Built and Lived Environment-Science Day


The Chair would like to thank the organizers of the Built and Lived Environment-Science Day at the Pop-Up Campus of RWTH Aachen University. With a thematic focus on the built environment, the scientists were offered the opportunity for an intensive, interdisciplinary exchange. Subdivided into the topics of Urban Health Solutions, Carbon Sink Solutions & Materials, Built-as-Resource Solutions, Climate Change Adaptation and Agile Infrastructure Solutions, many interesting research projects were presented and stimulated enriching discussions. The E3D was represented in two of the five solution categories for the future sustainable design of our living space:

As part of the presentations on Urban Health Solutions, Jacob Eilts from the Healthy Living Spaces teaching and research area and Anna Langenbeck (E3D) collaboratively presented the project HOffEn: Home Office and Energy Transition. Moderated by Prof. Dr. Marcel Schweiker and Prof. Agnes Förster, the project explored the impact of our designed environment on human health and well-being at different scales. From individual interiors to public spaces, and from the individual to the collective, various approaches and a wide range of methods were discussed. Taking into account current political and social developments and areas of tension, such as increasing regulation on the one hand and the trend towards individualization on the other, it was possible to pinpoint the challenges of our time and formulate innovative approaches and ideas. The focus was on establishing and promoting a connection between people and the designed environment.

Maxim Shamovich presented the SmartQuart living lab in the Built-as-Resource Solutions group. Under the excellent direction and moderation of Prof. Carola Neugebauer and Prof. Christa Reicher the gap between a district approach and the consideration of the existing heritage building stock was bridged and identified as an important pillar in the energy transition. It has been elaborated on how traditional existing neighborhoods, taking into account life cycle analysis, play an important role in addressing the current challenges of climate change. In addition, the multi-faceted value of these communities was emphasized and approaches were presented on how to protect them from increasingly common climate disasters such as flooding through modern risk management.

The participants were able to draw numerous interesting impressions and inspiration from the inter-and trans-disciplinary dialogue and are looking forward to potential further cooperation within the framework of the Growth Area Built and Lived Environment.