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Habitat Design?

The actual SPACE was and will be an essential factor of the social and physical development of our times. Modern communication and information media might be able to create virtual worlds, however, all worldwide communicating human beings, will find themselves at a determinable location in the end. In a definite space, s/he claims, which qualities s/he measures and whose improvement s/he demands: their HABITAT.

Their DESIGN has to be comprehended at length. Not only architectural drafts and their engineer-technical adaptation create our habitats, the process also includes planning concepts for urban, peri-or sub-urban and rural spaces as well as projects of city and regional infrastructure. Moreover, the exploratory analysis and interpretation of urban and rural spaces composes habitats, through pursuing its possible social value as a heritage and/or identity-building factor within society.

Matters concerning the design of habitats are mostly interdisciplinary questions that require an approach from various disciplines. In order to generate knowledge about the consequences of ecological, economical, social, and technological developments as well as design methods linked to highly complex special connections, nature, human, social, planning, and technical sciences have to work together in an inter- and trans-disciplinary manner. 

The need of ground-based research arises from the subject-based approach towards space and design and the respective focus of questions on processes, dynamics and constructions. Besides, the application-related research plays a particular role: 

The design of habitats is a research field which has a vast significance for the society and therefore it will have to face an increased importance due to growing spatial problems. These issues extend as far as global questions regarding the cause and effects of climate change and as little as local subjects concerning questions of structure details and construction research. Incorporating the third dimension, this future topic contains issues such as the urban climate, or earthquake security as well as the fourth dimension as regards space and time research.

Prospective design of habitats in industrial countries with their urgent issues of keeping and growing the quality of life, the functionality and competitiveness of cities and regions is very important. The same applies for developing and threshold countries which face trouble on the subject of growth, urbanization, industrialization and several key spatial tasks. Another essential part of the research is formed by historical, cultural science, and art debates. As a consequence of the high social and practical relevance, the future topic design of habitats deals with numerous questions that are application-orientated.

Our Approach

Topographical, ecological, social, cultural and technical conditions of human life and behavior are brought together with the central parameter of space. This viewpoint is not present in the scientific discus, up to now ­ although, their interdependence is almost not contestable. 

The innovation center investigates habitats and their design with a holistic approach. It has an extensive access to the present investigateable and formable aspects of the built and vacant environment.  

The IC HD is going to establish a national and international specific approach for research collaborations linked to space-related science and especially Planning science. It comprises the planning, construction and design process as well as the analysis of social, cultural, technical, economical, and ecological developments and their space relation. Core of the approach is to initiate a structured inter- and trans-disciplinary communication and research process.

Our Mission

The IC HD links, concentrates, and structures the existing, broad competences of space-related research at the TU Berlin. It kicks off new research topics and co-operations and therefore increases the visibility of space-related research activities at the TU Berlin on a national and international level. The group research projects initiated by the IC HD play an important role in further developing the interdisciplinary space-related research as well as the interdisciplinary approach within the involved professional disciplines.

Our Principles

  • Future orientation: The IC HD is a “laboratory” for future questions and focuses on the topics of “tomorrow” and “the day after tomorrow”.
  • Pre-competitive topics: The IC HD predominately identifies and works on issues, which are not part of commercial politics and business consultancy yet.
  • Interdisciplinary: The IC HD is a co-operation of the respective space-related disciplines.
  • Transdisciplinary: The IC HD promotes and builds up the structured co-operation between science and social formations (Companies, NGOs and others). Goal is the mutual identification and handling of future issues.
  • Transfer-orientation: The transfer between science and social practice implies the already striven common identification of relevant future topics within the work of the IC HD.
  • Experimental working methods: The IC HD strives to foster the use of experimental working methods within its everyday efforts.
  • Internationality: The IC HD is regionally, nationally and internationally linked.
  • Promotion of up-and-coming young scientists: The IC HD integrates up-and-coming young scientists well-directed and in a responsible position.

Our Structure

In terms of content and up-and-organization the IC HD is initially constituted by seven interdisciplinary, highly innovative research clusters. They present the whole array of the future topic: design of habitats. Besides, additional far developed initiatives and successful research activities at the TU Berlin are supposed to be integrated into the IC HD in terms of content and structure.

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Innovation Center - Habitat Design
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