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The Institute of Architecture is connected to universities and other research institutiones worldwide - from Japan, the US, Israel, Turkey, China, in South America but also Milan, Paris, Madrid, Delft and many more. We see ourselves as an laboratory for innovative ideas and concepts. Also we are comitted to equal opportunaties and the idea of a pluralistic society.


Habitat Unit

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The Habitat Unit is a globally networked research and teaching centre developing new approaches, expertise and application-oriented tools relevant for global urbanisation and urban change processes. The Habitat Unit is committed to an inclusive and rights based approach to urban policy, urban management as well as development-oriented and actor-driven planning. Under the directon of Prof. Dr. Philipp Misselwitz the Department collaborates closely with leading universities worldwide, advises national and global development agencies and represents the TU Berlin as official partner in the Habitat Partner Universities Initiative established by the United Nations Center for Human Settlements (UN HABITAT).

The Habitat Unit seeks to contribute to the rich and growing body of knowledge of global urbanisation processes which is needed to effectively address global urbanisation challenges. We belief in the need to overcome traditional trajectories of knowledge production and transfer, disciplinary fragmentation and persisting knowledge hierarchies. We promote new approaches to inter- and transdisciplinary urban knowledge production in urban contexts across the globe and work with a diverse and growing set of partner institutions, ranging from academic research and teaching institutions to governmental and non-governmental organisations or grassroots initiatives.

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Under the direction of Prof. Raoul Bunschoten, Chora has a long-term commitment to developing new methods for architectural design and urban planning that help mitigate and adapt to the challenges of climate change. It operates as a cloud of research and practice clusters in Berlin, London and Chengdu. Chora Conscious City here at TU Berlin actively engages in questioning the current appropriation of the Smart City concept by the technocratic aspect of the practice. We aim at counteracting this trend by developing projects that put the profession of urban design back to the centre of the (smart) city discourse. Chora is pioneering the use of new planning methods for low-carbon urbanism and the integration of CDM (clean development mechanisms). Recently, Chora has conducted commissioned low-carbon studies and stakeholder game workshops for the cities of Xiamen, Taichung and London, and has acted as a Consultant to the London Development Agency on the planned Green Enterprise District, East London. Chora has won a range of prizes on large-scale urban projects including 1 prize for Tempelhof Urban Ideas Competition in Berlin, and winning entry for the Schuytgraaf Public Space Competition.

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Think Design Build 2018

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On the 8th and 9th of November, 2018 the Institute of Architecture at the TU Berlin hold the conference THINK. DESIGN. BUILD. 2. TYPE, TYPOLOGY AND TYPOGENESIS IN ARCHITECTURE. This was the second international conference of the Think. Design. Build series, organized every two years by the Institute of Architecture. The first conference took place in 2016 under the title Think. Design. Build 1 – Architectural Matters.

This year’s conference, Type, Typology, and Typogenesis in Architecture, will address the process of type formation in terms of THEORY (THINK), PROJECT (DESIGN), and PRACTICE (BUILD). The conference will pick up on a complex and current topic. As a result of the introduction of Web 2.0, a differentiation between labour and production worlds, free time, as well as individual patterns of dwelling and partnership can be observed, demanding more than ever the emergence of new typologies in architecture and urban planning.

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Think Design Build 2016

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Under the influence of omnipresent COMPUTERIZATION (ubiquitous computing), SIMULATION (building information modelling) and DIGITAL NETWORKING (internet of things), instead of being an active agent, architecture seems to turn more and more into a passive witness of society’s cultural transformation. With far-reaching implications for society, architecture gradually abandons its social aspirations. This is especially the case where architecture mimics the digital tools that should be at its service.

The conference Think. Design. Build. Architectural Matters will look at the three fundamental knowledge practices of architecture: The practice of THINKING (concept/word), DESIGNING (drawing/model) and BUILDING (material/structure). A focus will be on the critical analysis of the models, methods and medial practices of that which can be expressed in WORDS (idea), represented in DRAWINGS (creation), and constructed in MATERIALS (realisation). The conference will analyse how the three knowledge practices are interconnected, and how knowledge is transferred, transformed and accumulated.

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