of identity (communication), within the fluid ever-changing densities in the knitted networks, fused analogue/digital cultures are idensified. [-]