The research clusters have two
dimensions: one content-orientated and one on their structural
organization. Comprising research questions with a current and
medium-term relevance and providing access to different disciplines
are the main are the main tasks of the research clusters.
Additionally, they contain existing processing potential at the TU
Berlin and a spatially determined or spatially orientated issue or
challenge. Therefore, the work within the research clusters requires
the co-operation of different disciplines and the parallel working on
diverse projects with the same general topic. The research clusters
form the foundation for the extension spatial-orientated research
competences at the TU Berlin and the acquisition of structure-forming
group research projects. Moreover, the clusters have a determined time
horizon; at the latest, they end if the main questions/tasks of the
cluster are answered / resolved. Afterwards, they are replaced by new
research clusters. Due to the group orientated approach of the IC HD,
the research clusters are associated with specialized fields and
bodies of various institutes and faculties of the TU Berlin.
With the establishment of the IC HD seven new research clusters have been developed. These were verified in terms of prospects of success, prior concessions, existing or to be completed competences at the TU Berlin and their ability to compete with other research institutions.
Besides these new clusters, the IC HD tries to
integrate other, advanced initiatives and successful activities at the
University of Technology Berlin as regards content and structurally.
These are, for example, the already running, joint projects of the
Federal Ministry of Education and Research and TU Berlin, which are:
Urban Agriculture as an Integrative Factor of Climate-Optimised Urban Development, Casablanca 
Young Cities - Developing Energy-Efficient Urban Fabric in the Tehran-Karaj Region 
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