Cultural Landscapes & Urban Resilience


Program Description



Urban Resilience relying on the robustness and preparedness of our built environment and society to its vulnerability is often hard to catch when it comes to its integration and realisation in the day to day realities. Disciplines related to spatial development are more and more asked to respond to these requirements to adapt to unexpected occurrences of natural hazards (earthquakes, floods) and to become reactive in the built space.

Next to the building related knowledge about vulnerability and preventive or adaptive measures among architects and engineers the process and acceptance of it is dependant on cultural values as well. The overarching topic of urban resilience, therefore, can be treated with a transcultural perspective, as a cultural landscape understood as an environment that is created by humans in relation to their natural surroundings with today’s expectations to construct resilient structures and communities. The process of change that forms the cultural landscapes for urban resilience requires an interdisciplinary approach that is taking into account diverse aspects of building schemes and planning processes.

Participants will learn about several aspects of urban resilience from an environmental and cultural perspective through different tools, scientific methods and analysis, including gis-techniques. The course will introduce more general approaches for integrated urban development and urban sustainability to the specific analysis of urban heat islands as well as the analysis of different construction typologies in relation to risks of earthquake damage. For case study we will refer to two different settlements forms: informal and formal, trying to weigh in how far both forms can contribute to resilient settlement patterns and which additional measures should be taken into consideration.

The course will systematically approach an understanding of urban resilience that both connects man-made as well as natural conditions in the urban context, including scales from the urban to the building level.

  • Setting parameters for urban resilience
  • The complexity of Integrated Urban Development Concepts and the realities
  • Analytical approaches to urban heat islands (neighbourhood level and larger)
  • Assessment of Earthquake risks (building level)
  • Societal ideals and the impact of urban green for the urban environment
  • Drawing out a comparative study between informal and formal settlements
  • Learn how affected areas can be connected to user-oriented systems
  • Consequences from the case studies for integrative planning schemes

Next to planning in an interdisciplinary and transnational context, the workshop offers different options to learn about different approaches and urban typologies and to assess them in a broader perspective for finally being able to shape and design in different geographical and cultural systems.

The course language is English.

Certificate & Credit Points

After successful completion of this course, you will receive a certificate of participation. It will show the course title, the date and duration of the course, the number of contact hours as well as the main contents and topics.

Participants will earn 4 credit points (ECTS) if they present a detailed design proposal and a concept paper at the end of the course.

The course takes place all day from Monday until Friday. It is necessary to attend at least 80% of the course lessons to receive credit points.

Target Group

Students (Bachelor from 6th semester & Master) of disciplines related to spatial development like architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, urban and spatial planning, cultural-, social-, economic geography, development and others.

Previous knowledge:

  • Interest to work in a holistic and interdisciplinary way on urban settlements and urban environment.
  • Basics in GIS are desirable (no condition) and/or CAD.
  • Good knowledge of English language.

Technical requirements:

  • Writing and sketching material, explorative mind
  • Laptop with the following software for Geographical Information Systems:

Quantum GIS (QGIS) free download AND ArcGIS student trial:

Please note:

  • Some preparatory material (texts and a small task) will be sent out to participants 4 weeks before the course starts.


1. Online Registration

In order to register, please complete our registration form.

2. Documents

Please submit the following documents by 1 May 2017 as one pdf file via email.

  • Curriculum vitae: max. two pages
  • Letter of motivation: Why did you choose this course? - max. 500 words
  • Portfolio: Introduce at least 3 of your projects by using photos, drawings or words!
  • English language certificate: at least level B1 or comparable

Please note the following points:

  • Only one pdf file (max. 5 MB)
  • Email with subject »Application Cultural Landscapes«
  • Name of pdf file »Cultural_Landscapes_family name_first name«


3. Selection Process

All applicants will receive admission notification by 15 May 2017 via e-mail and will have to confirm participation within 3 days. If applicants fail to do this, places will be given to others on the waiting list.

After you have confirmed your participation, you will receive the invoice for your specialised course until the end of May.

If you need a VISA, we recommend to inform now about the requirements and to make an appointment with the German embassy in your home country.

A maximum of 25 applicants will be selected to participate in this course.

Course Fee

The course fee is 700 EURO.

  • 500 EURO for students & alumni
  • 300 EURO for BUW students

The course fee includes:

  • Orientation & Support
  • Programme according to description
  • Teaching materials
  • Bauhaus Summer School ID card
  • Certificate
  • Internet access at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
  • Free use of library
  • Accompanying programme (except excursions)
  • Free entrance to museums belonging to Klassik Stiftung Weimar
Last updated Feb 2018

About the School

Each year approximately 400 participants from 70 countries around the world create a unique intercultural atmosphere. Be a part of the experience and make friendships that will last a lifetime!

Each year approximately 400 participants from 70 countries around the world create a unique intercultural atmosphere. Be a part of the experience and make friendships that will last a lifetime! Read less